The Protest Spaces Research Network is organized around six thematic and methodological working groups.
Visualizing Protest Spaces
- Why do organizers choose specific spaces for protest events?
- How does location, historical or cultural significance, or accessibility affect these choices?
- How do tools like GIS mapping, network visualizations, virtual and augmented reality, and data visualization enable researchers to engage different questions about protest spaces?
Teaching and Learning
- What are best practices for educators who teach protest events?
- Explore which pedagogical techniques work best with this content such as project-based learning, service learning, interdisciplinary collaboration etc.
- How do we increase K-12 educator use of archival protest sources for instruction?
Engaging Activist Communities
- How do you disseminate your messages? How do preserve your messages?
- What kind of legacy will your activism leave?
- What happens to your materials when the event or campaign is over?
Repositories & Datasets
- What types of data/sources do protest events generate?
- Who are the audiences for repositories? For various datasets?
- What are best practices for crowdsourced datasets, metadata or repositories?
Expression and Communication (Modalities of Protest)
- How has the focus of protest events shaped the format?
- Do particular issues or movements lend themselves to specific types of protest?
- How do symbols and types of protests (such as die-ins) move from one protest movement to another?
- How have changes in the media (for example, the rising influence of social media and the waning influence of broadcast news) changed protest strategies?
- When and why has non-violent civil disobedience been incorporated into protest movements, and what has the efficacy of this form of protest been?
Planning and Space Governance
- How has 9-11 and terrorism more broadly shaped the governance of public space in recent years?
- How do planners consider protest in the creation of new public spaces?
- How are new technologies, including social media, smart phones, and facial recognition software, enabling novel kinds of surveillance of public spaces, and how is this influencing protest movements?
- How are activists resisting surveillance?
- How are archives collecting important social media data related to protests (for example, #BlackLivesMatter) without assisting in government surveillance of those protest movements?