Global Europe, Local Europe & Protest in the Age of Social Osmosis

Session #4 Presentation  |  Friday, June 28 | 12:00-13:30
Auditorium Maximum JU (Aula Mała)

Sub-Theme: Europe’s place in a global setting: unified, divided, multi-track or simply lost?

Kris Kotarski
Europe des peuples_

Occupy Paris | by stanjourdan | in Flickr

Examining a string of revolts in the age of social media dating from the 2005 riots in the Paris banlieues, journalist Kris Kotarski considers protests in Europe and outside, and how protest symbols and tactics cross borders, mutate, and take on new forms. Kotarski examines the growth and spread of modern revolts, the construction and deconstruction of myths and images, and the role of the media — both legacy and new — in creating and shutting down space for protest movements to function. The presentation draws on the ideas of strategist John Robb who has theorized about open source warfare and open source protests, and sociologist and University of North Carolina professor Zeynep Tufekci who has studied the intersection of social media and protest, the outcomes of modern revolts, and the broader interactions between technology and society.


Kris Kotarski

Kris Kotarski is a journalist and researcher focusing on international justice and human rights. He is presently the New Media Editor at the Institute for War & Peace Reporting in The Hague where he covers the International Criminal Court. He is also a columnist for the Calgary Herald, where he writes about technology, human rights and international affairs. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary where he researched nuclear materials safety and cooperative threat reduction programs in the former Soviet Union. He presently resides in Berlin.