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The Meme Studies Research Network is an international and interdisciplinary research network for scholars who study memes. It aims to bring people together and foster discussion about memes from various academic fields, methodological practices and theoretical standpoints. The main goal of the network is to collaboratively establish a meme studies canon, and offer researchers an index of resources that center memes as their main object of interest.


Meme Bulletin and Blog


Diary of a Meme Reader Co-Editor: Navigating the Ethics of Meme Copyright

By Chloë Arkenbout  Twitter: @ArkenboutChloe “I previously ran into some issues with [an] academic journal […] with regards to copyright. I was not able to publish images of memes because I didn’t have the exact source or permission from the creator. This seems ridiculous since memes don’t have authors. I’d like to reference images inContinue reading “Diary of a Meme Reader Co-Editor: Navigating the Ethics of Meme Copyright”

New reading group!

Danielle and Madeleine from the network are organising a critical media studies reading group. They will be starting with Lev Manovich’s Cultural Analytics (2020). If you’d like to join and/or have book recommendations, you can get in touch with Danielle Rudnicka-Lavoie or Madeleine Hunter on the Discord server, or through memestudiesrn@gmail.com with the subject lineContinue reading “New reading group!”

The HaHa of Digital Deterritorialization: Looking at Memes through the lens of Dada Laughter

Natalia Stanusch, John Cabot University Twitter: @NataliaStanusch At their core, memes are provokers of laughter. You like or share a meme because it made you lol (regardless as to whether it was real laugh out loud or just a fleeting endorphin rush). Before you continue scrolling down, a meme makes you pause for a moment;Continue reading “The HaHa of Digital Deterritorialization: Looking at Memes through the lens of Dada Laughter”

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