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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


Cultural capital and ironic literacy in the meme economy

Meme Bulletin #6 by Lucie Chateau Memes do not exist on their own, but within a digital cultural economy where they are shared, liked and retweeted to accrue cultural capital. Cultural capital is the asset of knowingwhat makes a meme successful. It entails understanding societal trends and unique forms of humour and irony, as well as being in tune withContinue reading “Cultural capital and ironic literacy in the meme economy”

We are hosting a talk in November!

Dr Shana MacDonald will be joining us on November 15th and will give a talk titled “Feminist Media Studies Approaches to Studying Digital Activist Meme-scapes”. This talk considers the significance of memes within digital activist spaces as tools for circulating necessary cultural critique. In the talk Dr. MacDonald will outline an intersectional feminist media approachContinue reading “We are hosting a talk in November!”

“Two lessons from our recent study on memes and the far right”

Michael Vaughan, Jordan McSwiney, Annett Heft & Matthias Hoffmann The following blog post summarises findings from a recent paper published in Information, Communication & Society titled “Sharing the hate? Memes and transnationality in the far right’s digital visual culture” Memes figure prominently in research on the far right, and for good reason. Contemporary far-right actorsContinue reading ““Two lessons from our recent study on memes and the far right””

Watch the recording of our first event here

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