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The story of the Meme Studies Index

Jun 17, 2022 by Idil Galip The Meme Studies Research Network (MSRN) Index is a collaborative project that collects and presents academic literature about the use, spread and impact of internet memes. The MSRN index was modeled after the Cyberfeminism Index facilitated by Mindy Seu and LSE Digital Ethnography Collective’s reading list. You can visit it on memestudiesindex.com. Internet memesContinue reading “The story of the Meme Studies Index”

The Meme Studies Index

We’re happy to announce that memestudiesindex.com is now live. This website was built in collaboration with virtualgoodsdealer and is where our reading list is now housed. The Meme Studies Research Network (MSRN) Index is a collaborative project that collects and presents academic literature about the use, spread and impact of internet memes. The MSRN index wasContinue reading “The Meme Studies Index”

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””

Memes and Identity

By Giulia Giorgi Twitter: @GiuliaGiorgi14 Among the different functions ascribed to memes, the impact on the creation and expression of collective identities is probably one of the most studied aspects of memetic culture. In this context, memes are mostly conceived as either a shared code between members of online communities or as a social practice underlying the mechanisms of cultural production. Specifically, scholars agree that memes contribute to shaping “theContinue reading “Memes and Identity”

Complicating gender through memes

by Hester Hockin-Boyers, Leslie Liu and Danielle Rudnicka-Lavoie Memes have multiple potential functions beyond entertainment, including the reinforcement of boundaries and stereotypes, the maintenance and subversion of hierarchies, and the creation of solidarity within groups (Drackett et al, 2018). In this respect, scholars have explored how memes can draw on and reify existing gendered dynamicsContinue reading “Complicating gender through memes”

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!”