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Meme Bulletin and Blog

The meme bulletin is a monthly newsletter curated members of the meme studies research network. The bulletin explores different themes, methodologies, and theoretical standpoints all relating to the study of memes. Each issue includes an introduction, a meme of the month and a collection of texts that speak to the chosen topic. Our aim with these newsletters is to make our growing index of meme studies
resources more accessible, to put these resources into context and to create dialogue.

We also maintain a blog to encourage discussion around contemporary and popular memes as well as meme history.

If you are interested in contributing to the blog or the bulletin please e-mail memestudiesrn@gmail.com


Read our outputs here:

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 memes…

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 was…

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 with…

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 approach…

“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 actors…

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 “the…

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 dynamics…

Event Alert!

We are happy to announce that Dr Bradley Wiggins will be joining us for a talk about the discursive power of memes on July 29, 2021 at 3PM BST. This talk will be based on his 2019 book The Discursive Power of Memes in Digital Culture: Ideology, Semiotics, and Intertextuality published by Routledge. To register…

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 in…

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