Digital Reports from the CounterPublics Working Group

Modern dissent has its own politics of representation. In an age drowning in commercial images, counterpublics use the power of visual imagery to mobilize and sustain public dissent. The study of iconic imagery reveals the extent to which political images shape modern ideas and sustain the activism of counterpublics. Counterpublics use the power of visual imagery to mobilize and sustain public dissent. The reports from the counterpublic working group are for educational purposes and individual use only. The images were found online and should not be reproduced commercially. Anyone interested in contributing a digital report on modern dissent is encouraged to do so. Please contact Daniel Drache,

Nationalism, Diaspora, and the Palestinian Identity: "Home" in Alienation Sounds of Blackness: Black Canadian Women Sing and Speak Out

In a bit of a departure from our regular format, below is a cutting edge remixed documentary produced in conjunction with the Toronto Public Culture Working group, entitled Mashup A Documentary Remix Made Possible by Open Source Cinema. It offers an essential primer on copyright, the importance of  remix, and the Creative Commons project.

In addition to these multi-media reports, check out this popular-style article
Counterpublics, Memory and the Politics of Forgiveness

The Global Cultural Flows  Research Project:
Information Technology and the Re-Imagining of National Communities

The aim of this project is to determine the role of global cultural flows in the formation of identity in 21st century Canada. The concept of “global cultural flows” refers to intense international movements of people, cultures and commodities that have restructured the means by which individuals establish personal and collective identities. Robarts’ focus on global cultural flows will centre around five fundamental areas of national concern:

1. Sovereignty
2. Citizen engagement
3. Language and identity
4. Culture
5. And the understanding of communication itself within the Canadian context.
It has been funded by Funded by an SSHRC Research Development Initiative with additional support from Canadian Heritage.

"The Political Economy of Dissent: Global Publics after Cancun" (216K PDF)
by Daniel Drache
"The Growing Global Communication Grid: Shrinking The North-South Divide?"
(216K PDF)
by Daniel Drache, Marco Morra and Marc D. Froese

Media Coverage of the 2003 Toronto SARS Outbreak:
Powerpoint  Presentation (632K PDF)
by Daniel Drache, Seth Feldman, David Clifton
Media Coverage of the 2003 Toronto SARS Outbreak:
A Report on the Role of The Press in a Public Crisis (80K PDF)