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Digital Platforms in the Global South

Plateformes dans les Suds

Shaping a Critical Approach

Quelles pistes pour une approche critique ?

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Published on Friday, June 18, 2021


The social, political, economical and cultural issues raised by digital platforms are usually studied from the perspective of the North-American and West-Euiropean contexts, much less frequently from the perspectives of the Global South countries. This two-days workshop, held in English, aims at sketching out the state of research in this latter field and at exploring new avenues of research.



1rst Day – Monday June 28th

14h - 14h45 Introduction - Philippe Bouquillion, Christine Ithurbide and Tristan Mattelart, Some Preliminary Observations on an Emerging Research Field

14h45 - 15h30 Keynote Speech - Nick Couldry et Ulises Mejias, Colonized by Data: Platforms and the Reconfiguration of Social Life for Capital

15h30 – 15h45 Pause

15h45 - 17h15 Session I – The Stakes of Digital Platforms for Industry and Public Policy in the Global South

  • Alessandro Jedlowski: The (Un)making of Informational Sovereignty in the South: Screen Media, Politics, and Technological Innovation in Nigeria
  • Vibodh Parthasarathi and Simran Agarwal: From Platforms to Platformisation: The Reconfiguration of  Social Economies in India
  • Rodrigo Gómez GarcíaChallenges of Media Policy in the Age of Platform Imperialism: A View from Latin America

2nd Day – Tuesday June 29th

14h - 15h30 Session II - Behind Digital Platforms, Perspectives from Cultural and Digital Workers

  • Alix Bénistant: Cultural Crowdfunding Platforms in Latin America. From the "Creative" Political Agenda to the Strategies of Actors
  • Vassili Rivron:  Differentiated Access to Platforms: The Artist-Producer in the Reorganization of Musical Sectors in Brazil and Central Africa
  • Abdelfettah Benchenna: Relocation of ICT-Related jobs: A Phenomenon at the Crossroads of North / South Relations and Social Classes? A View from Morocco

15h30 – 15h45 Pause

15h45 – 17h15 Session III - Strategies of Transnational Players and Localization Processes

  • Luis Albornoz: The Issues Raised by Netflix Strategies in Latin America
  • Philippe Bouquillion: The Links between Content Industries and Technical Infrastructures in the Case of Indian Audiovisual Platforms: What Stakes of Hegemony?
  • Christine Ithurbide: Digital Platforms Weaving into Local Craft Industry: Learnings from Assam, India

17h15- 17h30  Concluding remarks


In situ ou par Zoom


  • Salle 214 - Université Paris 2, 92 rue d'Assas
    Paris, France (75006)


  • Monday, June 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Attached files


  • plateforme numérique, pays des Suds


  • Tristan Mattelart
    courriel : tristan [dot] mattelart [at] u-paris2 [dot] fr
  • Christine Ithurbide
    courriel : christine [dot] ithurbide [at] cnrs [dot] fr
  • Philippe Bouquillion
    courriel : philippe [dot] bouquillion [at] univ-paris13 [dot] fr

Information source

  • Tristan Mattelart
    courriel : tristan [dot] mattelart [at] u-paris2 [dot] fr


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