Call for Contributors: Ferguson, Social Media, and Activism

This call for contributors originally appeared during the summer of 2014. Tara L. Conley posted the call a few days after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. This was also a tipping point moment in the era of Black Lives Matter.

Hashtag Feminism invites contributions that provide insightful perspectives on the recent events transpiring in Ferguson, Missouri. Specifically, we are looking for perspectives that account for the ways social media, namely Twitter has played a role in igniting activism in Ferguson and across the country.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • The disconnect between Facebook and Twitter and how people talking about Michael Brown and Ferguson. This may also highlight a discussion on the different ways Facebook’s and Twitter’s algorithms are capturing conversations across social media. See this Medium piece as a useful example or starting point.

  • Criticism of ‘Twitter Activism’ and response from Black feminists.

  • Resource roundup of follow-worthy hashtags, livestreams, and Twitter users covering and editorializing the events happening in Ferguson.

  • Activists story telling about their experiences organizing around Ferguson online and offline.

  • Youth organizers using Twitter to organize, raise awareness, and resist during the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Please refer to #Submission Guidelines for further information about style, content, and pitch guidelines.

We look forward to hearing from you!