- Last month, we convened over 2,500 media makers, artists, and organizers for the 19th annual Allied Media Conference. Over four days and nights participants made media, developed new organizing strategies, met up with new and old friends, and partied at nighttime events. They also shared their experiences and reflections in real time on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #AMC2017. We read through over 4,300 tweets and hundreds of Instagram posts to showcase some of the highlights and themes from this year’s conference. Read on for AMC2017’s media round-up!
A Network of Networks
- A Network Gathering is a day-long mini-conference convened by a local or national network on the Thursday of the AMC. This year we had 16 network gatherings, more than ever before, ranging from “No Perfect Victims” (building support for survivors who live at the intersection of gender violence and criminalization) to the “Detroit/Puerto Rico Solidarity Exchange.”
- This was the first year the AMC hosted “plenaries,” or panel discussions presented every morning of the AMC for a large audience. This year's plenaries included "Past, Present, Futurism," "Stories Become Movements Become Stories," "Data & Power," and "Popular Cultures for New Worlds."
- In response to the Philando Castile verdict, AMCers expressed feelings of shock and grief, and came together to process, reflect and honor those who have lost loved ones to police and state violence.
Media is All the Ways You Communicate with the World
- At the AMC, we define "media" as all the ways you communicate with the world. From pickle-making to casting spells, the concept of media at AMC2017 was as expansive as ever.