U-M symposium: Social media influencers’ effect on society, politics and economy in Global South

April 4, 2022
Written By:
Sarah Derouin


DATE: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 7-8, 2022

EVENT: An international cohort of social media influencers will arrive at the University of Michigan for a two-day symposium. The “Social Media Influencers and the New Political Economy in South Asia and Africa” symposium will highlight the role of social media in societies around the world, especially the Global South, and showcase how influencers impact politics, economy and culture.

Invited speakers represent social media influencers from a wide array of platforms, and include film stars, politicians, lawyers, journalists, artists, dissidents, comedians and scholars from two of the fastest growing internet-using regions in the world: South Asia and Africa.

PLACE: This virtual event is free and open to the public. Sign up to attend in-person or virtually. Location: Room 2435, North Quad, 105 State St., Ann Arbor.

SPONSORS: Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, African Studies Center, School of Information, Rackham Graduate School and Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing

INFORMATION: For details on speakers and the schedule of events, visit the symposium website. For media interest, contact Sarah Derouin sderouin@umich.edu.