Teachers: Jesper Huor, Christian Christensen, Alexa Robertson

Class description: This class begins with a screening of WikiRebels made by Jesper Huor and first broadcast in 2010, when Wikileaks was a novel and intriguing phenomenon, and its founder, Julian Assange, was still at large. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jesper Huor. After the break, Alexa Robertson and Christian Christensen will talk about what Wikileaks has become today.

Alexa Robertson’s point of departure is the notion of hybridity, and the work of Andrew Chadwick, which are central to a course offered in the spring term (Media and Politics in a Globalizing World). The bulk of the final hour, however, will be devoted to Christian Christensen’s research on Wikileaks. What intrigues all three teachers is how Wikileaks has morphed from its activist origins to become a nefarious actor in the global information war. What is Wikileaks? How should such phenomena be conceptualized?

Companion reading:
Christensen, C. (ed.). (2014). WikiLeaks: From Popular Culture to Political Economy. Los Angeles: Annenberg Press.