– 22 de enero. The secret of the business” Lightening the shadows of the second-hand clothing market from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Alba Valenciano (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). 15:30h, Sala de Juntes, Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, en formato híbrido.

Second-hand clothing markets are booming, and they have become one of the many resources for greenwashing the fast-fashion industry and conspicuous consumption practices in most parts of the world. The paper explores the second-hand clothing value chain as a (re)commodification process that it does not only turn “rags to riches” for some but also generates embittered financial opportunities for others. By presenting an ethnography of the everyday use of imported second-hand clothing bulk bales by Guinean female petty traders, I show how second-hand clothing is used to retain and distribute value. The paper revolves around the role of the market (place) in shaping commodities and their uses. While the volatile market in which Guinean petty traders operate is filled with insecurity, the second-hand market-place generates the possibilities to navigate this uncertainty. The second-hand clothing bale becomes, at once, a commodity, a financial resource, and an ecological problem once it hits the market-place stalls in Malabo.


-December 14, 2022. Double Seminar session:

#AmazoníaViVaHumanidadSegura: transnacionalismo político indígena, ciberactivismo y redes sociales. Karla Nahuelpán (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). 16:00h, Sala de Actes, Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, en formato híbrido: ENLACE.

A mediados del siglo XX, comienzan los movimientos sociales indígenas en América, esto tras las políticas asimilacionistas por parte de los Estados-nación. Sin embargo, ya en la década del 90, ciertos movimientos indígenas dieron un vuelvo en su forma de hacer activismo, realizándolo de manera digital. Este hecho ha generado no tan solo mayor visibilización del movimiento indígena, sino que también ha forjado relaciones transnacionales entre organizaciones indígenas con organismos internacionales y ONG’s. Este es el caso de la Coordinadora de Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica, quienes han hecho de lo digital una herramienta para el activismo indígena

Who Follows Whom on Twitter: Homophily in Twitter Follower Networks. Alexi Quintana Mathé (Investigador visitante Northeastern University). 16:45h, Sala de Actes, Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, en formato híbrido: ENLACE.

The structure of ties among users of a Social Media platform strongly conditions the content users see and experience on the site. In particular, the extent that relationships on the platform are segregated based on attributes such as partisanship has important implications for how information flows on it. This talk presents an analysis of homophily in following relationships on Twitter for a sample of 1.1 million U.S. users matched to administrative data, including age, race/ethnicity, sex, location, and partisanship information. We look at how these variables are associated with having a tie on Twitter and find geographical distance to be the most important variable. In contrast, partisanship homophily is not as relevant as concerns over polarization generally imply.

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