Live Streaming as a Political Act: Film Screening and Discussion

Join Media@McGill for a public event titled--Live streaming as a political act: The case of CUTV's live stream coverage from the Quebec's Maple Spring.

The screening and discussion will take place Thursday, February 25th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 14, Leacock Building (Basement), McGill University, 855 Sherbrooke Street West (Metros McGill / Peel). This event is wheelchair accessible, free admission, and open to the public.

Facilitated by Simon Van Vliet, Président of the Association des journalistes indépendants du Québec

Screening of: Qu'est-ce que CUTV? By Huges-Roy, J. (2012)

Discussion by Élise Thorburn, PhD, and Laith Marouf

This presentation focuses on Concordia University Television (CUTV)'s award winning live streaming coverage diffused online during the Quebec student protests of 2012. The discussion will consider how, during the protests, CUTV functioned as a form of social movement media in three distinct ways: as a live streaming source that provided unfiltered coverage of police violence towards the protesters; as a counter-surveillance tactic which subverted the escalating criminalization of the protesters; and as a counter-narrative balancing the stories that were being reported by corporate-owned media and the police.


Élise Thorburn is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brock University's Social Justice Research Institute. Her doctoral research included participatory methods that found her working in the streets with CUTV's live streaming team.

Laith Marouf is the Project Manager for Independent Community Television Montreal. He was the Executive Director at CUTV (from 2010 to 2013) and helped develop its Quebec Spring live broadcasts embedded within the movement.

To view the poster:

Poster-ENG-FR (002).pdf


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