Special Session - Tierra Común: Building Academic and Activist Solidarity In/With the Global South


The Global North currently dominates debates on tech and big data, as noted at the IAMCR 2019 special session on ‘Big Data and Datafication: Taking Seriously Perspectives from the Global South’. This new special session asks how academics can respond to this imbalance, drawing on the example of the Tierra Común network of academics and activists, formed in 2020 by Paola Ricaurte, Ulises Mejias and Nick Couldry to challenge data colonialism. 

This session, chaired by Couldry, draws specifically on current research and activist practices by members of Tierra Común to highlight how Global North hegemony can practically be resisted through collaborative working practices and conceptual innovation. In this way, across all the contributors, the panel will raise the broader question of how academics can best put their research to use, in dialogue with those outside the academy, in order to serve social change.

Date and Time

Wednesday, July 12th | 10h30 - 12h30


Amphithéâtre de la médiathèque


Nick Couldry (London School of Economics)


  • Nick Couldry (London School of Economics)
  • Nai Lee Kalema (University College London; What is Digital Racial Capitalism: Data colonialism’s entanglements with racial capitalism) 
  • Andres Lombana Bermudez (Javeriana University; Dialogues on Alternative Data Governance Approaches: Reflections from the TC network)
  • Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois; The Active Archive: Tierra Comun and Feminist Engagements of the Local Archive)
  • Paola Ricaurte Quijano (Monterey Tech, Mexico City; Facing the terracide: The datafication of the ecosphere and the affectation of bodies-territories)
  • Sebastian Lehuedé (University of Cambridge, UK; Territories in Resistance: Activism Against Terricida; Technologies in Chile)

Sciences po Lyon          IAMCR

in partnership with:

Congres Lyon 1     Only Lyon


with the support of:

Universite Lumiere      Jean Moulin      Elico logo