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Department:School of Journalism and Communication


Merlyna Lim is a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Media and Global Network Society. Prior to joining the Carleton University community, she held research and teaching positions at Princeton University, Arizona State University, the University of Southern California, KITLV (the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies), and the East West Center.

Lim’s research and teaching interests revolve around political and cultural implications of media and technology, in relations to globalization, democratization, and social change. Lim’s past and current research projects are predominantly conducted in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

As the CRC, Lim’s current projects deal with conceptual and theoretical understanding of the actual (neither imagined nor desired) role of digital media in supporting contemporary social movements and transforming politics globally. By reading and analyzing social movements spatially, this research offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between movements, urban space and digital media. Using empirical evidence from various contexts, the research will generate conceptual and theoretical frameworks of the dialectical interplay between digital media and physical urban spaces in the making of contemporary social movements.

Selected Publications

For more publications, see:

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. (eds.) (2014) Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crowd in Social Media, New York/Heidelberg: Springer.

Lim, M. (2014) Seeing Spatially: People, Networks and Movements in Digital and Urban Spaces, International Development Planning Review, 36(1): 51-72. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2013) Framing Bouazizi: ‘White Lies, Hybrid Network, and Collective/Connective Action in the 2010-2011 Tunisian Uprising, Journalism: Theory, practice and criticism, 14(7): 921-941. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2013) Many Clicks but Little Sticks: Social Media Activism in Indonesia, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43(4): 636-657. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2013) The Internet and Everyday Life in Indonesia: New Moral Panics? Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI) / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania, 169(1): 133-147. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2012) Life is Local in the Imagined Global Community: Islam and Politics in the Indonesian Blogosphere, Journal of Media and Religion, 11(3): 127-140. [PDF]

Lim, M.  (2012) Clicks, Cabs, Coffee Houses: Social Media and the Oppositional Movements in Egypt (2004-2011), Journal of Communication, 62(2), 231-248. [PDF]

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. (2012) Raising and Rising Voices: Cyber-Collective Movements in the Female Muslim Blogosphere, Business & Information Systems Engineering, 3: 113-126.Best Publication Awards 2012 in Information Systems (of all published articles in the field internationally) [PDF]

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. (2012) Online Collective Action and The Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Opinions, in C. G. Reddick & S. K. Aikins (eds.), Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance: Political, Policy and Management Implications, 99-123.

Lim, M. (2011)[2008] Transient Civic Spaces in Jakarta Indonesia, in Mike Douglass, KC Ho, Giok- Ling Ooi (eds.) Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia — The Social Production of Civic Spaces, London: Routledge, 366-396 (2nd edition, 1st edition published in 2008). [PDF]

Lim, M.  (2009) Global Muslim Blogosphere: Mosaics of Global-Local Discourses, in M. McLelland and G. Goggin (eds.) Internationalizing Internet Studies: Beyond Anglophone Paradigms, London: Routledge, 178-195. [PDF]

Lim, M. and Padawangi, R. (2008) Contesting Alun-Alun: Power Relations, Identities, and the Production of Urban Spaces in Bandung Indonesia, International Development Planning Review, 30(3): 307-326. [PDF]

Lim, M. and Kann, M.  (2008) Networked Politics: Deliberation, Mobilization and Networked Practices of Agitation in K. Varnelis (ed.) Networked Publics, Cambridge: MIT Press, 77-107.[PDF]

Lim, M.  (2008) Bundling Meta-Narratives on the Internet: Conflict in Maluku in S. Tekwani (ed.), Media and Conflict Reporting in Asia, Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), 170-198.

Lim, M. (2006) Cyber-Urban Activism and Political Change in Indonesia, Eastbound, 1(1): 1-19.  [PDF]


COMM 5214F Communication & Globalization

COMM/JOUR 3405A Communication in a Global Context