Media Action Research Group (MARG) was an intersectional feminist collective that researched with grassroots media activists to co-produce knowledge toward transformative social change. From 2013 to 2019, we have had a multi-year research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to support our work.
We aim to disrupt how academic research is done traditionally by using alternative methods and making media activism central to this project. We want to make this project useful for media activists on the ground by writing accessible research findings, creating activist resources such as videos, offering collaborative workshops, organizing conferences, and partnering with media activist groups.
Using a methodology called “Participatory Communicative Action Research”, the process of relationship building through collaboration is central to our project.
We have included a diverse array of grassroots autonomous media activism in terms of genre, from radio and print to video and online media. We prioritize media projects organized by, for, and with marginalized communities who have otherwise been systemically excluded from more dominant forms of media across intersectional identities reflected in queer, trans, anti-racist, feminist and anti-colonial media projects.
Past members: Holly Nazar & Joanna Adamiak (co-founders), Anabel Khoo, Christina Petsinis, Emilie Michalik, Sami Pritchard, Chloe Verner, Kami Amer, and Toni Hounslow
Community member partners: Annie Claire, Carolin Huang, Rebecca Granovsky-Larsen, Darya Marchenkova, and Shelagh Pizey-Allen
MARG collaborates with many media activist projects to support their work and link their activism to our research. Here are some partnerships we have created: