The conference will address questions such as:
In what senses are various types of media, including those reliant on new communication technologies, aggravating inter-ethnic tensions in Europe?
How serious a threat to social cohesion in European societies are extremist websites, blogs and other new media forms of global and national provenance?
Are ethnic and racial minorities accorded appropriate rights to representation in national broadcasting systems?
To what extent are representations of ethnicity, race and nationhood, and the coverage of issues pertaining to ethnic cohesion, dependent on national context?
What are the conceptual frames to which journalists and film-makers in various European societies resort when covering this area and what are their origins and consequences?
How are European broadcasters with national responsibility dealing with the rise of the anti-immigration, Islamophobic right on one hand, and with the loss of faith in official multicultural policies on the other?
What role does non-news broadcasting (drama serials; documentary programming; situation comedy; light entertainment genres) play in the representational process? How have cinematic imaginations of national and European identity refracted the shifting consensus on values of ethnic diversity?
23-25 May 2013, Manchester, England UK
Dr Sue-Ann Harding
University of Manchester
Samuel Alexander W4.05
Telephone: 275 8049
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