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Conf.: Nationalism in Media, Manchester 23.-25.5.2012

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  • Andreas Umland
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2012

      International Conference, The University of Manchester, UK
      23-25 May 2013

      Following our recent call for papers, we are pleased to report that we
      now have an extensive and exciting conference programme in place,
      including 5 excellent keynote speakers.

      FOR FULL DETAILS, PLEASE SEE:  http://www.russtvethnic.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/events/documents/Conferenceprogramme.pdf

      can still accommodate a limited number of extra papers. If you are
      interested, please email your proposals (250 words) for papers of up to
      20 minutes in length and your one-page CVs to the conference organisers
      (Prof Stephen Hutchings, Prof Vera Tolz and Dr Elisabeth Schimpfossl) at RRRMediaConference@....


      recent explosion of migration flows across the world, the crisis in
      which established models of multiculturalism find themselves in Europe
      and elsewhere, and the current global financial and economic crisis have
      combined to raise the prominence of issues of ethnicity, race and
      nationalism in most countries. Speeches made in 2011 by Angela Merkel
      and David Cameron, and controversies over the expulsion of gypsies and
      the wearing of religious attire in public places in France, indicate a
      common crisis in European tolerance. Eastern Europe demonstrates similar
      difficulties in managing ethnic diversity in the face of global mass
      population movements, of which the shocking outbreak of racial violence
      in Moscow in 2010 is just one example.

      The European media play a
      crucial role both in exacerbating the tensions which inter-ethnic
      relations arouse (the spread of racial hate language and nationalist
      extremism on the internet; the use of ethnic profiling and racial
      stereotyping in crime reporting), and in fostering inter-ethnic cohesion
      and harmony (national policies on promoting diversity and equality in
      broadcasting). This conference aims to facilitate a cross-cultural,
      comparative study of the impact of media and film on the playing out of
      the “crisis of multiculturalism” in West and East European societies,
      and to analyse the similarities and differences in media and cinematic
      approaches to ethnic cohesion issues throughout Europe.


      ·        John Downing: Reflections on racisms, ethnicities and media in a brand-new post-racist Europe?
      Downing is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Radio-Television,
      Southern Illinois University, USA. One of the preeminent scholars in
      media studies, Prof. Downing is co-author with Charles Husband of the
      highly influential Representing Race: Racism, Ethnicity and the Media
      (London: Sage, 2005). He has also worked on alternative and social
      media, and on the media in post-communist societies.

      ·        Marie Gillespie: Comedy and ethnicity in European media and film
      Gillespie is Professor in Sociology, The Open University, UK. Author of
      pioneering books on ethnicity and television, media and diaspora
      communities, transnational audiences, and media and the politics of
      security, Professor Gillespie is Director of media research at the ESRC
      Centre for Research on Socio-cultural change.

      ·        Henri
      Nickels: Combating racism, xenophobia and related intolerances – The
      roles and responsibilities of the European Union
      Dr. Nickels is
      Programme Manager for Research (Social Science) at the European Union
      Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna. Dr. Nickels analyses racism and
      xenophobia, combining research and policy work. He has published on
      media coverage of ethnic minorities in European societies.

      ·        Sabrina P. Ramet: Solving the mystery of ethnic history:  remembering the Yugoslav past?
      P. Ramet is Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University
      of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Prof. Ramet is the author
      of twelve books and numerous articles on the history and current
      developments in the Balkans, where among other things she explores the
      role of ethnic relations and nationalist ideologies in the region.

      ·        Richard Stone OBE.: Media in the United Kingdom: The difficulties in challenging racism in a liberal democracy
      Stone was a panel member of the 'Stephen Lawrence Inquiry' into racism
      in policing (1997/99) as Adviser to the judge Sir William Macpherson. He
      is currently writing a book called 'Hidden stories of the Stephen
      Lawrence Inquiry - how the agenda of a major Inquiry gets undermined'.

      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
        *  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
        *  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?

      is intended that selected papers from the conference will form the
      basis for special issues of one or more prominent journals in the field.
      We already have an initial agreement with Europe-Asia Studies.
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