Conf.: Nationalism in Media, Manchester 23.-25.5.2012
- ETHNICITY, RACE AND NATIONALISM IN EUROPEAN MEDIA: RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, REPRESENTATIONS
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.
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.