In January 2015, a group of international academics from different disciplines convened in Paris to plan the International Panel for Social Progress: Rethinking Society for the XXI Century (IPSP), an initiative that examines the main issues in contemporary society in an attempt to formulate a diagnosis and clear a path toward more just communities. Behind the IPSP is the realization that neoliberal economic models have become the dominant narrative, eclipsing alternative modes of thinking and envisioning how to organize our societies. And yet, since World War II social scientists have produced a vast body of evidence and knowledge about the negative impacts of neoliberal economics on all areas of social life, from gender equity to environmental degradation and war. This panel will discuss Chapter 13 of the IPSP’s report, which deals with media and communications. Speakers will explore key developments in media infrastructures and communication flows across the world, bringing out salient differences in the local evolution of, and inequalities in, media access. Issues of governance, inclusion, and development of information and communication technologies and platforms, and the practical measures and policy tools will be at the center of the discussion. The panel will assess the IPSP’s recommendations and action plan toward more just and inclusive media and digital platforms.
Nick Couldry is a sociologist of media and culture. He is Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He is the author or editor of twelve books including most recently The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, Polity, 2016), Ethics of Media (2013 Palgrave, coedited with Mirca Madianou and Amit Pinchevski), Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (Polity 2012), and Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism (Sage 2010). He is joint coordinating author of the Chapter on Media and Communications in the International Panel on Social Progress.
Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for ongoing work on war machines in the age of global communication. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Woodrow Wilson, and NIAS fellowships, Kraidy has published 120 essays and 10 books, including Hybridity, or the Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple UP, 2005); Reality Television and Arab Politics (Cambridge UP, 2010), which won three major prizes; and The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard UP), Global Media Studies (w Toby Miller, Polity), and American Studies Encounters the Middle East (w Alex Lubin, University of North Carolina Press), all in 2016. Kraidy has been the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, the Chaire Dupront at the Sorbonne, and the Bonnier Professor at Stockholm University. A frequent media contributor, Kraidy tweets at @MKraidy.
Clemencia Rodríguez is a Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. In her book Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her "citizens' media theory," a groundbreaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Currently she is continuing to explore how people living in the shadow of armed groups use community radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet to shield their communities from the negative impacts of armed violence. This involves fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers make their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians. Citizens' Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) reports many of her findings. She teaches in the areas of media studies, communication and social change, and gender.
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