FoME Symposium 2013

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013; 9 h - 17.30 h - Friday October 11, 2013; 9 h - 14 h
Location: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin, Germany

The FoME Symposium 2013 aims to illuminate aspects of recent developments in the BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.  Featured speakers include:

  • Herman Wasserman (South Africa)
  • Alexey Dolinskiy (Russia)
  • Anbin Shi (China)
  • Daya Thussu (Great Britain/India)
  • Joseph Straubhaar (United States)

From the event announcement: "In the course of their economic expansion, the emergent powers around the globe have also recognised the value of soft power in international relations. Especially the BRICS countries... are no longer leaving the field of global communications to Western nations, but, on the Internet and on television screens, are taking an active role in controlling the sovereignty of interpretation over political and social discourses. The media are a critical factor in making a country's national perspective known, influencing the quality of international relations, and asserting national interests:

  • As part of their public diplomacy, the Chinese and Russian governments pursue the targeted expansion of information broadcasting stations in countries that are of strategic interest to them.
  • China is additionally involved, particularly in Africa, in media development cooperation in the form of media training and collaboration, journalistic informational tours, and technological investments.
  • The private film and television industries of India and Brazil have gained a firm position in the programming of many national television networks - especially in developing and transition nations - influencing the media and public-opinion market and, by way of their cultural products, impinging on societal debates."

Questions that will be explored in the event's discussions include:

  • "On what premises do the rising global powers become active in the media markets in developing and transition countries?
  • What are their strategies and concepts, what journalistic standards are imparted, and how are new actors perceived in the target countries?
  • How do the national media of the target nations, Western governments, and civil society organizations react to the increasingly competitive environment of media development cooperation?"

Register until Monday, September 30 2013. The conference language will be English.

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