IAMCR 2013 Videos: Plenary Sessions
Videos of three of IAMCR 2013's plenary sessions are available online. The sessions are:
1). A Largely ‘Western’ Financial Crisis? - Implications for Shifts in Geo-Political and Global Communication Orders - Profs. Hu Zhengrong, Francis Nyamnjoh, and Annabelle Sreberny. Chair: Prof. Janet Wasko
2). A ‘Three-Legged Stool’? Environmental & Economic Crises and the Strategic Implications for the Role, Content and Practices of Mediated Communication - John Bellamy Foster, Richard Maxwell. Chair: Dr. Pat Brereton
3). Crisis, ‘Creative’ Destruction and the Affordances of the Digital Moment and Social Media - Jodi Dean. Respondents: Kevin Rafter and Eugenia Siapera.
Plenary 1: A Largely ‘Western’ Financial Crisis ? - Implications for Shifts in Geo-Political and Global Communication Orders
The current financial and economic crisis is frequently referred to as a ‘Western’ affair. However, some influential researchers, not least Giovanni Arrighi, have emphasized how such long wave crises can serve to amplify or accelerate fundamental shifts in geo-political relations and power structures. At the same time, researchers from our own and neighbouring fields talk about ‘soft power’ and other features of the changing forms and patterns of global power associated with the onward march of mediatisation. In this session, some leading scholars, situated in different world regions, consider the implications of the current Western crisis for unfolding shifts in .i) geo-political power and global economic or technological leadership and .ii) in the global communication order or sector.
Chair: Janet Wasko, President of IAMCR, University of Oregon
Wednesday 26 June 2013, 09:00 – 10:30
Videos of the sessions:
- Prof. Hu Zhengrong, Vice President of Communications University of China, and Director of the National Centre for Radio & TV Studies, Beijing, China
- Prof. Francis Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town. As well as being a highly respected anthropologist and cultural theorist, Francis Nyamnjoh is Novelist and writer
- Prof. Annabelle Sreberny, former President of the IAMCR and Chair of Global Media and Commnications at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Plenary No. 2: A ‘Three-Legged Stool’ ? Environmental & Economic Crises and the Strategic Implications for the Role, Content and Practices of Mediated Communication
This plenary session explores the deeper, underlying linkages between the current Economic and Environmental ‘Crises’ and the implications for the role, content, structures and practices of the media of public communication, not least with respect to any environmentally sustainable new model or ‘paradigm’ for social and economic development.
Chair: Dr. Pat Brereton, Head, School of Communications, Dublin City University
Thursday 27 June 2013, 11:00 – 12:30
Videos of the session:
- John Bellamy Foster, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon. Author of several books engaging with the environmental crisis and political-economic processes
- Richard Maxwell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York
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- Q&A Session
Plenary No. 3: Crisis, ‘Creative’ Destruction and the Affordances of the Digital Moment and Social Media
In this presentation, Jodi Dean interrogates celebrations of social media that view Twitter as a force of revolution. In considering the ways contemporary networked media entrap users into support for capitalism, it sets out five types of exploitation specific to the new communication order.
Friday 28 June 2013, 11:00 – 12:30
Videos of the session:
- Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York
Kevin Rafter, School of Communications, DCU.
Eugenia Siapera, School of Communications, DCU