Second day of ICA Pre-Conference on Global Media and Human Rights

Published: May 28, 2018

The ICA Pre-Conference on Global Media and Human Rights (May 23-24) took place in Prague, the Czech Republic. Organized by the Leading Research Environment in Global Media Studies and the Politics of Mediated Communication at The Department of Media Studies, the Pre-conference preceded the 68th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference held in the Czech capital between 24-28 May.

Professor Silvio Waisbord giving his keynote speech on the media politics of the backlash against rights-based citizenship in Latin America. Photo: Rebecca Bengtsson.

The second and concluding day of the Pre-Conference on May 24 was opened by Miyase Christensen, followed by a keynote by Silvio Waisbord of George Washington University. In his talk, Waisbord addressed the media politics of the backlash against rights-based citizenship in Latin America. During the second keynote of the day, Lilie Chouliaraki of the London School of Economics and Political Science addressed the rise of lifestyle solidarity and the complex questions associated with celebrity advocacy.

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki gives her keynote speech on the rise of lifestyle solidarity and the complex questions associated with celebrity advocacy. Photo: Rebecca Bengtsson.

A total of 26 papers were presented in five panel sessions throughout the day. The speakers addressed a broad array of topics such as human rights and freedom of expression; the visibility of war; forced displacement and refugee migration; questions of human rights in the context of video activism; rights to publish and seek information; and, rights conflicts in a global, hybrid media realm.

Panel at the Pre-Conference on Global Media and Human Rights. Photo: Rebecca Bengtsson.

Miyase Christensen and Christian Christensen concluded the two-day Pre-Conference, reflecting on a number of key questions and themes that were addressed during the two pre-conference days of diverse presentations. Amongst the significant issues that were raised are: the salience of historicizing perspectives on rights and mediation; the positioning of politics vis-à-vis rights violations; definitions of rights, conflicts of interest and tension fields; and, the need to broaden the scope of the role of media and communications in rethinking human rights in the context of global and local dynamics. * The full programme can be viewed below and the report from the first day can be read here.*

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