Berlin, 12 June: The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), together with The University of Cape Town (UCT) will co-host a symposium titled ‘BRICS Media Systems in a Digital Age’ in Cape Town, South Africa. The aim of the event is to analyse the impact of digitalisation processes on society in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). The symposium will take place on 6th and 7th September at the UCT in South Africa. The event is also supported by the South African National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. The symposium follows on the 10th Summit of Leaders of the BRICS Countries to be held in Johannesburg in July.
At a meeting in Berlin, Jiahong Chen, Acting CEO and Research Director at DOC and Prof Herman Wasserman, Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town formally agreed to host the symposium.
This symposium is a first milestone in a digital research project that promotes dialogue within digital humanities and was initiated by Prof Jens Wendland, Professor at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University and University of Arts, Berlin.
UCT is a leading research university, and the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. The Centre for Film and Media Studies at UCT was established in 2004, and offers a range of courses that equip graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to embark on a career in the film and media industry.
Dialogue of Civilizations is a research institute whose mission is to promote mutual understanding, inclusive development, and equitable dialogue. It seeks to develop policy proposals based on scientific research that address key challenges faced by the international community, from infrastructure underdevelopment and economic inequality to civilisational and religious tensions and conflicts.