The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), together with the Centre for Film and Media Studies will co-host a symposium titled “BRICS Media Systems in a Digital Age” at the University of Cape Town on 6-7 September. The event´s aim is to analyse the impact of digitalisation processes on society in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and follows on the 10th Summit of leaders of the BRICS countries to be held in Johannesburg in July. The symposium is also supported by the South African National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).
The emergence of the BRICS group of states as a new geopolitical power bloc has received substantial coverage in the media and in the emerging body of scholarship. The focus, has fallen largely on macro questions of economic development, international relations and political influence. Despite the media and communications industries being a central point of focus in BRICS action plans, only a relatively small group of scholars internationally that have focused attention on the role of the media in the establishment of the BRICS alignment and on a comparative study of media systems in the BRICS countries.
Further analysis and consideration of the media’s role in the BRICS countries, especially within a context of increased uncertainty on the level of global geopolitics and international relations, is therefore crucial. An understanding, for example, of how the geopolitical shifts associated with the emergence of regions outside of the old Euro-American centres of power – the ‘rise of the rest’ in Fareed Zakaria’s terms – are impacting global communication patterns, demands more comparative studies of countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The symposium aims to close this gap and to contribute to a better understanding of the changing media landscape form a transnational point of view. Scholars from all the BRICS countries will be attending the symposium.
Main topics to be discussed include:
- Political economy of digital media in the BRICS countries
- Digital communication and political dissent
- Social media: polarising or connecting?
- Internet governance in the BRICS countries
- The challenge of artificial intelligence
Jens Wendland, Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute, University of Arts Berlin
Nikita Konopaltsev, Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute
Klemens Witte, Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute
Changfen Chen, Tsinghua University
Brasilina Passarelli, University of Sao Paolo
Elena Vartanova, Moscow State University
Tanja Bosch, University of Cape Town
Lisa Thompson, University of the Western Cape
Sanjay Barthur, University of Hyderabad
Deqiang Ji, Communication University of China
Leonardo Custodio, University of Tampere
Dmitri Gavra, University of St Petersburg
Kaarle Nordenstreng, University of Tampere
Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town
Musawenkosi Ndlovu, University of Cape Town
Bob Wekesa, University of the Witwatersrand
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