[FoME] Veranstaltung bei der Deutschen Welle

fabian.pianka at dw.de fabian.pianka at dw.de
Do Nov 29 18:16:25 CET 2012

Liebe FoME-Mitglieder,

anbei ein Hinweis zu einer Veranstaltung bei der Deutschen Welle in Bonn 
am 4. Dezember. Die Konferenzsprache ist Englisch.

In Focus: Media – Conflict – Migration

On 4 December 2012, the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) 
together with Deutsche Welle (DW) and Bonn International Center for 
Conversion (BICC) will conduct the conference “In Focus: Media – Conflict 
– Migration. The conflict potential of the media coverage regarding 
migration from the countries of the Arab Spring to Europe”.
In Europe, the Arab revolutions have not only raised great hope of a 
political and social "spring" in the region, but also elicited fears and 
conflicts regarding the migratory movements from the respective countries 
to the European continent. 
In this process, the media coverage plays a crucial role. By informing 
about events, the media stands in a field of tension between policy 
interests and its societal duty to secure reliable, well-researched and 
preferably "conflict-sensitive" journalism.  
Beyond the scope of the media and political actors, academia also has an 
important role to play when it comes to the delicate and complex issue of 
migration. Academia is supposed to act as a corrective of biased or 
distorted societal and political narratives and discourses and thereby 
ensure an accurate representation of migration issues.  
The conference takes a close look at the media coverage of migratory 
movements to Europe from the countries of the Arab Spring during the 
revolts. The pictures, articles und reports have created a certain image 
that is to be analyzed. Drawing together representatives from the media, 
politics and science, discussions will address the discrepancies between 
public perception and real events. Experts will unfold the reasons for and 
the consequences of that gap and identify possible solutions to the 
prevailing problems that are connected with the specific migratory 
movements in question.  
The conference takes place in the framework of the ifa Research Program 
“Culture and Foreign Policy” and is jointly organized by ifa, BICC and DW. 

Venue: Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, Bonn; 10:00 – 5:00 hrs.  
As the number of participants is limited, please confirm your attendance 

Fabian Pianka 
e-mail: fabian.pianka at dw.de
phone: +49-228-429-2536

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