Representing Discrimination
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7/9/2018 at 9:15:57 AM GMT
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Representing Discrimination

This panel addresses the engagement of the mass media with past and present forms of bigotry, intolerance, and inequity. Social acceptance and political institutionalisation of discriminatory practices are on the rise in countries around the globe. We see this, for instance, in the U.S. in the era of Trump and in European states that experience the largest refugee crisis since World War II – a crisis that has fuelled the resurgence of populist and right-wing parties across the European continent. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the media have been powerful tools for spreading and “normalising” prejudice but also for problematising it. The media themselves have frequently turned into targets of discriminatory laws and campaigns. This panel will explore the groups, spaces, and practices of discrimination across the cinema, television, radio, and social media. This perspective integrates social and political as well as formal and informal discrimination. An emphasis will be on discussions of race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and minority groups in society.

If you want to contribute to this panel, please send (1) a title, (2) an abstract of no more than 2500 characters, (3) a bio of no more than 500 characters, and (4) 3-5 bibliographical sources, to elisa.jochum.11@ucl.ac.uk, by 31 July. Replies will be sent out by 15 August.

 



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