You are invited at the debate session, titled “Covering the Cyprus Conflict”, which runs parallel to the photo exhibition “Iconoclastic Controversies: A visual sociology of statues and commemoration sites in the southern part of Cyprus” ( see event page for the exhibition and series of events organizers: https://www.facebook.com/events/186776261657487/ ). This debate is co-organized by the Cyprus Community Media Centre – CCMC .
Each speaker will deliver a 15-20 minutes intervention, followed by discussion.
As in the case of Cyprus, (mass) media often plays a key role in today’s conflict, with basically either taking an active part and a side in the discourse about conflict (and as a consequence, accentuating it), or perhaps stays independent and out of the conflict (does not take sides), thereby contributing to the resolution of conflict.
The debate aims to provide insight, examine and discuss how the conflict in terms of antagonism among the two main communities of Cyprus (Greek-Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot) affect media attention (and coverage). The debate will examine the impact the media has in the construction of public beliefs and attitudes in regards to inter-communal views and relations, as well as its relationship to social change and the negotiations.
The following questions will be discussed: Does negative media portrayal/coverage of people from the “other” community is hardening the attitudes towards them? Do the media offer ample information with which audiences can understand the issues concerning the conflict, the peace process, the “other community” and effectively including in the public debate what possible solutions there are? Finally, in the debate, possible ways on how both the traditional / mainstream media and new form of / Community media might help in the development of better informed public debate in regards to the Cyprus conflict, will be discussed.
A visual sociology project on the Cyprus Problem conducted by Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier
in collaboration with the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) and the Cyprus Community Media Centre – CCMC
Project supported by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB – Belgium), Uppsala University, the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO – Belgium) and the Cyprus University of Technology
Working hours (14-21/11/2015)
web page: http://giannoukoue.wix.com/icontroveries
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