Thursday, September 5, 2013

BRICS and their Evolving Role in Developing Media Markets, Oct. 10-11, Berlin

[1 - Who will be the Brazilian representative? I could give a good couple of suggestions]
[2 - "Fome" means "hunger" in Portuguese]

BRICS and their Evolving Role in Developing Media Markets, Oct. 10-11, Berlin

Robert Bosch Foundation and the German "Forum Medien and Entwicklung" (FoME) invite you to the FoME Symposium 2013:

Promoting Alternative Views in a Multipolar World: BRICS and their Evolving Role in Developing Media Markets

October 10-11, 2013, Berlin

Thursday, October 10, 2013; 9 h - 17.30 h
Friday October 11, 2013; 9 h - 14 h
Venue: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin, Germany

With
- Herman Wasserman (South Africa),
- Alexey Dolinskiy (Russia),
- Anbin Shi (China),
- Daya Thussu (GB/India),
- Joseph Straubhaar (USA) et al.

In the course of their economic expansion, the emergent powers around the globe have also recognized the value of soft power in international relations. Especially the BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, are no longer leaving the field of global communications to Western nations, but, on the Internet and on television screens, are taking an active role in controlling the sovereignty of interpretation over political and social discourses. The media are a critical factor in making a country's national perspective known, influencing the quality of international relations, and asserting
national interests:

  • As part of their public diplomacy, the Chinese and Russian governments pursue the targeted expansion of information broadcasting stations in countries that are of strategic interest to them. 
  • China is additionally involved, particularly in Africa, in media  development cooperation in the form of media training and collaboration,  journalistic informational tours, and technological investments. 
  • The private film and television industries of India and Brazil have gained a firm position in the programming of many national television networks - especially in developing and transition nations - influencing the media and public-opinion market and, by way of their cultural products, impinging on societal debates. 
The FoME Symposium 2013 illuminates aspects of these more recent
developments:

  • On what premises do the rising global powers become active in the media markets in developing and transition countries? 
  • What are their strategies and concepts, what journalistic standards are imparted, and how are new actors perceived in the target countries? 
  • How do the national media of the target nations, Western governments, and civil society organizations react to the increasingly competitive environment of media development cooperation? 
We look forward to welcoming you in Berlin!

Please register until Monday, September 30, 2013. The conference
language will be English.

For program information and registration, please visit the following
link:
www.forum-medien-entwicklung.de
@fome_symposium
#fomesym13

Contact for organisation and logistics:
Nina Otte-Witte
fomesymposium2013@gmail.com

Contact at the Robert Bosch Stiftung:
Christiane Käsgen
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
Heidehofstr. 31
70184 Stuttgart
Tel: +49 (0) 711/460 84-684
Fax: +49 (0) 711/460 84-10684
christiane.kaesgen@bosch-stiftung.de
www.bosch-stiftung.de

Christoph Dietz
CAMECO
Postfach 10 21 04
D-52021 Aachen, Germany
Tel.: 0049 - 241 - 70 13 12 14
Fax: 0049 - 241 - 70 13 12 33
christoph.dietz@cameco.org
http://www.cameco.org