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New Media New Politics?

Seminar hosted by the Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths, University of London
13 December 2007

There have been many predictions of how new media will transform the nature of politics, making new forms of political engagement and political action possible. Such predictions have accompanied many previous media when introduced, but do the distributive nature of the web and the 'remediations' that digital media enable create a genuinely new situation for political practice? This seminar will address this question from a number of perspectives across the world (including Iran, Palestine and Africa). It will be the first seminar of Goldsmiths' new Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy and will be followed by a reception.

Speakers:

Tiziana Terranova
, University of Naples
Dina Matar
, SOAS
Fred Mudhai,
African Studies Centre, Coventry University

Chair: Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths


'I am an American': filming fear of difference

Films presented and introduced by Cynthia Weber, Lancaster University
Hosted by the Global Justice Unit and the Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths
Chair: Kate Nash, Goldsmiths
4 December 2007

Discussion with:
Nick Stevenson, University of Nottingham
Tony Dowmunt, Goldsmiths

On 21 September 2001 - ten days after 9/11 - the Ad Council in the United States launched its "I am an American" advertising campaign. The campaign "sought to celebrate the ideals that keep this country strong by highlighting the nation's extraordinary diversity". Cindy Weber has taken a closer view at this ideal, interviewing a wide range of US Americans about their experiences, from patriotic soldiers who have served in the Iraq war to patriotic Muslims who found themselves detained as enemy combatants. In these short films, we can observe how the rhetoric in the so-called war on terror is mobilised to combat other "threats" to the US, most notably undocumented immigrants and the US citizens who dare to care for them; and how US citizens are caught up in strikingly different ways in the post-9/11 US security crossfire.

Download the poster [ cynthia-weber]