Culture and Conflict in the Media

Culture & Conflict in the Media


When we look at contentious issues in our society, we often take the “news” at face value. This is sometimes sensible, other times not. If we are not critically engaged with the public presentation of social conflict, then we cannot make informed judgements and decisions.

It may be that the development of democracy in another culture is a good thing, but is it always? Is global warming a serious and imminent threat? Is the war in Afghanistan a just one? Is this a post-feminist world? Are genetically modified foods yielding short-term profits at the expense of long-term health problems?  What cultural assumptions underlie our peace work in the Middle East?  How does the media’s rendering of this information inform our perceptions of what is involved in these questions? What makes information newsworthy in the first place?

These lunch discussions will be led by Professor John Duncan, Director of Ethics, Society and Law, with distinguished guest speakers from across the city.


Wednesdays, September 21-November 9, 2016

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Copper Room, Second Floor, Goldring Student Centre (Room 216)


At each session, lunch will be provided for all participants. Dietrary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.


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