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Conference venue: Manchester (UK)
Period: May 23-25, 2013
Deadline for submitting abstracts: Sep. 20, 2012
Ethnicity, race and nationalism have become prominent issues in Europe because of recent social and political developments. Among these, higher migration flows, the rise of intolerance and racism, the crisis of multiculturalism and critical economic conditions. These phenomena became apparent with the expulsion policies put into practice against the gypsies, the strict French legislation on religious clothing, speeches by Angela Merkel and David Cameron in 2011. The European continent is proving to be unready to face massive population movements.
Together with their relevance, the visibility of issues related to ethnicity, race and nationalism has also grown. European media frequently address these topics. They can either exacerbate the tensions provoked, by inter-ethnic contact by spreading hate langugage and stereotyping foreigners when reporting crimes, or promote inter-ethnic tolerance and reconciliation though the representation of diversitity and equality broadcasting policies.
The aim of this conference is to facilitate a cross-cultural, comparative study of the impact of media and film in representing the "crisis of multiculturalism" in Western and Eastern Europe. Papers will also address the different approaches to media representation of ethnicity, race and nationalism throughout Europe.
Selected papers from the conference will be published in a dedicated issue of Europe-Asia Studies.
The conference will address questions such as:
Paper proposals of 250 words should be emailed together with a one-page CV to the conference organizers at RRRMediaConference@manchester.ac.uk by 30 September 2012.