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Oxford seminar series: Media and Governance in Developing Countries: Networks of Power and Strategic Narratives


My friend Iginio Gagliardone is organising a seminar series on media and governance in developing countries. The talks look great, and I’d encourage anyone in the area to come along.


Wednesdays – 17:00-18:30 – Seminar Room D – Social Science Building – Manor Road, Oxford 

This seminar series explores the role the media play as political actors in developing countries and fragile states. It gathers scholars from a variety of disciplines to examine how old and new media are used to support different political agenda: from foreign countries trying to win the hearts and minds of a local population to local governments aiming at increasing their ability to communicate with, but also exercise control over, their citizens. Particular attention will be paid to understanding how flows of information can be mapped in contexts characterized by an increasing media density, resulting from the liberalization of the airwaves, the diffusion of mobile phones and new media, and the persistence of traditional modes of communication. 

The seminar series is part of a year-long programme of events organized by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) at the University of Cambridge, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Politics (PCMLP), Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, at the University of Oxford and the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Week 2 
Wed 25 January
The Use of ICTs for Political Mobilization and Participation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Round Table: Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Dr Florence Brisset-Foucault, University of Cambridge, Dr Iginio Gagliardone, University of Oxford

Week 3 
Wed 1 February 
The eParticipation Ecology of Kenya
Dr Vincenzo Cavallo, Cultural Video Foundation, Nairobi

Week 4
Wed 8 February
The Conditions of Strategic Narrative Effectiveness: Infrastructure, Intention, Experience
Dr Ben O’Loughlin, Royal Holloway, University of London

Week 5
Wed 15 February 
China’s International Outreach: Soft Power and the Soft Use of Power
Professor Gary Rawnsley, University of Leeds

Week 6
Wed 22 February 
Broadcasting the State: Tribe, Citizenship and the Politics of Radio Drama in Afghanistan  
Professor Marie Gillespie, Open University

Week 7
Wed 29 February
An Anthropological Analysis of the Use of the Media for Political Mobilization
Dr John Postill, Sheffield Hallam University

All are welcome, please email iginio.gagliardone@csls.ox.ac.uk for further information
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