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Media and Minorities. Questions on representation from an international perspective

International Conference of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin in Cooperation with the Council on Migration (Rat für Migration)

Many members of the mainstream population source their knowledge about minorities, migration and integration primarily from newspapers, television, radio or the Internet. But what images of ethnic and religious minorities do the media convey, and what effect does this media representation have on its recipients? In view of the constant pluralization process in immigration societies, by now the question also arises about the extent to which editorial teams are reflecting the diversity of society.

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Where

Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin invites in cooperation with the Council on Migration to the conference "Media and Minorities" to present and discuss, from the international perspective, the latest results of empirical studies. Key questions include (among others): how has the media presentation of ethnic and religious minorities developed in Germany and in other immigration countries, such as the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom? Does a higher proportion of members of minority communities working in media production automatically lead to a more balanced approach to these topics? And lastly: which strategies are necessary to ensure differentiated reporting in pluralist societies and also to promote ethnic and religious diversity in media structures? Likewise, changing requirements placed on an appropriate sensitivity to language will also form part of the range of issues to be considered.

The conference will be held in German and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided. Registration is required: www.jmberlin.de/media-and-minorities

Sponsored by the Federal Agency for Civic Education

Within the Framework of the Series of Events DEUTSCH 3.0 (German 3.0) - Debates on Language and its Future

Great interest and registration numbers that continue to rise have made a room change necessary – the conference will now be held directly in the Jewish Museum Berlin and will be clearly signposted: Jewish Museum Berlin, Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard, Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Berlin.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Yasemin Shooman, Head of Academy Programs, Jewish Museum Berlin
Prof. Dr. Werner Schiffauer, Chair, Council on Migration

10:30 a.m. Panel 1 - Media Production and Media Structures
Chair: Prof. Dr. Gökçe Yurdakul, Humboldt University of Berlin and Council on
Migration

"Theorizing Minority Misrepresentations: Reframing Mainstream Media as White Ethnic Media"
Prof. Dr. Augie Fleras, University of Waterloo (Canada)

"From the Politics of Representation to the Politics of Production"
Dr. Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths, University of London (United Kingdom)

Discussion

12:30 p.m. Lunch break

1:30 p.m. Panel 1 - Media Production and Media Structures (Part 2)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Gökçe Yurdakul, Humboldt University of Berlin and Council on Migration

"Creating an Inclusive Public Commons: Values and Structures in Journalism that can Promote Change"
Prof. Dr. Sally Lehrman, Santa Clara University (USA)

"Religion among Opinion-Forming Elites – Elite Journalists' Perception of Religion"
Prof. Dr. Christel Gärtner, University of Münster (Germany)
Discussion

3:30 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 p.m. Panel 2 - Media Representation and Stereotyping of Minorities
Chair: Dr. Mirjam Wenzel, Jewish Museum Berlin

"German TV Crime Series and German Emotions - Jews on Tatort ('Crime Scene')"
Dr. Daniel Wildmann, Leo Baeck Institute London / Queen Mary, University of London (United Kingdom)

"Digital Arabs: Representation in Video Games"
Dr. Vít Šisler, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)

Discussion

6:00 p.m. End of the first day of the conference

Friday, 28 November 2014

9:00 a.m. Arrival and coffee

9:30 a.m. Panel 3 - Media Content and Its Effect

Chair: Dr. Naika Foroutan, Humboldt University of Berlin and Council on Migration

"Criminal Blackness: News Media Representations of African-American Victims, from Rodney King to Michael Brown"
Dr. Charlton McIlwain, New York University (USA)

"The Role of News Media Narratives in the Rise and Fall of Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2012-2014 in the United States"
Prof. Roberto Suro, University of Southern California (USA)

Discussion

11:15 a.m. Coffee break

11:30 a.m. Panel 3 - Media Content and Its Effect (Part 2)
Chair: Dr. Naika Foroutan, Humboldt University of Berlin and Council on Migration

"The Public Debate on Roma and 'Poverty Migration' in the European Union"
Dr. Peter Widmann, Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)

"Integration in the Media. Between Science, Policy Consultancy and Journalism"
Prof. Dr. Georg Ruhrmann, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany)

Discussion

1:15 p.m. Lunch break

2:15 p.m. Panel 4 - Media Use and Strategies for a More Inclusive Media Landscape

Chair: Ferda Ataman, Mediendienst Integration ("Media Service Integration")
"#SchauHin ('Take a Look') and MiGAZIN - Agenda Setting for Minority Topics"
A Conversation with

Kübra Gümüşay, Freelance Journalist and Blogger

Jamie C. Schearer, Board Member, Initiative Black People in Germany (ISD), Anti-Racism Campaign #SchauHin ("Take a Look")

Ekrem Şenol, Chief Editor, MiGAZIN - the Specialist Magazine on Migration and
Integration in Germany

2:45 p.m. Panel 4 - Media Use and Strategies for a More Inclusive Media Landscape

Chair: Ferda Ataman, Mediendienst Integration ("Media Service Integration")
"A Look into the Editorial Department: from Theory to Practice"
Podium Discussion with Journalist

René Aguigah, Head of Culture and Society, Deutschlandradio Kultur Radio Station

Samantha Asumadu, Founder, Media Diversified (United Kingdom)

Daniel Bax, Board Member, Neue Deutsche Medienmacher ("New German Media Makers") and Editor for Migration Issues at taz, die tageszeitung ("the daily newspaper")

Rainer Munz, Studio Manager of the RTL/n-tv Capital City Studio, infoNetwork

4:30 p.m. End of the conference

Where, when, what?

  • When 27 + 28 November 2014, 27 November: 9:30 am - 6 pm, 28 November: 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Where Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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