Media, Communication and Democracy: Global and National Environments

The EU Centre at RMIT University with the School of Media and Communication (RMIT) and the Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe Research Project (MDCEE) at the University of Oxford, UK, invite you to attend the Centre's inaugural annual conference entitled Media, Communication and Democracy: Global and National Environments.
The Treaty of Lisbon, adopted in December 2009, has marked a significant development in the European Union’s approach to external affairs. The European Union has been at the forefront of debate and legislative action about democracy, and about establishing common principles in relation to rights and democratic processes, especially with the ongoing expansion of the number of Member States in the Union. In the wake of Wikileaks, it is apparent that the role of media and communications in democratic processes is more important than ever.
Panels, papers and debate will focus on media, communication and democracy in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Latin America or Africa, as well as the established areas of Europe and Australia. In a world of regular, unforeseen crises and growing power of media owners, online and otherwise, various questions about the implications for democratic processes will be explored.
Key participants include:
 Professor Paolo Mancini, University of Perugia. (Keynote Speaker) Visiting Fellow with the ERC-funded project on Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe;
 Associate Professor Ingrid Volkmer, University of Melbourne. (Keynote Speaker)
 Professor Jan Zielonka, University of Oxford.
 Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, RMIT University.
 Wednesday 31 August, 2011 Time: 6:00pm. Opening Keynote Address and Public Lecture presented by Professor Paulo Mancini. Venue: Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.
 Thursday 01 – Friday 02 September 2011 Time: 9:00am. Conference sessions, including keynote speaker A/Professor Ingrid Volkmer. Venue: Storey Hall, RMIT University, Swanston St, Melbourne.
(Note: times approximate, to be confirmed closer to the event)
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