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Friday, July 29 • 11:00 - 12:30
Communication Rights

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The notion of “communication rights” has been a central theme of media scholarship and public policy activism for the past forty years. But what does it mean in today’s digital age? This is not a simple question, if only because the ‘analog’ age was characterized by communication scarcity, and hence, access to the means of communication, while the digital is characterized, among other things, by media abundance, which poses a whole new set of issues. The panelists in this session will briefly recall the role media scholars have played in framing a global agenda for communication rights, historically, and look at some of the questions that need to be addressed through the particular lenses of gender, the rights of children, and marginalized groups. Through round-table discussion and engagement with the audience, the panel will seek to explore to what extent we can speak of such a thing as universal communication rights, that apply equally to all, and whether it would be relevant to revive the international call for a “right to communicate” that could be enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or a similar global standard.


Anita Gurumurthy

Anita is a founding member and executive director of IT for Change, an India-based NGO that works at the intersection of development and digital technologies. The organisational vision on social justice in the network society draws upon Southern critiques of mainstream development... Read More →

Professor Sonia Livingstone

Sonia is a Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics, UK. Her research asks why and how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action, identity and communication rights. Her empirical... Read More →

Professfor Marc Raboy

Marc is a full Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in McGill University’s Department of Art History and Communication Studies, in Montreal, Canada. He is the author or editor of seventeen books and more than one hundred journal articles or book chapters... Read More →

Professor Thomas Tufte

Thomas is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University, Denmark and co-director of the Orecomm Centre for Communication and Glocal Change (https://orecomm.net/). His research explores how the communication practices of governments, NGOs and social... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 11:00 - 12:30 BST
DeMontfort Hall Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU