Sessions in this Series
Citizen activism and the media in South Africa: towards an ethics of listening
Since the fall of apartheid in South Africa, citizen protests in poor communities have become regular occurrences. These protests can be seen as part of the democratizing process, as citizens contest the dividends of democracy. The media often cover these protests only when they erupt in spectacular conflicts, but neglect the underlying causes for the conflict. Viewing protests by poor communities from an elite perspective, news media coverage often contributes to a widening gap between journalists and communities in a highly unequal country. This talk will give an overview of this coverage and explore a proposed alternative approach: an ‘ethics of listening’.
Disinformation in the Global South: A research agenda (Villanova University)
Despite being a widespread problem in countries in the Global South, the study of disinformation remains dominated by examples, case studies and models from the Global North. Knowledge about the various manifestations of disinformation, the range of responses and success rate of interventions to counter disinformation remains fragmented and partial. In order to gain a better understanding of the knowledge gaps and areas where further research is required, as well as to identify opportunities for inter- and intra-regional cooperation, more research into the types of disinformation, the social factors enabling its spread, and possible contextually relevant interventions is needed. This talk will provide an overview of some of these research efforts.