empowering citizens in the global public sphere
We live in an age of unparalleled connectivity, choice and mobility, yet at the same time we are faced with information fatigue, complexity and interdependent global challenges. How can citizens make sense of today’s world? Why and how do we choose to engage or disengage – not just with politics and public affairs, but also with each other? Is “engagement” replacing the established institutions and processes of liberal democracies? Is global citizenship the only way forward? And what, precisely, is the role of the media in all this?
Over the last decade I have been researching young people’s media uses as well as their patterns of engagement with politics and global affairs. At the same time I have also been observing long-term shifts to our civic culture and the global scene – increased populism, extremism and uncertainty. In this session I will reflect on some of the key findings emerging from my research so far and will lead a conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing us in this Age of Engagement.
Dr Roman Gerodimos is a Senior Lecturer in Global Current Affairs in the Media School at Bournemouth University. He holds an MSc in Government (LSE) and a PhD in Political Communication (Bournemouth). His doctoral thesis on youth civic engagement won the 2010 Arthur McDougall Fund Prize by the UK’s Political Studies Association. Roman is a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, and he is also founder and convenor of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) - an international, non-profit network of leading experts on Greek government and politics.
Roman’s research focuses on emerging patterns of civic engagement and behaviour with particular reference to the phenomena of globalisation, extremism, consumerism and online mobilisation. He is also interested in the relationship between Europe’s urban landscapes, public sphere/spaces and civic culture. His work has featured in scholarly journals and international media outlets, including the BBC, CNN and ZDF.
Mo. 23. 7.: Library, Schloss Leopoldskron
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1915 - Welcome
1930 - Impulse
1950 - Dialog
2030 - Dialog Salon
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subnetTALK: Openness. Exchange. Network.
subnetTALK is an open dialog format. subnet invites specialists and interested in order to converse about topics within the arts, technologies, net culture and society. The speaker gives an impulse and the goal is a conversation.