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CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion: Sahana Udupa and Rob McMahon

April 7, 2010
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Categories: Seminar

Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please RSVP to leisenach@asc.upenn.edu.

Sahana Udupa

Contested Local: Hyperlocalism and new-age Journalism in India

This talk explores the connections between the field of news production and articulations of ‘the local’ in post liberalization urban India. It extends Saskia Sassen’s emphasis on comprehending the concrete ways in which globalization imprints itself on local spaces. In this talk, Udupa will conceptualize these imprints as ‘mediatised’ and understand them by drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of the field of cultural production. She will argue that an enhanced coverage of local news in contemporary Indian news media has not resulted in a consensual mixing of global and local discourses, but has led to contests over the meaning of the local. The talk will explain the nature of these contests by using the media coverage of  the ‘pink underpants campaign’ as a case study.

Sahana Udupa is a doctoral candidate at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India.  Her work explores the interface between the globalising city of Bangalore and the new news cultures that have emerged after 1990, with a broader goal of theorising the inter-relationship between contemporary journalistic practices and formation of publics.

Rob McMahon

Peace Journalism and the Analysis of Racial Conflict: Assessing the ‘Dark past’ and ‘Hopeful future’ in news coverage of racial reconciliation
by Rob McMahon and Prof. Peter Chow-White (Simon Fraser University, School of Communication)

In this paper McMahon and Professor Chow-White draw Peace Journalism theory to develop a model for analyzing media representations of ‘cold’ racial conflicts, and then use this model to examine an empirical case study of news discourse about reconciliation processes in British Columbia. They explore how Peace Journalism offers an alternative approach to analyzing news production practices, arguing that to capture representations of ‘cold’ racial conflict, the operationalization of Peace Journalism theory must be developed to incorporate both agenda-setting and framing theory, as reflected in a distinction between ‘Weak’ Peace Journalism and ‘Strong’ Peace Journalism. Second, they employ these theoretical arguments to build an evaluative model and test the model in an empirical case study of a recent broadsheet newspaper series.

Rob McMahon is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include journalism studies and normative media theory.