Media and Breakdown 2020

International Symposium at Lund University, Sweden

Media and Breakdown

NEW DATE: 17 March 2021

Break up, break down, and break away: variations on media and the breaking down of infrastructures, technicalities, texts, contexts and social relations are the basis of this international symposium Media and Breakdown.  This event focuses on the play off between deconstruction and reconstruction work in media, communication and cultural studies.

Breakdown signifies wearing down, collapse, and catastrophe; this meaning of breakdown relates to media technologies and services, representations and themes in factual and fictional genres, or broader issues such as a crisis of democracy, and a thin trust between politicians, the media and publics. Breakdown also signifies taking apart something to analyse and understand how it works; this meaning of breaking down relates to deconstructing a text and its internal workings and contradictions, or forensically analysing media systems, political economics and power structures. Moments of media breakdown can reveal that which is otherwise hidden. And breakdown can be related to processes of fluidity and renewal, in the breaking down of barriers and divisions. The theme of breakdown offers a multidimensional approach to how we can understand media, culture and society as a site of collapse and repair, and as a place for theoretical and empirical analysis within media, communication and cultural studies.
Keynote Panels
- Breaking Down Communication (Chair: Peter Dahlgren, Lund University)
     o Peter Lunt, University of Leicester, UKThe Breakdown of Civility: Public Discussion of the Crisis in Masculinity and the Nuance of Cultural Representation
     o Simon Dawes, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), FranceCommunication Breakdown: Misinformation and the Need for Media Reform
- Breaking Down Texts (Chair: Jane Roscoe, University of West of England)
     o Christine Geraghty, Glasgow University, UKBreaking Down the Text: Textual Analysis as a Method in Film and Television Studies  
     o Joke Hermes, Inholland University, NetherlandsMisunderstanding Media Literacy: the Challenge of Developing Appreciative Inquiry
- Breaking Down Barriers (Chair: Bo Reimer, Malmö University)
     o Annette Hill, Lund University, SwedenTransported Immobility: Living in a Digital Media Blackout Zone
     o Nico Carpentier, Charles University, Czech Republic & SQRIDGEBreaking Down the Frontiers Between the Material and the Discursive: A Case-study on the Assemblage of Four Prague wolves
Parallel Panels
1. Populism, Representations, and Breakdown
2. Television and Breakdown
3. Breakdown, Space, and Catastrophe
4. Journalism and Breakdown
5. Breakdown and Digital Media
6. Film and Breakdown
7. Infrastructures, Platforms, and Breakdown
8. History and Breakdown
For further information please send inquiries to hario.priambodhokom.luse