Media and plural identities in a multicultural Europe

Exploring media landscapes and opportunities for creating a new public broadcasting service that protects multilingualism and minority languages.

Events / Thu 21 Sep 2017 09:00

Audio-visual media plays a key role in contemporary societies. They are essential tools for the social construction of reality as they disseminate information, spread values, define collective and political identities. State and state-wide media share common stories that we absorb without realizing it. Minority cultures, in contrast, aspire to have their own public broadcasting service in order to satisfactorily expose local realities, articulate their own identity, their internal diversity and openness to the world.

The aim of this workshop is to explore media landscapes, bringing together experts to present the challenges and opportunities of creating a new public broadcasting service that is able to achieve a balance between tradition and modernity, information and entertainment, as well as the protection of minority languages and multilingualism. The workshop will compare experiences in several European countries from different perspectives: political initiative, legislation, resources, broadcast structure, content selection and policy.


21 of September

09:30 - 10:00
Opening remarks
  • Empar Marco, Director General of the Valencian Media Communications Corporation
  • Javier Marzal, Spokesman of the Inter-University Commission for a Valencian Public Radio
  • Susanna Pardines, Coordinator of the Identity and Culture Lab of the Nexe Foundation
  • Günther Dauwen, Secretary general of the Center Maurits Coppieters
10:00 - 12:00
The construction of collective identity through the audiovisual media
  • Ruth McElroy, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Unit, University of South Wales.
12:00 - 16:00
Debate: Public radio broadcasting as a tool for linguistic normalization
  • The case of Friesland: Omrop Fryslân
  • The case of South Tyrol: RAI Südtirol
  • The case of Catalonia: Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals
  • The case of Wales: BBC Wales
16:00 - 18:00
Communications session
18:00 - 19:00
The production of quality formats and selection of content for public broadcasting
  • Francesc Escribano, director of Absolute Minority and coordinator of Input Conference in Spain.

22 of September

09:00 - 11:00
Communications session

11:30 - 14:00
Micro-tracks: Content for public television in Valencia: Proposals for the future

A) The role of culture in radio and television spaces:

  • Josep Vicent Frechina (musical and literary critic)
  • Amàlia Garrigós (journalist)
  • Xavier Aliaga (journalist and writer)

B) Territory, history and traditions:

  • Josepa Cucó (Professor in social anthropology)
  • Vicent Baydal (historian)
  • Paco Tortosa (Doctor in geography)

C) Fiction production:

  • Pau Martínez (director of cinema)
  • Pilar Almería (actress)
  • Ada Hernández (scriptwriter)

D) Qualified news:

  • Salvador Amenar (journalist)
  • Violet Tena (journalist)
  • Laura Ballester (journalist)

E) Sport and leisure:

  • Cayetano Ros (journalist)
  • Alfred Hernando ‘Fredi’ (former pilot and businessman)
  • Francesc Colomer (Autonomous Secretary of the Valencian Tourism Agency)
14:00 -14:15
Closing remarks
  • Esteban Morcillo, Rector of the University of Valencia
  • Gonçal Grau, President of the Nexe Foundation

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When: 21-22 September 2017
Where: Faculty of Philology, Translation and Communication of the University of Valencia (Av. De Blasco Ibáñez, 32)


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This conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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This conference is a joint initiative of Fundació Nexe and Centre Maurits Coppieters.

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