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The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Media and cultural aspects of civil society

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Papers to:
Email: Zrinjka Peruško (Zagreb)
Section language: English

ABSTRACT: Revitalized in the recent decades and updated in the past two hundred years, civil society remains a multi-dimensional concept that has become unavoidable in discussions about post communist transitions and democratic consolidation. If transition is a discursive construction of democratic society, the media and the public domain are the locus where developing elements of values of civil society (like trust, civility, tolerance, as well as diversity, and pluralism) and its definitions may first be recognized. If civil society is a manner of organization of citizens, what new ways of cooperation and communication created by the new information and communication technologies can we recognize? How does the networked society function in the field of culture (which should be most receptive to new forms of civil organization)? Is there an emerging global civil society, created by the networks of communication (and technology)? Can the development of civil society be encouraged by public policy and how does civil society influence the public policy in the field of culture?

Is the contribution of the media positive and enabling, or is the corporate and profit motive predominating? Is insufficient democratic consolidation in European post-communist states the result of a lack of development of independent civil society? What about the democracy and civil society tie in established democracies?

The aim of the session is to explore the multiple issues of communication, media and cultural aspects of civil society, with relation to the processes of democratic transition (in East and West, North and South).

The session invites contributions from different theoretical or methodological persuasions, disciplines, and geographies. The session will be in English. The papers will be published.