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Arts and Social Justice: The Media Connection

March 30, 2011

20-23 October 2011

University of Nicosia, Cyprus

We are proud to announce that the Department of Communications in conjunction with the Mass Media and Communications Institute at The University of Nicosia will be hosting The 2011 Arts and Social Justice Conference which will be held from 20-23 October 2011 at the University of Nicosia. The title of this year’s conference is Arts and Social Justice: The Media Connection (ASJ). The ASJ is a well established international conference based on arts, expression and citizen activism, and its various mediated forms of representation. ASJ has close ties to the World Social Forum, also held annually at the same time as the Davos Economic Forum and conceived as its counterweight. In 2010, the ASJ conference was held in Durban, South Africa, with such luminaries as Albie Sachs and Rajmohan Ghandi among the plenary speakers and key presentations from William Cleveland, Mike van Graan, and Angelina Kamba.

At the 2011 conference, we expect about 200 – 300 delegates from all over the world – artists, academics, activists. Special emphasis will be put on the media and how they can and do influence societies at large to take on greater responsibilities in making this world a just place to live. There will be three strands:

1.        Arts, Media and Advocacy

2.        Media, Culture and Identity

3.        Arts, Cultural Diversity and Conflict Resolution

Additional ideas are also welcome from participants regarding panel discussions, poster displays and artistic workshops.

Especially the first strand will give the opportunity to analyze citizen media production and how, as in the recent cases of Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries, this has contributed to giving a forceful voice to formerly disenfranchised groups. We have approached a number of important global figures and while the negotiations are still continuing, we hope to have such celebrities as Desmond Tutu, important film directors and artists to be part of the programme.

We welcome your interest and would encourage you to enroll in the conference and actively participate in it. There are several ways of doing that. A dedicated website will be up within the next few weeks where you will find the latest information and updates. Also, a conference publication is planned.

We look forward to welcoming you at the University of Nicosia!

Please indicate interest of participation by return email to the following two email addresses:

Dr Mike Hajimichael (, Dr Holger Briel (
University of Nicosia
BA Programme Coordinators
Communications Department
School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Law
46, Makedonitissa Ave, PO Box 24005, 1700, Nicosia-Cyprus
Tel 00 357 22 352563
Fax 00 357 22 353682

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