Plenary No. 1: A Largely ‘Western’ Financial Crisis? - Implications for Shifts in Geo-Political and Global Communication Orders

Wednesday 26 June 2013, 09:00 – 10:30

The current financial and economic crisis is frequently referred to as a ‘Western’ affair. However, some influential researchers, not least Giovanni Arrighi, have emphasized how such long wave crises can serve to amplify or accelerate fundamental shifts in geo-political relations and power structures. At the same time, researchers from our own and neighbouring fields talk about ‘soft power’ and other features of the changing forms and patterns of global power associated with the onward march of mediatisation. In this session, some leading scholars, situated in different world regions, consider the implications of the current western crisis for unfolding shifts in .i) geo-political power and global economic or technological leadership and .ii) in the global communication order or sector.

Prof Hu Zhengrong:

Prof Annabelle Sreberny:

Prof Francis Nyamnjoh:


Prof. Hu Zhengrong, Vice President of Communications Univ. of China, and Director of the National Centre for Radio & TV Studies, Beijing, China
Prof. Francis Nyamnjoh, Univ of Cape Town. As well as being a highly respected anthropologist and cultural theorist, Francis Nyamnjoh is Novelist and writer
Prof. Annabelle Sreberny, former President of the IAMCR and Chair of Global Media and Comms. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Chair: Janet Wasko, President of IAMCR, University of Oregon

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