Discriminatory Discourse and Social Media

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Date: October 26, 2013 Saturday
Time: 10.30-13.00
Place: santralistanbul Campus, E1-301

Prof. Elisabeth Eide  (Oslo University)
László Földi (Council of Europe)
Moderator: Asst. Prof. Dr. Itır Erhart (İstanbul Bilgi University)

Prof. Elisabeth Eide, working on freedom of expression and on the representation of immigration, gender and global climate change on media, and László Földi, giving trainings on and working as a consultant in the field of human rights, participation, and democracy, and one of the online community managers of the No Hate Speech Movement of Council of Europe, will be discussing discriminatory discourse and social media.

The panel will be broadcast online from the Hrant Dink Foundation’s website http://www.hrantdink.org in both languages.

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Prof. Elisabeth Eide:
Elisabeth Eide, PhD, is Professor of Journalism Studies at Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo and Professor II at the University of Bergen. During 2007-2010 she was employed at CULCOM, strategic research programme, of Oslo University. She has written, edited and co-edited a number of academic books on a variety of topics, such as transnational journalism, marginalization and minorities. She has lived and worked for more than three years in India and Pakistan where she has worked in Peshawar with Afghan refugees, and in Lahore as a visiting scholar at Institute for Communication Studies, The University of the Punjab. She has also travelled much in Afghanistan. Her long stays abroad have been an inspiration, and she has published five novels (1994-2005). She has also substantial journalistic experience as reporter and editor. Her current research areas are media representation of minorities and climate change; transnational media events, journalism and gender. She is currently co-chairs a transnational network on media and climate change with researchers from 18 countries and within the same field, leads a research group on theory development within the field of media and migration. After the terror in Norway on 22 July 2011 she has undertaken studies on media representation and media debates on freedom of expression and multiculturalism in the Norwegian press. In 2008 she was granted the Communication Award by the Norwegian Media Researchers Association, in 2002 the Ossietsky Award for free expression by Norwegian PEN. She currently serves at the board of Norwegian PEN as Vice President.

László Földi :
László Földi has been involved in European youth policy and youth work for more than 20 years. He was vice-president responsible for European affairs of a national youth council as a volunteer during his university studies in the beginning of the 90s. From 1996 he was working for the national youth service of the Hungarian government as training officer and from 1998 as director for European development, and head of agency of the youth programmes of the European Union in Hungary until 2009. He has also been working as trainer and consultant in the field of human rights education, participation, and democracy since 2000. He worked in 27 international youth projects as trainer, consultant or author. He was the chief editor of the Hungarian Handbook of Youth Work and he wrote studies on online democracy and online campaigning against hate speech, and he is now editing a handbook on education through sport with the International Youth and Sport Association (ISCA). Since 2010 he is a freelance trainer and consultant focusing on human rights online and education through sport. He has been involved in building up the No Hate Speech Movement, the online campaign of the Council of Europe from 2011. He was also working for the Council of Europe as educational advisor in 2004-05 and as campaign coordinator in 2012-13. Since April 2013 he is the online community manager of the No Hate Speech Movement as contracted external expert of the Council of Europe.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Itır Erhart:
Itir ERHART was born in 1975. She studied philosophy and Western Languages & Literatures at Boğaziçi University. She completed her M.A. in Philosophy at the same university and her M.Phil at the University of Cambridge. In 2001 she started teaching at Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Media and Communication Systems. In 2006 she earned her PhD from Bogazici University in philosophy. She is the author of the book “What Am I?” and several articles on gender, sports, human rights and media.  Currently, she is working as an assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University.  Erhart is also the co-founder of Adim Adim, Turkey’s first charity running group.  In 2009 she was featured on CNN Turk’s "Turkey's Changemakers," which is sponsored by the Sabanci Foundation. She was awarded Ten Outstanding Persons (TOYP) award in 2010. She has given talks on sports and fundraising at several universities and NGOs including YGA and Sogla.