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Title: "The Mediation of Scandal and Moral Outrage".
Target participants: Members of the Communication and Democracy and Gender and Communication sections, YECREA members, and academics who are not section members
Affiliation: Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics
Venue: London, UK
Date: Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2011

Scandals and the moral outrage they invariably provoke are not new, but the networked synoptic viewer society that we have become, makes scandalitis more permanent, more global and above all a profitable business for media organisations. The advent of crowd sourcing, web 2.0, blogging, CCTV, mobile phones with video capacity and an ever more hungry media eager to produce scandal and direct moral outrage, has made that not only celebrities and politicians are the object of scandal, but ordinary people caught doing something morally condemnable are increasingly thrown into media frenzy as well, while police brutality has become easier to expose through so-called sousveillance or 'inverse surveillance' - watching those that watch.

In politics, fostering a culture of scandal and the mobilisation of moral outrage has very much become a core activity in political journalism and in (negative) campaigning by political parties/candidates and civil society.

Unsurprisingly, sex scandals involving male or female politicians or other celebrities remain of particular interest to the media and the public at large. These are often based on a moralistic agenda advocating heteronormative monogamy whilst constructing a sense of normality. A gender divide can also be observed in moral standards being projected on women and men.

This symposium aims to bring a critical perspective to the way scandals are mediated, produced, consumed, and how they increasingly feed a polyoptic society whereby everybody is watching and watched by everybody.

Recent events in the UK have also shown how this phenomenon driven by commercial and ideological interests can have negative consequences for trust in politicians, the police and journalism. The eagerness with which News International was chasing scandals became a scandal in its own right and the object of widespread moral outrage.

The mind conscious of innocence despises false reports: but we are a set always ready to believe a scandal.
(Ovid, Fasti - IV, 311)

The mightier man, the mightier is the thing That makes him honoured or begets him hate; For greatest scandal waits on greatest state.
(William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece - l. 1,004)

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. (Oscar Wilde)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Professor John B. Thompson and Dr. Jo Littler

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Writing Academic Applications. A workshop for young scholars in media communications and gender studies

Please note:
If you plan to attend the workshop, please send your specific questions about application writing to the organisers. This will ease the practicalities of the participant-centred interactive part of the workshop and help the speakers prepare. Please email your questions to Maria Kyriakidou and Julie Uldam

The workshop is open to all young scholars attending the Mediation of Scandal and Moral Outrage conference, and is especially tailored to the interests and needs of those in the last stage of their PhD or in the early steps of their academic career, who are faced with the task of job hunting and application writing, and the concomitant daunting questions:
- What are the principles of a good application?
- What do academic employers expect from it?
- What do funding bodies expect from it?
- What funding possibilities exist?

Addressing these concerns that await young scholars on completion of their PhDs, the workshop aims at providing advice and guidance on writing successful applications for academic posts.

It will address the particularities and demands of applications for:
(a) teaching and research posts (e.g. lectureship/assistant professorship/teaching fellowship/research fellowships), and
(b) postdoctoral funding proposals (for research councils and other funding bodies).

The workshop will have an interactive format, which will allow space for the provision of hands-on advice on application writing. It will consist of a brief panel discussion of senior scholars, who will share their experiences of applying for academic jobs and postdoctoral grants.

The panel discussion will be followed by group work, where the workshop participants will be divided into groups depending on the type of application they are planning to prepare.

The groups will be guided by the senior scholars, who will help participants in each group to brainstorm on the main issues and concerns related to the specific application type they are engaging with. The workshop will conclude with a plenary discussion of learning outcomes.

- Bart Cammaerts, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Nico Carpentier, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University
- Mia-Marie Hammerlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media, Lund University
- Tonny Krijnen, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication at the Erasmus University Rotterdam

YECREA organisers :
Carla Cerqueira, Maria Kyriakidou, Tina Askanius and Julie Uldam

For further info please contact Julie Uldam

Registration is open here.

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