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Media, Conflict and Democratisation

Objective

The project ‘Media, Conflict and Democratisation’ investigates the role of traditional media and ICTs in conflicts that accompany and follow transitions to democracy. Our research focuses on three major arenas of contentious politics in emerging democracies: constitutional conflicts, accountability conflicts and election conflicts.
We argue that the media cannot be sufficiently understood in isolation, but have to be seen as part of an arena of public contestation that is occupied by multiple actors, each of which thriving to dominate the interpretations and outcomes of ongoing conflicts. Thus, the project aims to investigate
• The way in which traditional media in emerging democracies portray conflicts and whether media coverage contributes to the polarisation or moderation of divisions
• The diffusion of conflict messages through new ICTs;
• The role perceptions, ethics and working practices of journalists in conflict situations;
• The communication behaviour of conflict parties – governments, political leaders, civil society groups – during conflicts and how communications heightens or ameliorates tensions
The empirical research will be carried out in four emerging democracies: Serbia, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa. These countries were chosen because their political development is of great significance for the respective geographical region in which they are located. All four countries have experienced severe democratisation conflicts, but represent distinct contexts that help to understand how cultural, political and social factors shape the role of the media in democratisation conflicts.
The project will closely work together with relevant stakeholders to develop recommendations for communication interventions that help to prevent conflicts and provide strategies for effective conflict management and conflict resolution. In particular, we will provide knowledge and skills as to how ICT tools can be used for effective communication management during conflicts

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 432 857
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)

Participants (8)

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 644
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dagny Koerber (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 306 874
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simone Ludwig (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 338 588
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
RHODES UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

South Africa
Address
Drostdy Road
6140 Grahamstown
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Herman Wasserman (Prof.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 205 065
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Christensen (Prof.)
UNIVERZITET U BEOGRADU – FAKULTET POLITIČKIH NAUKA
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 210 052
Address
Jove Ilica 165
11000 Beograd
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nebojsa Vladisavljevic (Prof.)
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 209 162
Address
Kasr El Aini Street 113
19511 Cairo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dina Riad (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 226 466
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Herman Wasserman (Prof.)