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(IN)FORMING CONFLICT PREVENTION, RESPONSE AND RESOLUTION:
THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN VIOLENT CONFLICT

Objective

INFOCORE focuses on the conditions that bring about different media roles in the cycle of conflict and peace building. It generates knowledge on (1) the social processes underlying the production of conflict news, and (2) the inherent dynamics of conflict news contents, (3) in a systematically comparative fashion. Based on this perspective, we identify the conditions under which media play specific constructive or destructive roles in preventing, managing, and resolving violent conflict, and building sustainable peace. The project will provide detailed knowledge on the process of conflict news production. Specifically, INFOCORE focuses on interactions between (1) professional journalists (in various media), (2) political actors (including public authorities, military), (3) experts/NGOs (in intelligence, peacekeeping, conflict prevention/resolution, and media assistance), and (4) lay publics (individuals and groups, including economic actors). INFOCORE analyzes these actors’ different roles (as sources/advocates, mediators, and users/audiences) in the production of (1) professional news media, (2) social media, (3) and semi-public intelligence/expert analysis. To assess the roles of media for shaping lay publics’ and political actors’ conflict perceptions and responses to ongoing conflicts, we analyze the dynamics of conflict news content over time. We identify recurrent patterns of information diffusion and the polarization/consolidation of specific frames and determine the main contextual factors that influence the roles media play in conflict and peace building. Specifically, we assess the roles of individual agendas and resources, professional norms, media organizations and systems, political systems, and characteristics of the conflict situation. INFOCORE implements a gender-sensitive perspective throughout the project, contributing to the EC’s efforts to enable and strengthen the participation of women in peace and security matters.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-2
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Coordinator

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Germany

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Romy Fröhlich (Prof.)
EU contribution
€ 726 028

Participants (8)

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 256 464
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)
REICHMAN UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 208 876
Address
8 Hauniversita St
4610101 Herzliya

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Zimmerman (Dr.)
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 238 946
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Turner (Ms.)
Elliniko Idryma Evropaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis (HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY)
Greece
EU contribution
€ 205 608
Address
Vasilissis Sofias Avenue 49
106 76 Athens

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Nikolakopoulou (Ms.)
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 236 700
Address
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Bruxelles

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgios Terzis (Prof.)
VISOKA SKOLA ZA NOVINARSTVO I ZA ODNOSI SO JAVNOSTA PRIVATNA USTANOVA
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 212 258
Address
Ul Jurij Gagarin Karposh 17 1 1
1000 Skopje

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Snezana Trpevska (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 175 700
Address
Calle Tulipan
28933 Mostoles

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Antonia Rodriguez Tato (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 238 911
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Courillon (Prof.)