[spectre] ANN: The New Rights Talk: Turning Media into a Human Right?

Eric Kluitenberg epk at xs4all.nl
Fri Jun 18 23:59:15 CEST 2004

Dear Spectrites,

not entirely art, but certainly media culture....

We will probably also stream this presentation live, will send the 
link if we manage!

best wishes,


A   N   N   O   U   N   C   E   M   E   N   T

Public Debate:

The New Rights Talk: Turning Media into a Human Right?

"The proper place for justice is the courtroom, not the TV screen."
- concerned British citizen, 2000

An evening with American Activist-Scholars

with info-graphics about media and rights

De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics
Thursday, June 24, 20.00 hrs
Reservations: 020 - 553 51 00

Part of All-American Issues: Stories from the Homeland, the series 
co-produced by de Balie Centre for Culture and Politics and the 
Govcom.org Foundation, Amsterdam, with support from the Ford 
Foundation, New York.

Global issues hit the homeland. Finally, there are issues from abroad 
to awaken the U.S. The U.S.A is normally one of greatest exporters of 
social issues. Indeed, for many people globalisation is 
Americanization. But now the U.S. is witnessing its activist-scholars 
importing issues and movements. The World Social Forum is coming to 
North America, and with it come the issue lists. Shipping in the 
issues these days may provide new opportunities for rights talk, 
because the U.S. always has been adept at turning issues into rights. 
"Communication Rights," "Cultural Rights," "Information Rights" and 
"Media Justice" are among the new coinages. But who are the bearers 
of these rights? Normally subjects seek rights. But are rights 
seeking subjects? And what are the costs of turning issues into 

Media Rights for all
What if we make the digital divide into 'Internet rights'?
Can we expand free speech to 'communication rights'?
Will plurality of voices and diversity of viewpoints make way for 
'media justice'?
When we say 'cultural rights', can we really mean that groups have rights?
Do 'information rights' imply a Freedom of Information Act for all?

Introduction by Richard Rogers

Speakers include:

Jodi Dean, Hobart-William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
Noortje Marres, Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
Lisa Brooten, Our Media Network
Seeta Pena Gangadharan, International Media Actor Center
Rusty Tunnard, Tufts University
Robert Latham, Social Science Research Council
Gerri Spilke, Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia
David Philips, University of Texas at Austin
David Silver, The September Project
Sarah Washburn, The September Project
Philip M. Napoli, Fordham University
Rafel Lucea, MIT
Nick Jankowski, Oxford Internet Institute
Catherine Borgman-Arboleda, International Media Actor Center

Further information:

Origins of the Media Justice Movement in the USA:
(The Highlander Meeting)

Issuenetwork - the workshop site of the Govcom.org Foundation:

Media pages De Balie:

Website Govcom.org Foundation:

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