Cultural diversity & audiovisual sector - Panel proposal

TitleCultural diversity & audiovisual sector - Panel proposal
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Albornoz, L. A.
Affiliation (1st Author)Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), Spain.
Section or WGPolitical Economy Section
DateFri 28 June
Slot CodePEF4a
Slot Code (Keyword)PEF4a
Time of Session16:00-17:30
Session TitleCultural Diversity and Audiovisual Sector - Joint Session Media Education Research Section and Political Economy Section
Submission ID6659

The concept of cultural diversity occupies a central role in contemporary social debates. This is also true for the case of audiovisual policies. Part of the importance gained by the concept and its application to different aspects of current social life lies within the work that has been undertaken by UNESCO (Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 2005) and different social organizations (International Network on Cultural Policy-INCP, International Network for Cultural Diversity-INCD, etc.). After the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions (UNESCO, December 2012), and in a context of a huge debate around the circulation of audiovisual contents, it is time to evaluate what has been done and what are the present and future challenges concerning cultural diversity in the audiovisual landscape. This panel will therefore examine important issues related to the relationship between the concepts of cultural diversity and audiovisual industry. In particular, it will gather together four interventions that will be focused on: 1. Assessing the impact of digitization on access to culture and creation, and on aggregation and curation of content, based on research conducted in view of the French report on the UNESCO Convention. 2. Evaluating the distribution of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity resources, consider the proportion of contributions made to the audiovisual sector, and analyze which of the phases of the audiovisual industry, as well as which digital networks and devices, are the most favored ones. 3. Identifying the policies and actions of the Governments of Canada and of Quebec when it comes to cultural diversity, and evaluate the impact these have had on television programming. 4. Analyzing the concept of cultural diversity underlying the policies of the Government of Brazil, as well as the actions of Brazilian Civil Society, and studying its role in the configuration of the national audiovisual policy agenda. Participants: Speakers Divina Frau-Meigs (University Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3): “Assessing the impact of digitization on access to culture and creation, aggregation and curation of content". Luis A. Albornoz (Carlos III University of Madrid): “The implementation of the Convention on cultural diversity: the International Found for Cultural Diversity". Yves Théorêt (Université du Québec à Montréal): “Promoting cultural diversity in the audiovisual industry in Canada and in Quebec: from dream to reality". Sayonara Leal (University of Brasília): “Cultural diversity in Brazilian broadcasting policies: challenges and perspectives”. Chair Rodrigo Gómez García (Metropolitan Autonomus University). Discussant David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds). The effective protection and promotion of cultural diversity in the audiovisual industries requires all necessary means to diagnose the degree of cultural diversity (and tensions inherent to it) they exhibit. And the relevance of this panel lies precisely within the fact that speakers presenting will contribute to that. Note: the panel will be organized by Luis A. Albornoz and Mª Trinidad García Leiva, director and vice-director of the project Cultural diversity & audiovisual (  ref. CSO2011-26241).

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