Winter School 2012

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Winter school format

The course will take place over 5 days, for a total of 38 hours including lectures and workshops:

• Introductory round table (4 hours)
• 4 hours of lectures and discussion every morning
• 1.5 hours of thematic seminars in the afternoon
• 2 hours of thematic workshop activities in the afternoon

Rationale and objectives

The general part of the winter school will take an interdisciplinary approach to general issues related to themes such as diversity, the complexity and dynamics of the global context. Interactive lectures and round tables will deal with the theoretical, epistemological and methodological challenges of Global Studies, with particular attention paid to the need to overcome Eurocentric representations of global space and historic time.

The thematic seminars and workshops held in the afternoons will focus on ‘The Challenges of Global Communications’, that is, diverse aspects of communication processes which characterise the global context (processes and interactions, media and the role of technologies, governance networks). The workshops, which will also use specific digital platforms, will be organized around two main themes:

Global communications and governance

This workshop will address global policies which guide the development of technologies and comunicative processes. By participating in mapping activities and analysis of actors, interventions and controversial themes (with the support of innovative digital tools), participants will be invited to understand the complexity of the panorama of world media policies and, more generally, communication in order to reach an understanding of problematic issues and interactions with other sectors, and acquire tools they can use for analysis.

Intercultural communication and globality

The aim of this workshop is to explore some of the issues underlying intercultural communication and dialogue between people from diverse cultures and geopolitical contexts. Technological advances and increased migration flows offer increased opportunities for intercultural contact and exchange, yet intercultural communication is often characterized by misunderstandings and tension. Through participation in intercultural activities and analysis of samples of intercultural communication and conflict in a diversity of contexts students will be invited to understand the complexity of communication and the multiplicity of factors which come into play. Participants will acquire some of the competences required to engage in open dialogue and engage constructively with alternative perspectives.