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21 & 22 September 2017
Main > Propaganda Lab
When: 19 & 20 September 2017
Where: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Propaganda Lab

Seminars on Contemporary Propaganda, 19-20th September

Led by Prof. Renee Hobbs (Rhode Island University) & Igor Kanizaj (Foundation of Media Culture).

Target audience: Students, young teachers, non-formal media educators, journalists and media professionals (up to 35 years old).

These seminars will raise awareness about the power of contemporary propaganda and introduce practical strategies to promote critical thinking about propaganda. At a time of rampant populism, xenophobia, fake news and stereotyping, the seminar will provide students, educators and other professionals with innovative educational models and resources.

Participants will explore the subject of propaganda by actively engaging in dialogue, interpretation and analysis, and consider strategies for addressing rising nationalism, racism, intolerance and violent extremism.

To participate in Propaganda Lab, register here
Participation in Propaganda Lab is free of charge only for those who are registered to and will attend Media Meets Literacy conference. In other case, Propaganda Lab fee is 150 Euro.

19 September
14.00-18.00Part 1: Panel Discussion on Contemporary Propaganda & Mind Over Media: Hands-On Workshop
18.00 Dinner
20 September
09.00Part 2: Discussion on Propaganda, Fake News and Social Media & Propaganda Analysis, followed by Video Creation to Demonstrate Skills
13.00 Lunch
14.00-18.00 Part 3: Panel Discussion about Connecting Past to Present and Future & Building a Network of Propaganda Education Leadership
19.30 Networking, with refreshments

Seminar Part 1

Seminar Part 1A: Contemporary Propaganda

We are subject to a flood of messages, coming from many different channels and in many forms. To be a responsible citizen in the 21st century, we need to be critically aware about propaganda and to understand its intent. But in recent years, teaching about propaganda has diminished in many educational settings.

In this seminar, we explore our current exposure to propaganda, including disinformation, fake news, and partisanship. We take a frank look at the education sector, considering the current capacity of schools, NGOs and other community organizations to address propaganda education. FORMAT: Panel discussion with Prof. Renee Hobbs, Igor Kanizaj, Aidan White (Ethical Journalism Network), Prof. Megan Boler (Toronto University).

Seminar Part 1B: Mind Over Media: Hands-On Workshop

Participants will learn about best practices in teaching about propaganda as a form of media literacy education by exploring a new online educational resource, Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda, an online, user-generated content website that helps learners explore the subject of contemporary propaganda. On the website, users can upload, examine and discuss examples of propaganda from around the world.

FORMAT: Workshop with laptop computers

Seminar Part 2

Seminar Part 2A: Propaganda, Fake News and Social Media

How does the combination of the economics of online information and the characteristics of human information-processing help increase the viral spread of propaganda? How do clickbait, virality, sponsored content, labeling and personalized algorithms shape people’s exposure to and interpretation of contemporary propaganda? With Ania Halseth (Policy Officer, Facebook, Belgium) and Darko Brkan (Zasto ne?, B&H)

Seminar Part 2B: Propaganda Analysis, followed by Video Creation to Demonstrate Skills

In this hands-on learning experience, small teams explore examples of propaganda and then create digital video screencasts to document their critical analysis skills.

FORMAT: Media analysis, media reflection and production

Seminar Part 3

Seminar Part 3A: Connecting Past to Present and Future

What about the power of propaganda in previous eras? What are our responsibilities as authors and audiences? How does propaganda thrive in the blurred boundaries between art, journalism and advocacy?

FORMAT: Panel discussion:
Four speakers share 10-minute stories of propaganda, past and present: Piotr Pacewicz (OKO.press), Christian Spahr (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung), Tihomir Loza (South Eastern European Network for Media Professionalization), Joanna Krawczyk (Evens Foundation)

Activity: Sharing of propaganda stories

Seminar Part 3B: Building a Network of Propaganda Education Leadership

As we advance in our professional development and analysis of contemporary propaganda, how can we continue learning from each other? What research is most needed to advance the future of this educational practice? What outcomes do we seek?

FORMAT: Small-group discussion