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Critical Media Literacy

The Centre for Critical Media Literacy aims to facilitate a range of media research, production, learning and community engagement, with a commitment to equality and diversity. Its mission includes scientifically informed and timely studies of the changing technologies that underlie media.


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The Centre for Critical Media Literacy will host a conference, ‘Critical Media Literacy: Who Needs It?’, on October 20th and 21st 2017. What does it mean to foster critical media literacy, and whose interests should it serve? How important are categories such as class, age, ethnicity and intellectual disability to the question of who has access to and agency in social flows of communication and information?

Keynote speaker on Friday October 20th at 6pm will be Dr Richard Barbrook, academic, activist and Jeremy Corbyn's ‘Digital Guru’. (This session is free and open to the public.) Other confirmed speakers at the conference include: Prof David Buckingham, one of the world's leading authorities on young people and media; Martina Chapman, who has led media-literacy projects at the BBC, Ofcom, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and across Europe; Sheena Horgan, a consultant on youth and ethical marketing; and Niamh Sweeney, head of policy at Facebook Ireland. The conference will bring together policy, community and scholarly perspectives, with papers from a diverse range of pertinent subject areas, including social media, affective networking, changing news discourses, online privacy and surveillance, new and evolving cultural forms and formations, media education/pedagogy, access/engagement, and computing for social and information networks. Themed sessions will include: critical understanding of ‘experts’; media literacy as a classroom subject; and the ‘computational turn’ in the creation and understanding of media phenomena.

A detailed programme and registration details are above. Any queries, and requests for free tickets for relevant community and activist groups, should be addressed to  A special edition of the peer-reviewed open-access publication Irish Communications Review will be published based on papers given at the conference. 

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