Creating a Multicultural Nation: The Educational Role of Media

October 30, 2007

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Ponderosa Centre, Arbutus Room

Professor Ien Ang, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Organized by the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, and the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education.

How can the media play a constructive role in promoting the creation of a multicultural nation? This talk drew on Ang’s extensive publications on cultural studies, audience reception and multiculturalism, as well as her practical experience as a researcher working with Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) to develop a pedagogy based on an understanding of multiculturalism that extends beyond identity politics and political correctness. In Australia and elsewhere, SBS broadcasting practice suggests that relations among nations, media, and multiculturalism have to be engaged as sites of contestation at the levels of the social, the educational, and the cultural.



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