Cape Town, 13. September 2018: Scholars from Brazil, Russia, India, and China joined South African counterparts to discuss digital media in the BRICS countries at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, which, in collaboration with the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) based in Berlin, Germany, hosted a symposium titled ‘BRICS media systems in a digital age’ on 6 and 7 September 2018. Issues such as digital activism, the political economy of BRICS media, and media value systems in the BRICS countries came under the spotlight.
The event aimed to analyse the impact of digitalisation processes on society in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), and followed on from the 10th summit BRICS country leaders, which was held in Johannesburg in July. The symposium was supported by the South African National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).
A range of speakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Germany, and Finland offered their expertise on BRICS media. Besides leading scholars in the field, media practitioners and policymakers also presented their views on a special panel.
The symposium also followed ongoing international research on media systems in the BRICS countries conducted by Prof. Herman Wasserman, the director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at UCT, and by Associate Prof. Musawenkosi Ndlovu.