Previous Conferences

Occupy Public Broadcasting: alt. futures for the CBC

a public dialogue featuring keynote speaker Dr. Wade Rowland (York University, author of Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service) and other panelists : Dr. Ray Scherer (University of Alberta), Dr. Rebecca Sullivan (University of Calgary),...

When you can’t see the Forest for the Trees: Thoughts on political communication in the age of social media (2012)

Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star and a guest columnist for Le Devoir and L’Actualité. She is a weekly participant on the political panel at Issue on the CBC’s The National as well as Radio-Canada’s Les Coulisses du pouv...
Chantal Hébert

Chantal Hébert

Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star and a guest columnist for Le Devoir and L’Actualité. She is a weekly participant on the political panel at Issue on the CBC’s The National as well as Radio-Canada’s Les Coulisses du pouv...

Citizen Journalism in Burma: A struggle for the freedom of public media (2009)

The Graham Spry fund for Public Broadcasting and the Communication department at the Université de Montréal invite you to the annual commemorative Spry conference, which will take place on the 19th of November 2009. This conference will start with a...
Khin Maung Win

Khin Maung Win

After having participated in the student demonstrations for democracy in Burma in 1988, Khin Maung Win had to flee his native country. In Thailand, he joined the group “All Burma Students’ Democratic Front” as director of the Department of Information. He be...
Mika Lévesque

Mika Lévesque

Mika Lévesque is the regional agent for Asia at Rights & Democracy Montréal, an organization that aims to encourage and promote democracy across the world. After receiving a MA in Law and Diplomacy, she pursued doctoral studies at the Fletcher School o...

Public Service Broadcasting in Post-Communist Countries: Finding the Right Place on the Map (2007)

Introduction of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) into post-Communist countries must be considered against the background of the development and evolution of PSB in general. What are the prospects for its development into truly independent media organizations...
Dr. Karol Jakubowicz

Dr. Karol Jakubowicz

Karol Jakubowicz is an international expert in broadcasting. He is a member of the Independent Media Commission in Kosovo and of the Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO ‘’Information for All’’ Programme and heads Working Group 2 of the COST A30 ACT...

Vlogs, iPods and Beyond: Public Media's Terrifying Opportunities (2006)

For people who believe that a democratic society needs media for public knowledge and action, this is an intoxicating moment. Never has the public had so many opportunities to meet up online, vlog their issues and watchdog the news. For commercial...
Patricia Aufderheide

Patricia Aufderheide

Dr. Patricia Aufderheide is a professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and the director of the Center for Social Media there. She is the author of Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, forthcoming),...

Making Media. Creating the Conditions for Communication in the Public Good (2005)

Where have the media come in the past ten years? Where are they headed? Conventional forms, such as the newspaper, over-the-air radio and television, are increasingly called into question while new wireless or Internet-based media are hailed as...
Marc Raboy

Marc Raboy

Prof. Marc Raboy is Full Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. His current research looks at media and communication governance issues in light of increasing globalization. A...

Building the Digital Commons: Public Broadcasting in the Age of the Internet (2004)

From its earliest years there have been two competing visions of broadcasting's core role. Public broadcasters have sought to address their audiences as citizens with rights to the cultural resources required by active participation in communal life....
Graham Murdock

Graham Murdock

Graham Murdock is reader in the Sociology of Culture at Loughborough University (UK). Before moving to Loughborough, he worked for some years at Leicester University where he was a leading member of the pioneering centre for Mass Communication Research....

The Right to Communicate in Theory and Practice: A Test for the World Summit on the Information Society (2003)

The state of current human rights provisions for the information society is the central concern of this lecture. A key argument will be that international human rights law does not provide for a right to communicate. This right refers to communication...
Cees J. Hamelink

Cees J. Hamelink

Dr. Cees J. Hamelink studied philosophy and psychology in Amsterdam. He is Professor of International Communication at the University of Amsterdam, and Professor of Media, Religion and Culture at the Free University in Amsterdam. Professor Hamelink has...

The Public Art of Inuit Storytelling (2002)

"People in Igloolik learned through storytelling who we were and where we came from without a written language for 4000 years. Then foreign missionaries, school and cable TV silenced all that time of oral history. Can we listen to our elders before...
Zacharias Kunuk

Zacharias Kunuk

Over 20 years ago, Zacharias Kunuk brought home to Igloolik the Arctic's first video camera from the sale of his carvings. Since then, he has directed and produced almost 30 documentary and dramatic films. His most recent, Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner,...

Journeys in Media Space. Global Media and National Controls: Rethinking the Role of the State (2001)

The power of states to control the images that permeate their terrain is in question everywhere. Freedom to receive and impart ideas seems to be breaking out all over, but it would be naïve to see the world as a place where information moves without ...
Monroe E. Price

Monroe E. Price

Professor Monroe E. Price is the founder and co-director of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, at Oxford University as well as the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law , Yeshiva University,...

Men Without Answers, Nation Without Hope: The Electronic Media and the Decline of English Canada (2000)

Can English Canada survive the men who program, manage and own our most influential medium - television? This is the essential question I pose in this year's Spry Lecture. Canada itself requires extraordinary action - affirmative action - in order...
Daryl Duke

Daryl Duke

Daryl Duke is one of Canada's foremost film makers and broadcasters. In a career that has spanned half a century he has worked extensively in both public and private broadcasting. As a film maker he has produced and directed award winning films, television...

Broadcasting Coregulation and the Public Good (1999)

In focusing on the role of public broadcasters in countries such as Canada and Australia, I begin this speech by examining several assumptions that underlie broadcasting in general in order to reconsider their relevance to the new technologies and challenges...

Gareth Grainger

Mr. Gareth Grainger is Deputy Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and Chairman of the International Committee of the Research Forum on Children and Media. He is also Chairman of the On-Line, Policy and Strategy, Codes and Standards...

Public Service Media, Old and New : Vitalizing a Civic Culture? (1998)

In international discussions about the media one of the words most often associated with public service broadcasting is "crisis". While in Sweden today, this is less the case than in the past, the present situation can hardly be characterized as business...
Peter Dahlgren

Peter Dahlgren

Dr. Peter Dahlgren, Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Lund University, Sweden, has written extensively on the role of mass media and journalism in the development of a democratic public sphere. Born in Sweden and raised and educated in...

The Mythology of Commercial Broadcasting and the Contemporary Crisis of Public Broadcasting (1997)

One of the most striking developments of the past decade has been the decline of public service broadcasting systems everywhere. By public service broadcasting, I mean a system that is nonprofit and noncommercial, supported by public funds, ultimately...
Robert W. McChesney

Robert W. McChesney

Dr. Robert W. McChesney of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) is a media scholar, historian and activist. McChesney has written widely on media history and telecommunications policy. He is one of the leading U.S. experts on the question of public...

The Public Broadcaster and Democracy in Transformation (1996)

Broadcasting entered the public arena in the second half of the 1920s. In South Africa, radio stations were set up in Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, all under private ownership, and, by 1929, the companies were amalgamated as the African Broadcasting...
Ruth Teer-Tomaselli

Ruth Teer-Tomaselli

Dr Ruth Teer-Tomaselli is lecturer in the Centre for Cultural and Media Studies, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. She has also been a Board member of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), chair of the SABC Committee on the Independent...