[LINK] War 2.0: Political Violence & New Media, Canberra, 7 & 8 October

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Sep 30 08:10:07 AEST 2009

The Department of International Relations of the Australian National
University is hosting a two day symposium on "War 2.0: Political
Violence & New Media" in Canberra, 7 to 8 October 2009: 

The program includes Brigadier Brian Dawson (Director General of
Australian Defence Force Public Affairs), Eric Beecher (Crikey.com),
Professor Hugh White (ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre) and
Mehran Mortezai (Iranian student and Twitterer).

There is a modest $50 registration fee ($15 for students). The venue is
the new hit-tech Hedley Bull Centre at the ANU. I hope to take part in
the symposium via the web (from Web Directions South in Sydney), 
relating some of my experience setting the Australian Defence Force's 
policy for the use of the web and Internet.


War 2.0: Political Violence & New Media:

     Today, war is conducted not only by the dispatch of Tomahawks in
the air or Kalashnikovs and suicide attacks on the ground but also by
means of bytes, tweets, digital images, and social networking forums.
(New) media technology, in other words, has become a medium of war and

     This multidisciplinary two-day symposium on 7-8 October hosted by
the Department of International Relations at the ANU will map the
shifting arena of war, conflict, terrorism, and violence in an intensely
mediated age. The symposium will bring together international relations
academics, media scholars and media practitioners, policymakers and
defence staff. It will explore cultural, political, strategic, and
technological transformations in media platforms and media participation
and assess their impact on policy, publics, and outcomes of political

     The symposium addresses questions such as: What is 'new' about new
media? How have the transformations in media technology influenced
media-military relations? How have these transformations impacted upon
traditional media actors? How are war, conflict, terrorism and violence
represented; what are the consequences of these representations? In what
ways has new media technology empowered marginalised voices in war,
conflict, and terrorism? And how has the transformation of the media
landscape impacted on the way states conduct their foreign policy? ...

     Symposium Program

     7 October
     9:15 - 9:30	Introduction
     9:30 - 10:45	Keynote address by James Der Derian
     From the Image of War to the War of Images
     (Live webcast from Brown University)
     10:45 - 11:15	Morning tea
     11:15 - 12:45	Panel One: Traditional Voices
     Responding to New Toys, New Challenges
     Kate Geraghty, Sydney Morning Herald photographer
     Prakash Mirchandani, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU
     Bill Paterson, Ambassador for Counter-terrorism
     Peter Mantello, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
     Brigadier Brian Dawson, Director General Public Affairs, ADF
     12:45 - 1:45	Lunch
     1:45 - 3:00	Keynote address by Eric Beecher, Crikey.com
     The Changing Media Landscape
     3:00 - 3:30	Afternoon tea
     3:30 - 5:00	Panel Two: New Voices
     New Media Empowering New Actors
     Lisa Goldman, political blogger from Tel Aviv
     Sophie McNeill, SBS Dateline video journalist
     Mark Andrejevic, University of Queensland
     Matthew Hornsey, University of Queensland
     Nicholas Farrelly, ANU
     Mehran Mortezai, Iranian student and Twitterer
     5:00 - 6:30	Reception

     8 October
     9:30 - 10:45	Keynote address by Paul McGeough, Sydney Morning Herald
     A Correspondent's Journey
     10:45 - 11:15	Morning tea
     11:15 - 12:45	Panel Three: War 2.0 - What are We Facing?
     How is New Media Shaping Conflict?
     Thomas Rid, Authors of War 2.0
     Peter Leahy, University of Canberra
     Seb Kaempf, University of Queensland
     Julie Posetti, University of Canberra
     Hugh White, ANU
     12:45 - 1:45	Lunch
     1:45 - 3:00	Concluding Plenary
     Politics by Other Means?

Tom Worthington FACS HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Lecturer, The Australian National University t: 02 61255694
Computer Science http://cs.anu.edu.au/people.php?StaffID=140274

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