CFMS and DOC Research Institute to co-host BRICS symposium at UCT

16 Jun 2018 - 20:45
Prof Herman Wasserman (front, left) meeting with representatives of the DoC. Front, right is Dr Jiahong Chen. Behind her, on the right, is Prof Wendland. Next to him is Klemens Witte, Research Associate with the DoC.


The Centre for Film and Media Studies, together with the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) will co-host a symposium titled “BRICS Media Systems in a Digital Age” at the University of Cape Town on 6-7 September. The event´s aim is to analyse the impact of digitalisation processes on society in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and follows on the 10th Summit of leaders of the BRICS countries to be held in Johannesburg in July. The symposium is also supported by the South African National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).

At a meeting in Berlin, Dr Jiahong Chen, Research Director (Social & Culture) DOC Research Institute and Prof Herman Wasserman, Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, formally agreed to cooperate in hosting the symposium. This symposium is a milestone in the DOC's digital research project that promotes dialogue within digital humanities and was initiated by Prof Jens Wendland, Foreign Professor, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Professor, University of Arts, Berlin.

The symposium also follows on ongoing international research on media systems in the BRICS countries conducted by Prof Wasserman and A/Prof Musawenkosi Ndlovu, which included participation in a multi-country research project. Scholars from all the BRICS countries will be attending the symposium, and it will also involve local South African scholars and practitioners.