Annual Symposium: When Media Put Social Justice at Risk


Join the Center for Media at Risk and Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication for a symposium examining what happens when media practices, values, infrastructures, or ownership pose risks to social justice.

Media platforms are often optimistically positioned as relatively generative opportunities for social justice campaigns because of lower barriers of entry and heightened visibility. But these opportunities are also often shaped by opposition, contradiction, and even violence. This symposium addresses the ways in which diverse circumstances result in the intentional or accidental thwarting of social justice. They range across inequitable political-economic infrastructures, misogynistic and racialized media practices and dangerous polarizations.

Symposium Schedule 

Thursday, November 30

5:00-5:30pm | Light Reception 
5:30- 5:45pm | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
5:45-7:15pm | Keynote Address 

Wesley Lowrey 

7:15-8:30pm | Reception 

Friday, December 1

9:30-10:00am | Breakfast 
10:00-10:15am | Introduction 
10:15-11:15 | Panel One: Context 

Media are created, experienced and understood within a broad social, cultural, political, and economic context. What are some of the contextual factors of the media that can put social justice at risk? What are some of the contextual factors of the media that might allow for expanding and enhancing social justice efforts?

11:45am-1:00pm | Lunch 
1:00-2:30pm | Panel Two: Conditions 

Media platforms are often shaped by the political-economic and legal conditions that support them. How do these conditions exacerbate or intensify the media’s capacity to put social justice at risk? Are there alternative conditions that might enhance the media’s efforts toward social justice?

2:30-2:45pm | Refreshments
2:45- 4:15pm | Panel Three: Consequences 

What are the consequences of putting social justice at risk and how might the media position themselves more productively to embolden social justice initiatives? Are these consequences mainly focused on the individual user’s level, or can we imagine broader and more liberatory structural consequences?

4:15-4:45pm | Closing Remarks 
4:45-6:00pm | Reception 

Event details

Annenberg School for Communication