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Featuring an all-star Melbourne based panel, the discussion will focus on the recent killings in Paris and Copenhagen and consider various implications for language, culture and globalization.
Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research presents ‘Understanding Charlie: The Implications for Language, Culture and Globalization’, a panel discussion featuring: Dr Chantal Crozet (RMIT), Professor Jeff Lewis (RMIT) and Professor John Hajek (UMelb).
Convened by Dr Kerry Mullan (RMIT)
Abstract: The recent killings in Paris, and now Copenhagen, have brought to the fore key questions regarding the parameters of freedom of speech in today’s globalized societies. At the core of the discussion is a concern for how we negotiate acute difference across diverse beliefs. This panel will examine the basic values underpinning the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, values which the international media could not always make sense of. As noted by Salomone (2015), 'in the days following the attacks, the English language media struggled to explain the apparent cultural divide on religion and free speech that sets France apart from other liberal democracies'. What is the role of a globalized media in narrowing or expanding understanding? How do we reconcile cultural specificity with freedom of speech, and more broadly, how can language and culture interact to create alternative possibilities? The discussion will consider the crucial role of multilinguality and inter-cultural awareness, both considered ways to mitigate against such forms of conflict and violence across societies.
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