Discourse in governance: issues of climate, conflict, racism and misogyny

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We access the world through storytelling. The most complex social and political challenges of the contemporary era are mediated for consumption through media, discourse, and narrative. In this panel discussion, University of Sydney experts on media and political discourse analysis engage questions of climate crisis, racism in mainstream politics in Australia, misogyny and the “incel” movement, and international conflict, connecting the representation of these pressing social and political problems with governance efforts to reduce or minimise their impact. Media, discourse, and narrative approaches to governance focus on how social and political realities become known – and how these realities can therefore be acted upon and perhaps even changed.


Chair: Professor Laura Shepherd

Heela Popal is a final year PhD candidate at the department of Government and International Relations (GIR) researching racism in Australian political discourse.

Julia Jacobson is an honours student in the department of Government and International Relations researching Australian media and political discourse on incels (an online misogynistic hate group).

Sian Lucy Perry is a PhD Student in the Gov and IR department. For her thesis research, she is conducting a narrative study of U.S presidential climate change discourse.

Jake Lynch is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies in the Discipline of Sociology and Criminology. He is researching the reporting of conflict by Afghan media under the internationally-supported government at the time of the intra-Afghan peace talks in 2020.

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9 September 2022
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
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