‘Braking’ News: Censorship, Media and Ukraine

Thursday, February 21, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013
Room 1512 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY

The Ukrainian Studies Program, Harriman Institute at Columbia University is organizing a conference entitled Braking' News:
Censorship, Media, and Ukraine to be held in New York City February 21 and 22, 2013. The conference will gather the world's top analysts on Ukrainian media at Columbia for two days to examine the contemporary state and functioning of Ukrainian media. These experts will discuss how media operate in Ukraine - what they contain and how they are sustained.

'Braking' News: Censorship, Media, and Ukraine will consist of a keynote address, two panels, one roundtable discussion and a film presentation. The conference, which will be open to the public, will commence on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7PM with a keynote address by Andriy Kulykov entitled "Ukrainian Media: Old Pressures, New Challenges" which will be followed by a reception. Friday, February 22nd will feature two panels and a roundtable made up of an international gathering of scholars, as well as practitioners, of Ukrainian media.

The first panel, entitled "The Media, the Market, and Democracy:
Ukraine in a Global Context", will explore the relationship between market forces and how Ukraine's media operate in a global environment.
It will look at issues such as ownership structures, global media convergence, trends towards infotainment, how this affects media content, journalistic standards, and the process of democracy more broadly.

The second panel, "Media Discourse, Ideology, and Discrimination" will examine the ideological dimension of Ukrainian media discourse, paying particular attention to the representations of language, historical memory, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation. It will analyze both the unchallenged reproduction and fierce contestation of identity, legitimacy and normality and these processes' contribution to social inequality and discrimination.

The roundtable will be a discussion between representatives of the world's leading news sources on Ukraine about reporting on Ukraine in the West and Ukraine's presence in Western media.

The conference will conclude with a presentation by Yuri Shevchuk of a 2011 Serhii Bukovsky film entitled "Ukraine: When the Countdown Began."

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Panel 1: The Media, the Market, and Democracy: Ukraine in a Global Context
Panel 2: Media Discourse, Ideology, and Discrimination
Roundtable: Reporting on Ukraine