Media, citizenship and extreme events

In this lecture the complex and ambiguous relationship between media and citizenship was analyzed. Taking the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and hurricane Katrina in 2005 as case studies, it discussed the possibility and the constraints of proposing alternative grammars that allow for the construction of a common but not consensual world.

José Manuel Mendes holds a PhD in Sociology from the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra, where he is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He is also a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), where he has been working in the fields of inequalities, social mobility, social movements and collective action and, more recently, on the themes of risk, social vulnerability, trauma and victims' associations.

He is coordinator of the Risk Observatory (OSIRIS) of CES. Among his publications is the edited book (with Pedro Araujo), Os lugares (im)possíveis da cidadania: Estado e risco num mundo globalizado (The (im)possible places of citizenship: Risk and State in a globalized world), Coimbra: Almedina, 2013.

Peter deSouza is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
CSDS Seminar Room