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Title of the presentation:
Controversies of the Public Sphere: theories and approaches
Short abstract of the presentation:
In the last years critical studies on the public sphere have vastly increased. The early Habermasian framework has been reformulated and extended to the European and transnational levels. In a parallel development, a critical discourse in democratic theory has furthered from the early conception of deliberative democracy to a more complex understanding of organising the diversifying social, cultural, political and economic relations. In my lecture I will firstly introduce recent debates concerning the (European) public sphere. Then I will connect this with the critical discourse on deliberative democracy. In the last part of the lecture I will offer some clarification and suggestions for the further studies of the public sphere(s).
Areas of expertise: Democracy and communication, theories of the public sphere, European media and communication policies Hannu Nieminen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is professor of media and communications policy and the head of Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 in the University of Westminster, London. His research interests include media and democracy, theories of public sphere, and communication policy and regulation. His monographs include People Stood Apart: the Constitution of the National Public Sphere in Finland 1809–1917 (2006, in Finnish), Hegemony and the Public Sphere (2000), and Democracy and Communication: Habermas, Williams, and the British Case (1997).
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