Tuesday 9th November 2021, 1pm Clephan Building lecture theatre 3.01
Presentations on PR, Journalism and Politics
1.00pm – LSPR CEO Prita Kemal Gani, MBA, MCIPR, APR.
‘The need for Public Relations in Business’.
Taking an international perspective, this talk examines the use of PR in business transactions.
1.25pm – Professor Stuart Price
The Capitol Riot and the Concept of ‘Insurrection’
This paper interrogates the discursive framework within which the Capitol incursion of 6 January 2021 was presented. The predominant narrativisation of the event by ‘mainstream’ liberal US/UK media – as an ‘insurrection’, an assault on ‘the seat of democracy’, and even as a form of ‘domestic terrorism’ – reinforced the notion that the democratic order and its supposed adherence to Truth, was somehow fragile and in need of reconstruction.
1.45pm – Dr Giuliana Tiripelli
Researching Peace on Twitter: methodologies and discoveries
Dr Tiripelli will introduce new research about peace discourses focussing on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. This new research shows how interactive discourse analysis can be practiced online, by taking Twitter as an example. Findings will reveal that apparently “new” discourses justifying a rejection of peace are reinforced by the polarising dynamics of the web.
2.05 pm – Dr Ben Harbisher
Nudge: Behavioural Science, Normative Discourse, and the Art of Consent
This paper examines the use of Behavioural Science (or Nudge theory as it is conventionally known) as a strategy used by the British Government to justify the first national lockdown in the UK, and mitigate the spread of infections at the peak of the 2020 pandemic. As a disciplinary technique, nudges helped establish a series of political narratives that were used to dominate popular discourse throughout the crisis.