Speakers confirmed for WikiLeaks Special Session at 2011 IAMCR Conference

Back in February I posted that plans were afoot to hold a Special Session on WikiLeaks at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Since then, two Special Sessions have come together which will run back to back on July 15th in Istanbul,Turkey

My involvement has been in helping to organise what will be the first session: “Lessons from/for WikiLeaks: Perspectives from Media and Communications”.  The rationale driving the panel may be read here and was developed by leaders of the Community Communication Section and Global Media Policy Working Group, along with cooperation from Ibrahim Saleh of the Journalism Section and the IAMCR Secretariat.

The 90 minute session will consists of talks from 4 speakers who will each speak for 8 minutes and 3 remote Skype interventions of 5 minutes each. We have intentionally structured this session to have ample time for discussion and debate between the panellists and field questions from audience members.

The speakers for the session are as follows:

Special Session: Lessons from/for WikiLeaks | Perspectives from Media and Communications


1) Bart Cammaerts ,London School of Economics, UK  |  “WikiLeaks as information and communication resistance”

2) Hopeton S. Dunn, University of the West Indies, Jamaica |  “Something Old, Something New…” : Marrying New and Old Approaches to Political Exposure in theCaribbean- A Wikileaks Case Study”

3) Lisa Lynch, Concordia University, Canada | “The Neverending Story: WikiLeaks and Media Futures”

4) Ibrahim Saleh, University of Cape Town, South Africa | “Weak Ties: Big Changes: WikiLeaks inNorth Africa& theMiddle East (MENA)”


With remote/Skype Interventions from:

1) Greg Mitchell,  The Nation | Title: “Enemy at the Gates? The Major Media and WikiLeaks”

2) Gabriella Coleman, New York University,USA | Title: “The Politics of Hacking in the Age of Information”

3) Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Producer/Host “The Stream”, Al Jazeera | Title: “WikiLeaks, Journalism and the Arab Spring”


Chair: Patrick McCurdy,  Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Biographies of Panelists

Dr. Bart Cammaerts is senior lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research examines multi-stakeholder policy processes, media strategies of activists, alternative media and issues regarding power, resistance and public-ness and has published in these areas. Bart Cammaerts chairs the Communication and Democracy Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and is vice-chair of the Communication technology Policy section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Professor Hopeton Dunn is the Director of the Caribbean Programme in Telecommunications Policy and Technology Management (TPM)  at the Mona School of Business, University of theWest Indies, inJamaica, where he holds the Digicel Foundation Chair in Telecoms Policy and Management. Dr. Dunn is also the current Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and acting Secretary-General of the IAMCR. He is a former Chairman of Jamaica’s Telecommunications Advisory Council (JTAC), which provided advice to the Jamaican government during the country’s transition from a monopoly to a multiplayer market in telecom services. He currently serves as a member of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, and a long-standing board member of the National Library of Jamaica.

Dr. Gabriella Coleman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. Her research and teaching centres on the politics of hacking and digital activism. Her book, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Pleasures of Hacking, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press.

Dr. Lisa Lynch works broadly at the intersection between culture, technology, and political change, publishing, presenting and teaching her research in the fields of new media, the cultural reception of genetics, science fiction, disaster narratives, visual culture and humanrights. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Literature and Medicine and New Literary Historyto Open Democracy and The Arab Studies Journal. She is currently at work on a book project on the ever-increasing boundary skirmishes between traditional, institutional sites of facticity and newer, contingent sites of authority

Greg Mitchell served as editor of Editor & Publisher, the “bible” of the newspaper industry in theU.S., from 2002 to 2009.  He has written for The Nation since 2010, and began a popular daily blog on WikiLeaks that November.  He is the author of eleven books, most recently “The Age of WikiLeaks” and “Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences.” Among his other books are “HiroshimainAmerica” (with Robert Jay Lifton) and “So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits, and the President, Failed onIraq.”  He lives in theNew York Cityarea.

Dr. Ibrahim Saleh is Convenor of Political Communication at the Centre for Film and Media Studies,University of Cape Town,South Africa, a Fulbright scholar, a senior media expert on theMiddle Eastand North Africa (MENA), and an indexed scholar in the Media Sustainability Index (MSI). Saleh’s research includes monographs and anthologies with most of his research in indexed publications. Saleh’s third book was published in 2006: Prior to the Eruption of the Grapes of Wrath in theMiddle East: The Necessity of Communicating Instead of Clashing. Saleh has received several international prizes such as the Carnegie Research Award (2010), Fulbright Certificate of Merit (2009), the World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) in 2007, and the Arab-US Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE) in 2005 and 2006. Saleh chairs the Journalism Research and Education Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is a journalist and currently produces and co-hosts “The Stream” ­ a new web community with a daily TV show on Al Jazeera English that taps into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news. Before joining Al Jazeera English he worked as a reporter and producer for The Doha Film Institute, PBS’s award-winning documentary series Wide Angle, and The New York Times. He has also worked as a freelance reporter inNew York,Beirut,Dubai,Kuwait,DohaandAmman. Soon after graduating with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Ahmed began teaching New Media courses as an Adjunct Professor, including The Bronx Beat and New Media Skills. In 2008, his Masters Thesis earned him a Webby Award for “Defining Middle Ground: The Next Generation of Muslim New Yorkers”.  His work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Frontline/World online, TimeOut, and Washington Week. He also served as a new media mentor on News 21, a collaboration of 12 journalism schools experimenting with forms of in-depth investigative reporting aboutAmerica’s changing social fabric.



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2 responses to “Speakers confirmed for WikiLeaks Special Session at 2011 IAMCR Conference

  1. griffithinsider

    Am writing a thesis on Public Trust in WikiLeaks, the Media and the Government and need to know what your opinions are. The online survey is multiple choice and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link: http://www.kwiksurveys.com/?s=ILLLML_9669e09d Please encourage others to do the survey also.

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