Workshop Announcement: Democratic Self-Government in the New Public Sphere

6-7th December 2019 | University of Stirling, Stirling Court Hotel

This event is hosted by the AHRC-funded project Norms for the New Public Sphere, which brings together academic philosophers with media scholars, activists and professionals in order to investigate the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for the public sphere. This second workshop will focus on  the self-governance norms that can enable a democratic public sphere to flourish.

Programme

Friday 6th December (Callandar/Dollar Room)

13.30 – 14.50 Simone Chambers (University of California, Irvine: Political Science)
“Is Fake News Destroying the Public Sphere?”

14.50 – 15.10 Coffee break

15.10 – 16.30 Gavin Phillipson (Bristol, Law)
“Regulating the New Public Sphere”

Saturday 7th December (Lomond Room)

9.50 – 11.10 Natalie Fenton (Goldsmith’s, Media Studies)
“Reclaiming Media, Power and Politics for Progressive Ends”

11.10 – 11.20 Coffee break

11.20 – 13.00 Tom Simpson (Oxford, Philosophy and Public Policy)
“The Political Implications of Interpersonal Trusting Relationships”

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.20 Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt, Philosophy)
“Is Democracy the Problem?”

15.20 – 15.30 coffee break

15.30 – 16.00  Roundtable reflections on democracy in the new public sphere

Places are limited, so please register in advance if you wish to attend. To register, or for further information (including accessibility information), please contact Natalie Alana Ashton: nataliealanaashton@gmail.com.

Workshop Announcement: Epistemic Norms for the New Public Sphere

19 September 2019 | University of Warwick, Occulus Building Room 1.09

This event is hosted by the AHRC-funded project Norms for the New Public Sphere, which brings together academic philosophers with media scholars, activists and professionals in order to investigate the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for the public sphere. This first workshop will focus on  the epistemic norms that can enable a public sphere to flourish.

Programme

9:30 am Coffee / Tea

10 – 11:15: Alessandra Tanesini, Cardiff
Bellicose Debates: Arrogant and Liberatory Anger On and Off-line

11:15 – 12:30: Jennifer Lackey, Northwestern
Echo Chambers, Fake News, and Social Epistemology

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:45: Quassim Cassam, Warwick
Post-Truth, Lies, and Strategic Bullshit

2:45 – 3:00: Coffee / Tea

3 – 4:15: Alex Worsnip, UNC Chapel Hill
Deference and Democratic Citizenship

4:15 – 5:30: Michael Hannon, Nottingham
Political Disagreement or Partisan Badmouthing?

Places are limited, so please register in advance if you wish to attend. To register, or for further information (including accessibility information), please contact Natalie Alana Ashton: nataliealanaashton@gmail.com.

Project Launch Event

23rd May | Stanley Building, London

This discussion even and reception brought together academic, media and regulatory professionals to launch a major new project: Norms for the New Public Sphere, funded by the Arts& Humanities Research Council.

4pm Introductions

4.15pm Jonathan Heawood (IMPRESS and Senior Research Fellow for the project)
Norms for the New Public Sphere: Thinking About Media Regulation

4.30pm Rae Langton (Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, Cambridge)
Philosophy and the Shape of the Modern Public Sphere

4.45pm Open Discussion: Positions, Proposals and Problems, chaired by Rowan Cruft and Fabienne Peter

5.30pm Drinks reception

6.15 pm Rowan Cruft reports on discussions

6.30pm Close

Workshop with Doteveryone

This workshop was held in collaboration with project partners Doteveryone at their offices in Somerset House, London.

10am Introductory Roundtable

10.20am
The Idea of a Democratic Public Sphere of Equal, Diverse Deliberators: The ‘Norms for the New Public Sphere’ Project and Its Role
(Rowan Cruft, Jonathan Heawood, Fabienne Peter)

11.20am Break

11.40am
Equality and Diversity of Participation in Practice (Samantha Asumadu)
Non-elite Voices and Media Regulation (John Steel)

12.40pm Lunch

1.45pm
Regulating for Responsible Technology (Catherine Miller)
Political Openings For Current Media Policymaking (Damian Tambini)

2.45pm Break

3pm
State Boundaries and a Global Democratic Public Sphere? (Georgia Popplewell)
States and Propaganda (Idrees Ahmad)

4.15pm Concluding Discussion