The role political and economic powers play in shaping media discourses from viewpoints of religion, ideology and control in the Middle East will be the topic of the Hamrin Conference on International Coverage of the Middle East, Oct 2-3 at Jönköping University, Sweden.

An extraordinary group of media executives, newspaper editors, media scholars will gather to discuss how conflicts are depicted, how the region’s peoples see themselves and how the rest of the world sees them. Among the speakers will be

Jon Williams, World Editor for Newsgathering at the BBC
Tony Burman, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English
Prof. Greg Philo from the Glasgow Media Group at University of Glasgow
Prof. John Maxwell Hamilton, Louisiana State University

The conference will also feature a discussion of how the region is portrayed in the Swedish media by representatives of SVT, Dagens Nyheter, the Church of Sweden, the Jewish Council of Sweden, and the Muslim Council of Sweden. Confirmed speakers include

Lars Boström from Dagens Nyheter
Lisa Abramowicz from the Jewish Council
Abdirizak Webiri from the Muslim Council

The conference is open to the press, media practitioners, and members of the public.

Participation in the conference is free of charge but if you would like to attend the meals you will need to register. To receive a registration form please contact Barbara Eklöf:
barbara.eklof@ihh.hj.se

Leon Barkho, Assistant Professor of Media and Communication
Jönköping International Business School
Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC)
Jönköping University
E-mail: leon.barkho@ihh.hj.se
Phone +46 36-10 10 00