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Guwahati to host conference on "Re-inventing Nationalism, Secularism and Plurality: Media Discourses and Deconstruction"
Of late, quite a few conferences are being held on journalism and media since they are shaping the behaviour of common people in a big way. Even political parties are manipulating the media for propagating aggressively extreme ideologies.

Keeping this view, Gauhati University in collaboration with Mizoram Central University is going to host an international seminar on "Re-inventing Nationalism, Secularism and Plurality: Media Discourses and Deconstruction" on November 11 and 12 in Guwahati.

The event coordinated by the Department of Communication and Journalism of Gauhati University is meant to commemorate the golden jubilee of media education in the Northeast.

The concept note of conference states, "We often describe India as a nation of diversity, be it religion, ethnicity, culture or language. Naturally such diversity has also prompted sub-nationalist tendencies, leading to political conflicts or otherwise...The question of religion dominating the political discourses is not a new phenomenon, but its aggressive promotion in techno times is surprising."

According to event organizers, recent discourse on nationalism in India has prompted an endless debate in the public sphere, in which the media have also taken their strategic positions. In such a scenario, the conference will discuss issues such as: Does nationalism affect the plurality of the society and also the media freedom? Is nationalism one-dimensional? Whether the media and/or public discourses deliberately ignore the subaltern views? In a mediated society, the power of media cannot be ignored.

"Possible the media can also become hegemonic. The media discourse on nationalism vis-a-vis corporate objectives will have to be deconstructed in public sphere, for educating the media consumers on the need for democratic plurality in the country," adds the concept note.

There are 12 sub-themes of the conference on which papers will be read along with the technical sessions, which are:  Nationalism and Mediated inflections; Secularism vs. Nationalism: Media Deconstruction; Media Discourse of Ethnic Identities and Conflicts; Media, Political Hegemony and Plurality; Media, Violence and Exclusivity: The Indian Dystopia; Media vs. Religion: Is It Aberrant Decoding? ; Mediated Democracy vs. Entertainment; Homogenization of Ideology during Media Times; Technology and Political Marginalization: Indian Contours; Contra-postures of Media vis-à-vis Judicial Supra-authority in India;  Media Literacy and national paradigm; and Communication for Development: Democratic Decentralisation of media.

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