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[eccr] Conference: Communication in the age of suspicion

Mon Dec 15 15:18:53 GMT 2003

>A Conference on Trust, Communication and Culture
>organised by Bournemouth University, February 20-21 2004
>Is trust still possible?
>Who in public life deserves our trust?
>Do emphases on accountability and audit erode trust?
>What public communications can we now believe?
>The problem of trust in the modern world has preoccupied theorists and
>researchers across many disciplines for some time. Many see a collapse of
>trust; others a climate of suspicion. Most agree that efforts to develop an
>inclusive and democratic culture are hampered by a weakness of trust:
>people do not believe many of the messages they receive as citizens and
>consumers. The lack of trust in political messages is seen as a major cause
>of disengagement from politics, while many commercial organisations
>struggle to retain any degree of public belief in their probity. As
>political parties and corporations seek to restore trust by managing their
>communications more intensively, so mistrust intensifies. Corporate
>behaviours and political events (e.g. recent accounting scandals, and
>currently the debate about why we went to war in Iraq) repeatedly bring to
>centre stage the issue of trust in leaders. Public information communicated
>by scientists, doctors and other professionals is also contested.
>This conference organised by the Centre for Public Communication Research
>at Bournemouth University will bring together a range of perspectives on
>this issue, with a focus on the role of communications - especially managed
>communications - in enhancing or eroding credibility, authority and trust.
>Amongst the topics to be addressed (in papers by researchers from the UK,
>US, Australia, China and East Europe) will be environmental risk; health
>scares; authenticity, emotion and trust; the mass mediation of suspicion;
>public relations; trust and marketing; public life and political
>legitimacy. Speakers will include Chas Critcher, Bob Franklin, Nicholas
>Jones and Barry Richards. A keynote address will be given by Profs. Gary
>Gumpert and Susan Drucker of New York. There will be a panel of MPs and
>Parliamentary candidates, a conference artist, and a session on the UK
>Youth Parliament.
>a) visit the Centre for Public Communication Research website
>and click on the Conference button.
>b) telephone  +44 (0) 1202 595751
>c) e-mail (cpcr /at/

Carpentier Nico (Phd)
Katholieke Universiteit Brussel - Catholic University of Brussels
Vrijheidslaan 17 - B-1081 Brussel - Belgium
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Office: 4/0/18
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Media Sociology (CeMeSO)
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E-mail: (Nico.Carpentier /at/

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