Orbicom International Congress and Meeting "Health crisis and communication crisis in the Covid-19 era"

The Unesco Chair for Communication Research at the Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain, invites members of the International Network of Unesco Chairs in Communication (ORBICOM) to International Congress "Health crisis and communication crisis in the Covid-19 era".

The event will be held virtually, Wednesdays 3, Thursday 4 and friday 5 November 2021.

In the midst of the pandemic that we are experiencing, we believe that it is necessary reflect on the communication processes generated around the health crisis, the phenomena of misinformation and false news that we experience every day, difficulties in the dynamics of consensus in public opinion and institutional and ethical challenges to manage information today.

Aspects to be discussed at the event may include, but not exclusively:

  • Knowledge and experiences on the value of communication research for dialogue in societies in crisis.
  • Understanding the evolution of disinformation and fake news processes amid the Covid-19 health crisis.
  • UNESCO contributions and initiatives by communication professionals to manage information amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent activities of the Chair


This invitation comes from Philippe Viallon, holder of the UNESCO chair "Journalistic and media practices: between globalization and cultural diversity". This is a call for contributions to the magazine "Digital Notebooks" about the topic "Changes in information (mutations) in times of global health crisis".

Submission deadline: 15 October 2021

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The tenth World Media and Information Literacy Week (ONE THOUSAND) will commemorate the 24 to 31 October 2021 and will be hosted by South Africa. The highlights of Global MIL Week 2020 will include the eleventh Intercultural Dialogue Conference and MIL and the sixth Youth Agenda Forum.

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This series will explore and complicate interrelated notions of "local" and "global" by integrating global dependency thinking, world system theory and local theory, base, interpretative, participatory and research on social change. In the current world state, globalization and localization are seen as interrelated processes and this marks a radical shift in thinking about change and development. Could integrate macro and micro theory. It also marks the emergence of a new range of problems.

One of the central problems is that the link between the global and the local is not always clear. The debates in the general field of international and intercultural communication have been modified and expanded. They have changed in the sense that they now focus on issues related to "global culture", the "local culture", the "(pos) modernity" and the "multiculturalism" instead of your earlier concern about "modernization", the "synchronization" and "Cultural imperialism." With these new discussions, debates have also shifted from an emphasis on homogeneity to an emphasis on differences.

With this shift towards differences and localities, Interest in the link between the global and the local and in how the global is perceived locally is also growing.. This series invites manuscripts that address the above changes, either from a global or local perspective.

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The Danish Ambassador to UNESCO, Carsten Staur, met with the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, to discuss Denmark's collaboration with UNESCO and the strengthening of the organization's work in the field of journalists' safety, particularly, in Africa and the Arab Region.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated, access to information has the potential to save lives. This health crisis highlighted how media and information literacy can cope with sudden increases in misinformation.. Highlighted, in addition, the importance of making reliable information available in multiple languages, including indigenous languages. He also highlighted that immediate action must be taken for those most in need., including people with disabilities.

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False information and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the response to it are virulent and harmful, and have life-threatening consequences for people and communities around the world. False information about the pandemic, amplified online and via social media, build on these theories and reinforce existing prejudices and ignorance, undermining trust in science and exacerbating hate speech.

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