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GLOCOL BANGKOK Seminar Series 2010 -- #1: "Journalism, Media Literacy, and Human Security"

2010-9-10 (Fri) - 2010-9-11 (Sat)

Invisible Reality in Thailand and the World

The information which we get from the media strongly affects our perspective of the world. In other words, it is important for us to consider reality as it is framed by the media, as well as how we consume information that is presented to us.

This seminar offers an opportunity to explore the concept of information, in both theory and practice, and is designed for those interested in journalism, and various forms of information gathering and presentation.

  • Venues: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok (10th) / Grand Millenium Sukhumvit Bangkok (11th)

Day 1: September 10, 2010, 10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.

This day’s sessions are presentations conducted by: an archivist and writer on Thai history, a journalist based in Thailand, and a researcher on the media with the focus on the gathering, presentation, and consumption of information.

  1. Opening address and seminar objectives -- Shingo Ishitaka, Assistant Professor, GLOCOL, Osaka University
  2. "Media in Crisis" -- Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Lecturer, Faculty of Communication, Chularongkorn University
  3. "A foreign correspondent’s perspective on the media in Thailand" -- Takeshi Fujitani, Senior South and Southeast Asia Correspondent, The Asahi Shimbun
  4. "History and preservation of information, oral and written, in Siam/Thailand" (in Thai, translation in English) -- Tonchai Likitpornsawan (owner of the publisher "Ton Chabap")
  5. Discussion

Day 2: September 11, 2010, 1:00 ~ 5:00 p.m.

Reporting on armed conflicts is known as war journalism, and while war journalism serves to paint a picture of the violence as it happens, it tends to perform poorly in exploring the background and history behind the conflict and the root causes. Such journalism leaves certain realities hidden from view. Peace journalism is an alternative to this type of reporting, in which the causes of conflict, as well as possible paths towards solving these causes and achieving peace are reported.

This session is a workshop in which participants play an active part in exploring the media’s handling of conflict, particularly the concept of peace journalism.

  • Sirichai Sirikaya, Associate Professor, Dean, Faculty of Mass-Communication, Siam University
  • Virgil Hawkins, Assistant Professor, GLOCOL, Osaka University


  • Thai-English interpretation will be provided.
  • Admission free. Prior registration required. 

For inquiries or to register, contact:
Tel: +66-2-661-7584
FAX: +66-2-661-7585

Date: 2010-9-10 (Fri) - 2010-9-11 (Sat)
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University
Sponsored: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok; Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University
Registration: Registration by email is required. Go to one of the email addresses above to register.

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