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Inaugural lecture - Prof Katia Balabanova: ‘Nonsense upon stilts!’ Human rights and the media

5:30pm - 7:00pm / Wednesday 17th May 2023
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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School of the Arts Inaugural Lecture:
‘Nonsense upon stilts!’ Human rights and the media
Prof Katia Balabanova Inaugural lecture
Paul Brett Lecture Theatre - Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, University of Liverpool
17 May, 2023 - 5:30 pm

The debate over human rights in the public arena and via the media has historically produced more heat than light. This is perhaps never more so than in the current political climate where the heady mix of populism and social media, along with the provocative language of politicians, has placed human rights in the cross-hairs of tabloid journalists.
In this lecture, Professor Katia Balabanova will examine underlying assumptions around the role of media, and address some common myths and misconceptions characterising discussions of human rights. She will outline her most recent research on immigration and refugees in European media which has developed new analytical approaches to show how human rights norms are sustained or eroded. The talk will connect these findings with the current debate around the European Convention on Human Rights and the UK government’s proposed reforms in this area.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

All welcome!