Free

2: The Global Promotion/Mediation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

De Montfort University

Clephan Building

Bonners Lane

Leicester

LE1 9BH

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description

Description


CFP - The Global Promotion and Mediation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Media Discourse Centre, De Montfort University

Keynote Speaker: Dr Sara Thornton, Leicester University

Afternoon Session: Sustainable Development Films made by Media students in Bali, 2019

Venue: the Guildhall, Leicester
250 Word Abstract and Bio are required by 19th July 2019 - send to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk: authors will be notified by the 26th July, and successful contributors will be asked to submit full papers by 30th August.

Original research generated from this phase of the conference will be considered for the second edition of the International Journal for Media Discourse (Link: http://www.ijmd.org.uk).

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force. The UN describes its Sustainable Development Goals as 'a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future'. Consisting of 17 inter-connected fields of activity, the UNSDGs are framed as a moral intervention, and couched in the language of development. It is this perspective - an apparently progressive commitment to justice combined with adherence to the expansion of the economy - that has encountered both support and some criticism from academic commentators. While Kopnina believed that the UNSDGs will lead to 'a greater spread of unsustainable production and consumption' (2015), the sheer scale of the UN's ambitions prompted Biermann et al (2017) to note that '[the Goals] collective success will depend on a number of institutional factors such as the extent to which states ... translate the global ambitions into national contexts'.

The SDGs address a number of 'stakeholders'- ranging from multinationals to Governments; NGO’s and of course are regarded as objectives that should apply to all citizens of the world. Over the next fifteen years, the UN intends to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that 'no one is left behind'. Three years into this programme, the conference examines the progress made in the fight to end poverty, to promote health, to develop sustainable smart cities, to prevent further climate change, to facilitate economic growth, to protect the oceans, and to end world hunger.

Conference themes include:

how the objectives above are communicated or promoted within 'developed' and especially 'developing' nations

the extent to which these goals being encouraged, measured, enacted or resisted

the local, autonomous, grassroots initiatives that may embrace or go beyond the framework set by the UN

the social, political, cultural and economic barriers to the successful attainment of the UNSDGs

the application of discourse/multi-modal approaches to the textual material produced within a material/symbolic environment

the representation of those groups identified as vulnerable and in need of support

the ways in which the rights of women, notions of gendered identity, descriptions of class location, and ideas about race/ethnicity are articulated (or not) within the UNSDGs

the use by state and corporate authority of discourses that attempt to reproduce the symbolic references employed by the UN

who, within the various DAC territories and within 'developed' nations, are presented as the main proponents, actors, or opponents of the UNSDGs

the relationship between the UNSDGs and the concept and practice of globalisation

the role of policing, surveillance, regimes of border-control, and other barriers and impediments to collective social action

the relationship between the Goals and the activity of social movements

how 'existential' and other threats are constituted through the language and images used in the SDGs

the media ecology/context of the call and the responses it creates

case studies covering the successes or failures of the initiatives

250 Word Abstract and Bio are required by 19th July 2019 - send to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk: authors will be notified by the 26th July, and successful contributors will be asked to submit full papers by 30th August. Original research generated from this phase of the conference will be considered for the second edition of the International Journal for Media Discourse (Link: http://www.ijmd.org.uk).


Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

De Montfort University

Clephan Building

Bonners Lane

Leicester

LE1 9BH

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved