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Symposium: The Role and the Self Image of the Satirist in the Modern World

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St Bride Foundation

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EC4Y 8EQ

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A one-day symposium convened by doctoral researchers Imen Neffati, Stephanie Williams, Allis Moss, from the Beyond Charlie, Anticlericalism and Freedom of the Press network.

The event will take place on Wednesday 6 June 2018, at the St Bride Foundation , in Fleet Street, London.

The symposium warmly invites contributions from practitioners, journalists, political cartoonists, editors, artists, writers and academics.

The symposium will be structured as a round table discussing the ways in which artists, journalists and cartoonists defined their role in the press and used satire to articulate their politics, commitment to freedom of speech, and sense of self.

Between 1900 and 2015 journalism has transformed from a loosely defined and organised group of intellectuals who published their opinions on current events and contemporary culture to a highly specialised institution charged with providing the public with information and a critical view of the official authorities. While the right to freedom of expression has been a constant value in journalism since its inception in the eighteenth century, varies regimes of censorship and the influence of public opinion have complicated this right. The role of the satirist who provokes ridicule and introspection has also developed over this period to become more selfconsciously identified as a form of journalism. The provocative nature of satire often leads to ethical debates as to the right of satirists and journalists to set up themselves up as authorities and make outspoken comments?

This symposium provides an opportunity to explore the development of the artist’s role in journalism and to ask whether the artist perceives that role differently to journalists and the wider public. We will also use this symposium to ask questions about satire’s relevance to the modern world, the future of journalism, the impact of censorship, and the ethics of selfcensorship

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