International Lecture Series The New World Order
The department of Media Studies, Kristu Jayanti college organized a virtual International Lecture Series on “The New Global Order” on April 16, 2021. Mr. Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia Wilson Center, Washington, USA was the keynote speaker.
Speaking on how the global order has changed during the course of the pandemic, Mr Kugelman said, “there was anxiety as well as great hope among people across the world to unite and fight against Covid 19 pandemic. But the initial cooperation and unity didn’t last long. Instead, it has resulted in creating instability in international relations”. He further added that the lack of collaborative effort, divisive and toxic nationalism created a vacuum for global leadership.
A specialist on Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan and their relations with the United States, Mr Kugelman spoke about how South Asia repositioned itself during the pandemic. He said that geographically South Asia is central to the world. South Asian countries has much to offer the rest of the world through its dynamic human resource¬. “Large youth population and growing middle class can contribute significantly to global economy”, said Mr. Kugelman. He also highlighted the issues dominating in South Asia and said, “disputes between India and Pakistan have paralysed South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). China’s growing influence in the region, its territorial provocation, Belt and Road Initiative and ‘wolf warrior diplomacy have further aggravated the tensions in the region”.
Speaking on India’s role in the changing world order, Mr. Kugelman said, “India should position itself as a ‘soft power’ rather than a ‘hard power’. It had taken the world’s center stage by playing a significant role in distributing pharmaceuticals and covid vaccines to various nations”. He concluded the session by speaking about the issues that could arise with the NATO nations military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The session was attended by over 150 students from various streams like media studies, political science, sociology and economics.
Prof. Frankie Edozien from New York University addressed the Journalism students
As part of the International lecture series organized by the postgraduate department of Journalism and Mass Communication Prof. Chike Frankie Edozien, addressed the students on January 16, 2019. He is a Journalist and Writer and currently serving as a faculty member of New York University. He is also known to be the first Nigerian to have written a non-fiction book on homosexuality, The Lives of Men, in 2018. He addressed the students on international reporting, focussing more on how developing nations of Asia and Africa are covered in global media. He explained that in the age of technology, the idea of what is local has changed and that it is now local is international. People from all over the world share similar experiences which enable them to connect over the internet.
He defined how the traditional western media look at developing nations and listed five criteria with regard to developing countries that make news – Death, Diseases, Disaster, Despair, and Corruption. He explained that this one-sided portrayal and whitewashing news, is leading to widespread misrepresentation and misconceptions about the countries. This has led to misleading ideas about the countries of Africa and the continent itself.
He elucidated on the need to change this and put the prerogative on the budding journalists to change this perception. This he believes can be done by laying down the importance of story-telling and changing the narrative of the developing nations. It is imperative to create one’s own narratives as journalists, so as to give a clear and truthful picture. He values above all, honest journalism, having compassion, giving the context and historical importance of matters of concern, looking into the nuances, the finer details which will make one’s work stand out and avoiding generalizations that lead to stereotypes.