In The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (first published in 1962 and translated into English in 1989), Jürgen Habermas defined the modern public sphere as a realm of social life where public opinion takes shape. This realm constitutes around rational-critical deliberations between individuals who “come together as a public” as they debate on matters of general interest and common concern.
Media@McGill is a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture. Its membership is primarily composed of researchers attached to the Department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal. Media@McGill's Director is Professor Christine Ross.
The WSF in Montreal in August 2016
The International Council of the WSF enthusiastically welcomed the idea of holding a World Social Forum (WSF) in Quebec for 2016. The goal of the WSF 2016 is to gather tens of thousands of people from groups in civil society, organizations and social movements who want to build a sustainable and inclusive world, where every person and every people has its place and can make its voice heard.
Click here to learn more about the WSF in Montreal.
What is the WSF?
The World Charter of Free Media was adopted at the 4th World Forum on Free Media that took place in Tunis, Tunisia in March 2015. You can read the Charter here.
La Charte mondiale des medias libres a été adoptée au 4ieme Forum Mondial des Médias Libres qui s’est tenu à Tunis, Tunisie en mars 2015. Vous pouvez lire la charte ici.
Gretchen King, PhD student in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, was a member of the Media@McGill’s delegation to the World Social Forum Tunis this past March 24 to 28, 2015. Benefiting from the stimulating experience at the World Social Forum, she produced the three following audio reports. Click on the hyperlinks to listen.