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 Media@McGill Delegation attended the World Social Forum (www.fsm2015.org) in Tunisia to participate in various initiatives, including the World Forum of Free Media (www.fmml.net) and a preparatory meeting for an Internet Social Forum (ISF). You are invited to join us for a 4@6 on April 23rd to share food and drinks and hear short presentations on the activities of our delegation in the WSF and WFFM processes.
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7 p.m., Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, aka The Yes Men, are coming to McGill to give a free public lecture and screening of excerpts from their new film, The Yes Men Are Revolting, followed by Q&A.
The event takes place in Leacock 132, McGill University, 855 Sherbrooke West, Montreal.
Free and open to the public; no registration, no reserved seating. Spaces on a first come, first served basis.