9.12.2014 Seminar on Central Asia

MEDIA, SECURITY AND CENTRAL ASIA

December 9th 2014, 8:30-12.00

 Seminar organized by The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA) project of the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, funded by the Academy of Finland

Place: Lecture Hall 115, University of Helsinki Language Center, Fabianinkatu 26, Ground floor. Coffee served at 8:30, seminar at 9:00-12:00

Seminar Programme

8:45 -9:00 OPENING OF THE SEMINAR

  • Researcher Hanna Smith, Aleksanteri Institute: Lessons learned from the Ukraine crisis: Information and Security

9:00-10:00 PANEL DISCUSSION I: MEDIA SYSTEMS AND TRANSFORMATION
Chair: Dr. Katja Lehtisaari, Aleksanteri Institute

  • Senior researcher Jukka Pietiläinen, Aleksanteri Institute: Comparing Media and Democratization in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Dean Galina Ibraeva, Kazakh National University Al-Farabi, Kazakhstan: Media Sphere of Kazakhstan in the World and Eurasian context
  • Dr. Vicken Cheterian, Webster University Geneva, Ideas and Tensions in Media Development in Central Asia.

10:00-10:10 BREAK

10:20-11:20 PANEL DISCUSSION II: JOURNALISTS, FREEDOM AND POLITICS
Chair: Dr. Katja Lehtisaari, Aleksanteri Institute

  • Ass. Professor Eric Freedman, Michigan State University, US: Obstacles to Journalism Professionalism and Press Freedom: The Post-Soviet Landscape in Central Asia
  • Director Botagoz Rakisheva, "Public Opinion" Research Institute, Kazakhstan: Impact of Media on Public Opinion in Kazakhstan
  • Dean Elira Turdubaeva, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan: Media and Political Participation in Kyrgyzstan

11:10-12:00 COMMENTARIES AND DISCUSSION:

  • Commentaries by Director of the Reasearch Unit, Ministry of Defence Juha Martelius
  • Closing discussion

Please register your participation by 2nd December, https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/55544/lomake.html