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Chaire Francqui 2020-2021 - séance de clôture

Le Département de sciences politiques, sociales et de la communication vous invite à la séance de clôture de la Chaire Francqui 2020-2021 le 4 mai 2021 de 14h à 16h (via Teams)


Invité : Léo Van Audenhove, professeur à la VUB et titulaire de la Chaire Francqui 2021

Leo Van AudenhoveLeo Van Audenhove is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.  He is Head of the Department of Communication Studies and his is a member of the SMIT (Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology). He is also Director of Mediawijs, which is the Flemish Knowledge Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. His researches are focused on media literacy, data literacy and digital inclusion issues. In particular, he has been working on these issues for a few years in South Africa, where he also tackles gender issues in the digital world.





Abstract of the conference by Leo Van Audenhove

Media literacy is by many governments seen as a possible solution to handle the growing problems caused by the digital age. The individual user should be assisted to acquire the necessary skills and competences to function more autonomously in the digitalized society. This mission becomes more and more daunting as digitization and datafication processes penetrate all aspects of our social, economic and political lives.

This raises several questions. How do we integrate digitalization and datafication issues into the agenda of media literacy? How do we move media literacy from small scale initiatives into a much more systemic approach? How do we reach the vast amounts of adult users outside of formal education? But above all, what are the limits of media literacy?

All too often media literacy covers up the reluctance of governments to regulate digitalization and datafication processes.


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Programme des séances organisées dans le cadre de la Chaire Francqui

Le programme des séances proposées par le Pr. Leo Van Audenhove prévoit six rendez-vous (via Teams) :

  1. Theory on Media Literacy – Empowerment versus Protection 12/2/21
  2. Implementing Media Literacy - Mediawijs 19/2/21
  3. Data Literacy & the Databuzz 26/2/21
  4. Theories on Digital Inclusion 12/3/21
  5. Social Support for Digital Inclusion 19/3/21
  6. Digital Inclusion and Gender in South African Townships 26/3/21

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