Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the University of Bucharest, through the Interdisciplinary School of Doctoral Studies, organizes the conference “Media, religion and public space. Anthropological perspectives”. The university lecture will be sustained by professor Mihai Coman and will take place at 18:00 in “Ion Mihăilescu” Amphitheater in the new Rectorate of the University of Bucharest (Panduri Street, no.90).
Within the conference, professor Dr. Mihai Coman will propose a discussion about how the media carries out a religious construction of events (particularly politic events). Choosing a religious discourse and vision comes from the journalists’ interest to exercise ritual control (ritual mastery – C. Bell) regarding the complex process of defining events.
The ritualization of the journalistic work and the mythologization of events representation allow journalists to exercise and legitimize control over the construction processes of a certain version of the reality and allow them to become apostles of events – Dayan & Katz.
Mihai Coman is professor and founder of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences and of journalism and communication education in Romania. He published numerous books and pioneering studies on media anthropology and was a visiting professor at universities in Canada, France, Germany, USA.
The conference is organized within interdisciplinary research groups Mind, Language and Cognition and Complex Systems Disentanglement through Data Analysis.