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Expert Workshop on Media - Sweden
The second workshop of the Mercator Network took place on the 1st and 2nd of December 2009 in Eskilstuna, Sweden, led by the Mälardalen University. The purpose of the workshop was to contextualize the upcoming Mercator Network conference on multilingualism and media, to be carried out on 18th and 19th May 2010 in Aberystwyth, Wales.
Tuesday afternoon the partners had a network meeting and on the same evening there was a welcome session and opportunity for first informal meeting with some of the experts. On Wednesday along with the network partners, a group of renowned academics and experts on media and language joined the workshop, during which relevant topics for multilingual media production, as well as the specifics of media produced in minority languages were discussed. The workshop was arranged to coincide with the Erkänd3 (Recognize), a conference devoted to minority recognition in Sweden, and which also had media as the main topic, thus creating synergies between the various European experts and the local media producers, who were able to exchange experiences and information through the conference. There were in addition to scientific participants, both presenters and participants from media in several countries. These presentations concerned radio, television, educational broadcasting and new media.
The workshop with the expert group was followed by an expert seminar open to non-academic public. A handful of experts was discussing the following topics: TV/radio, new media/technology and youth/media, all with a connection to minority languages.
The topics that were discussed in the experts’ workshop were:
These topics were considered to be fundamental to be discussed in the following Mercator Conference in Aberystwyth, Wales, and were included in the Call for Papers prepared for the conference. The experts and academics invited to the workshop, as well as the local media producers and presenters were immediately interested in the upcoming conference and its conclusions.