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The Reinforcement of Narratives for Social Change: The Power of Art Through the Media

Barreto, R; (2019) The Reinforcement of Narratives for Social Change: The Power of Art Through the Media. In: Ćurčić, A and Jović, A and Milić, V, (eds.) Proceedings of the Third International Symposium of Students of English, Croatian and Italian Studies: Express the Repressed. (pp. pp. 4-15). University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Split, Croatia. Green open access

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Abstract

In a time when it is more imperative than ever to face the difference that exists among the peoples of the world in a constructive way, aiming to build bridges and allow everyone to be part of a fluid, dynamic and collaborative mass which shall constitute a solid global community, we state the resurgent tendency of the growth of oppressive movements and narratives. The counter-measures for that reality exist and are carried by and manifested through an increasing number of people who are conscient of their role and potential as global citizens, voicing their ideals in a strong and consistent way which is then recognised by a section of the world media, amplifying their range and, subsequently, their influence. This article aims to offer a transversal analysis of the importance of consolidating inclusive approaches and norms, as well as to justify why the movements, which sustain the looked-for change, with a primary focus on art, gain increased importance and potential when conveyed by the media. A varied set of literature, from academics such as Cristina Bicchieri, aiming to evidence the interconnection between the fields related to the present topic will be used to articulate the argumentative structure of the article. The Eurovision song contest will be presented as the main illustrative item, focusing on its multifaceted artistic expression which often carries implicit political meaning and is able to represent symbols of fight and freedom - with the help of progressist approaches by media networks, empowering the message and its range.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The Reinforcement of Narratives for Social Change: The Power of Art Through the Media
Event: Express the Repressed
Location: University of Split, Split, Croatia
Dates: 04 October 2018 - 06 October 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Art, Social change, Media, Music, Eurovision
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > Centre for Languages and Intl Educatn
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092402
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