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Orientalism, Occidentalism and Communication Research

Centre for Media and Communication Research (January 29, 2010)
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SEMINAR SERIES : Distinguished Lecture Series on Communication and Cultural Studies

MAJOR SPEAKER : Wang, Georgette
LENGTH : 100 min.
ACCESS : Open to all
SUMMARY : The purpose of this study is not to suggest the removal of Western influences nor to advocate the backwardness of the East, but to go beyond Orientalism, and examine the nature and characteristics of the Occidentalist discourse, the historical background that has contextualized its construction, and describe how a symbiotic relationship was formed between the way the non-West looked at the West and the way the non-West looked at itself. It is argued that a discussion of Occidentalism will provide the analytical framework necessary to a) map out the entangling root zone of the global knowledge structure and the problems with theorizing communication research outside of the mainstream West, e.g., the lack of original and critical thinking, and disassociation of research from its social and cultural context, and b) formulate solutions to the above problems. It is argued that for researchers in the periphery to come out of the shadow of Occidentalism, a Cultural Reconnaissance Movement is called for in order to reconnect their research with their cultural heritage, so their Self can be repositioned vis-a-vis its Others.  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]



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