Minorities at Issue: Media and the Agenda Building of Symbolic Conflicts

Abstract

How do Refugees, Migrants, Muslims, Black People, Women, Homosexuals become source and object of media controversy? Due to processes as immigration, integration and emancipation of social groups, this question has taken on a crucial role. Societies are becoming increasingly diverse and must accommodate the most different value systems and life styles. The process of making from all these elements a whole - often called as integration - has been serving as a fruitful source for the media agenda, which in turn is made up of conflicts. The targeting of minorities as conflict sources through and in the media has been nurturing social desintegration and unleashing more conflicts, as in the case of hate speech. This project aims to analyze how a media agenda surrounding minorities is built and which results this brings: Who is targeting, who is targeted? How? Which media operational biases are leading to that and with which effect? Do such representations fit to the situation outsides the media? Does reality play any role in the media coverage on minority issues at all?

Financing

Own funds

Lectures

Lectures

  • 11/01/2019 , Paris
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    What does “Hate Speech” in German-speaking countries mean?
    Hate Speech in Asia and Europe: A Comparative Approach
  • 19/11/2018 , Linz
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Hate Speech: Viel mehr als böse Wörter
    Hass im Netz - Grenzen digitaler Freiheit. Tagung des Instituts für Legal Gender Studies der Johannes Kepler Universität
  • 16/11/2018 , Chemnitz
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Hate Speech und Soziale Medien: Motor der Eskalation? [Hate Speech and Social Media as Trigger]
    Alltagsrassismen – Empirische und theoretische Perspektiven
  • 24/05/2018 , Prague
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Plurality of voices in the era of uncivil societies political incivility and online misogyny in the case of Dilma Rousseff on Facebook
    ICA Pre-Conference Media and Governance in Latin America
  • 07/05/2018 , Klagenfurt
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Kommunikative Rationalität und Hate Speech. Diskursqualität als Legitimationsstrategie [Communicative Rationality and Hate Speech: Quality of Discourse as an Strategy of Legitimation]
    Habilitationsvortrag
  • 23/09/2017 , Wien
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Going viral with hate speech? The role of group derogatory messages in the agenda building of the 2016 Austrian presidential election campaign on facebook
    International symposium "Digital Media, Political Polarization and Challenges to Democracy"
  • 15/07/2017 , Lisbon
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Can one tackle negative representations of refugees in the media with positive ones? Lessons from Vienna‘s mayoral election on Facebook in the refugee crisis of 2015
    WAPOR 70th Annual Conference
  • 18/02/2017 , Brussels
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Common sense, the missing link of media and communication science
    ICA-Conference "Revitalizing Concepts in Mass Communications"
  • 09/02/2017 , Bremen
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Tackling hate speech with counter speech?
    International Conference Worlds of Contradiction
  • 12/01/2017 , Leeds
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Equal contents, unequal speakers? From hate postings to hate speech
    MECCSA Annual Conference
  • 29/07/2016 , Leicester
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Who is turning what into which problem? Refugees and local public concerns in the mayoral election in Vienna on facebook (2015)
    Annual conference of the International Association for Media Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • 25/07/2016 , Leeds
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Patterns of hate speech in Brazil: An overview of the current debate
    IAMCR Preconference "Media and Governance in Latin America"
  • 14/07/2016 , Liverpool
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    What and who is the problem? Refugees in the mayoral election in Vienna on facebook (2015)
    International Conference - Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
  • 19/11/2015 , Barcelona
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Derogatory contents against minorities: Risks and opportunities for public figures. The cases of James Watson and Oriana Fallaci
    Ecrea International Conference on "Communication, Development and Human Rights: social change and media flows"
  • 05/11/2015 , Wien
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Muslim voices in media controversies about islamophobia: How and how far does mainstream media afford diversity?
    5. Research Conference "Democracy and Islam", Working Group on Democracy
  • 01/07/2015 , Liverpool
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Hate speech in the Mainstream Press: Transforming conflict dynamics by different narratives
    Narrative of peace and conflict

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Sponholz, L. (2019). Vielmehr als Stereotype: Die mediale Diskriminierung von MigrantInnen [Much More than Stereotypes: The Media Discrimination of Migrants]. In Wolfgang M. Müller (Ed.), Migration und Diskriminierung. Luzern: Schwabe.
  • Sponholz, L. (2019). Die (Deutungs-) Macht des Öffentlichen. Wie Medien Leitideen und Geltungsansprüche durchsetzen [The Power of Definition of the Public Sphere: How Media establish Guiding Lines and Validity Claims]. In D. Bertel, Himmelsbach, J., & Metzler, B. (Eds.), Die Deutungsmacht des Öffentlichen. Wien: danzig & unfried.
  • Sponholz, L. (2016). Als der Sommer zu Ende ging: Die Flüchtlingsdebatte im Wiener Wahlkampf auf Facebook [As summer came to an end: The refugee issue in Vienna’s mayoral election campaign on facebook]. Sws-Rundschau, 16, 371-398.
  • Sponholz, L. (2016). Islamophobic hate speech: What is the point of counter-speech? The case of Oriana Fallaci and the rage and the pride. Journal Of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36, 502-522.
  • Sponholz, L. (2015). Religion als medialer Konfliktstoff: Der Islam in den Polemiken von Thilo Sarrazin und Oriana Fallaci [Religion as a conflict source: Islam in the controversies surrounding Thilo Sarrazin and Oriana Fallaci]. In C. Bultmann & Linkenbach, A. (Eds.), Religionen übersetzen: Klischees und Vorurteile im Religionsdiskurs (pp. 117-138). Münster: Aschendorff.

Research Papers

Research Papers

  • Sponholz, L. (2015). Hate speech in the mainstream press: Transforming conflict dynamics by different narratives. Narrative of peace and conflict. Retrieved from http://tutu.hope.ac.uk/media/liverpoolhope/contentassets/documents/archbishopdesmondtutucentre/media,49510,en.pdf

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Sponholz, L. (2018). Weil ich ein Mädchen bin: Formen und Folgen von geschlechterbezogenem Hate Speech [Just because I am a girl: Forms and Effects of Gendered Hate Speech]. Betrifft Mädchen (Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Mädchenarbeit In Nrw E.v).
  • Sponholz, L. (2016). Hate Speech: Viel mehr als böse Wörter [Hate speech. Much more than bad words]. European Journalism Observatory. Retrieved from http://de.ejo-online.eu/digitales/hate-speech-viel-mehr-als-boese-woerter
  • Sponholz, L. (2016). Hate Speech: Viel mehr als böse Wörter. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from http://derstandard.at/2000045336421/Hate-Speech-Viel-mehr-als-boese-Woerter?_blogGroup=1
  • Sponholz, L. (2016). Hate Speech. Texte: Öffentlich-Rechtliche Qualität Im Diskurs, 16, 24-27.

Popular Talks

Popular Talks

  • 28/11/2018 , Wien
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Hass im Netz [Cyberhate]
    COMMIT-Veranstaltung
  • 05/09/2018 , Wien
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Wie Hate Speech die Menschenrechte in Frage stellt
    8. Wiener Seminar für Mitarbeiter/innen der Österreich-Bibliotheken
  • 27/06/2018 , Wien
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Wie Hate Speech die Menschenrechte in Frage stellt
    8. Wiener Seminar für Mitarbeiter/innen der Österreich-Bibliotheken
  • 03/05/2018 , Wien
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Hate Speech in den Massenmedien [Hate Speech in the Mass Media]
    Buchpräsentation "Hate Speech in den Massenmedien
  • 30/11/2017 , Villach
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Hate Speech: verstehen, erkennen, handeln [Hate Speech: understanding, identifying, countering]
    Kärntner Migrationsgespräche
  • 30/11/2017 , Villach
    Liriam Sponholz: 
    Wie Hate Speech Gesellschaften desintegriert [How Hate Speech Triggers Social Disintegration]
    Kärntner Migrationsgespräche