Who created the Nation?

By Peter Bajomi-Lazar, March 2020. Being a proud member of a nation is now widely seen as a natural affinity. Media scholars, however, are more skeptic, and many of them would suggest that the ‘nation’ is just a social construction, or cultural convention, that has to a large degree been created and advanced by the media, often in association with the political elites who see it as a means to mobilise supporters.  Benedict Anderson calls the nation an “imagined community.” He argues that “the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.” What exactly is the role media have played in the establishment of this communion? Language is, of course, a main vehicle of national identity. But, as Asa Briggs and Peter Burke observe, hand-copied religious codices were still written in Latin, the lingua franca of the early Middle Ages, that allowed the peoples of the different geographic areas of Europe to communicate.…

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EU-CAB Tag 06.03.2020

Wir laden herzlich ein zum EU-CAB Tag am 6. März, 9:00 bis 16:00 Uhr. Hier gibt es für alle Interessierten Gelegenheit, das Projekt und seine Methoden kennenzulernen. Dazu wird Dr. Stefan Seidendorf vom Deutsch-Französischen Institut Ludwigsburg den Tag mit einem Vortrag zur Frage „Warum reden wir über Identität?“ bereichern. Wir bitten herzlich um Voranmeldung an ulrike.schneider@dhbw-karlsruhe.de Das Programm des Tages finden Sie hier:Herunterladen

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The Think Tank panel discussion in Porto

https://youtu.be/oysx8d1M_CE During our Study Programme in Porto, our wonderful colleague Cristina Rebelo from ISMAI organized a panel discussion on topics of Europe and European identity. Here is the video that documents the interesting viewpoints and commentaries of the speakers:- Professor Doctor Alexandra Neves – Vice-Rector of ISMAI-IU- Professor Doctor Angela Becker-  Coordinator of the EU-CAB  Project- Lieutenant Commander Mário Miguel Cortes Sanches (OF-3) - (videoconference)- Doctor Jaime Quesado, Economist and author of the book "MY Europe"- Doctor Luísa Verdelho Alves, Lawyer - European Law and European Integration Debate Moderator: Professor Doctor Cristina Tereza Rebelo

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The Project Status of Nov 2019

A summary of the project, dating November 2019, established by Prof. Dr. Angela Diehl-Becker for the Conference "InterScience - International Conference on Management and Social Sciences (ICMSS), Modern Management – Directions, Challenges and Changes", that took place on 29-30 November 2019 in Łódź (Poland). EU-CAB_article_UniLodz_final_3Herunterladen

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Video with ISP impressions and interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95NUjDtOHC0 About the framework of the project An interview with Prof. Dr. Angela Diehl-Becker, coordinator of the EU-CAB project, about the project's issues and design, and impressions of the Study Programmes in Cergy/Paris, Budapest, and Porto.

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How the Web Has Changed Our Lives

by Péter Bajomi-Lázár, Budapest Business School. A dual anniversary The year 2019 is a dual anniversary: ARPANET, the network designed to meet military and academic purposes was established 50 years ago, and the world wide web, allowing for the civil use of the network, was launched 30 years ago. How has the rise of the internet transformed our lives? What were the early predictions—and have they come true?  Innovations and their aftermath Accounts of the history of the media tell us that the inventors of new technology themselves were often unable to foresee the societal uses of their innovations. The telegraph, created by Samuel Morse and his colleagues, was originally to ease the transfer of information from one place to another (e.g., to let the next railway station know that the train would be late), yet the wireless has also contributed to the rise of the ‘news paradigm’ in journalism, focusing on facts and omitting comments, as correspondents had to pay for every single word transmitted. The photography invented by Nicéphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre was to allow…

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by Péter Bajomi-Lázár, Budapest Business School. What explains the persistence of partisan journalism in Central and Eastern Europe? During and after the political transformations of 1989–91, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe sought to Americanise, or Anglicise, their media systems. They made efforts to introduce public service media as modeled on the British Broadcasting Corporation; their broadcasting acts prescribed standards of neutrality and balance; and their freshly passed ethical codes prescribed objectivity as the main journalism standard to follow. Their efforts, however, have largely failed. In Hungary, “the one-party model of the press has not disappeared completely but has been transformed into a multi-party model that is still far away from the nonpartisan model of the press” (Lázár 1992). In the Czech Republic and in Slovakia, the failure of this concept of the press “is reflected in a lack of impartiality” (Školkay 2001). In Poland, most journalists continue to “represent partisan politician viewpoints” (Dobek-Ostrowska 2012). In the Baltic states, the media system “has not yet been fully separated from the existing political system” (Balčytiene, 2012, p. 62).…


Second ISP: Budapest

Just a few days to go before our second International Study Programme (ISP) from 24 to 28 June - this time we meet in Budapest, Hungary's beautiful capital city. The Budapest Business School, BBS will be our host. Budapesti Gazdasàgi Egyetem is a public university business school specialised in business studies and social sciences. Again, over 40 students and their teachers from six countries will participate and continue their work and research on European identities and behaviour. On the programme: lectures about contemporary Hungary, stereotype and predjudice in general, practical exercises in order to reflect on behaviour and train self-awareness, and of course several sessions of SYMLOG observation practice. These observations will be done in small mixed groups, focussing on both every-day and business behaviour. Time for analyses and report will conclude the intensive 5-days-programme.

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News from the 1st ISP in Cergy

So here we are! 41 students and 11 teachers from all six countries, learning and working together during the 5-days-ISP at the University of Cergy-Pontoise.  Wednesday 15th was a day of mere SYMLOG observation practice, a welcome change to the theoretical work of the first two days. In small groups, we observed the behaviour of persons in every-day (like mother-child) and business (like shop assistant-client) situations and took systematical (anonymous) notes. It is not quite easy in the beginning to keep the focus on smallest interactions, but this SYMLOG method can be quickly learned. On the picture: the group on the stairs under the “Grande Arche” in Paris La Défense.

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Just a few days to go before our First International Study Programme

All of us are in the last preliminaries for our first International Study Programme in Cergy-Pontoise / France next week. We are looking forward to a good and fruitful and very European week, bringing together 41 students and 11 teachers. Already, the German EU-CAB students have been testing the data analysis tool, ingeniously developed by our colleague Jamie Fins from Portugal. Big thanks to Jaime and to our brave guinea pigs! On the schedule for the week: lectures and workshops about various aspects of contemporary France, project presentations, and above all, the learning and application of the scientific methods, data input, analysis and report. Convivial evenings round up the programme. The ISPs are at the heart of the project, and we are eager to see how everything will work out.

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