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The ‘media arm’ of a global court: Cosmopolitanism and the International Criminal Court’s TV series on Kenya’s trials
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (NODE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4774-4643
2015 (English)In: Geomedia 2016: Spaces and mobilities in mediatized worlds, Karlstad: Karlstad university , 2015Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As a global body with a mission to deliver justice to humanity, the International Criminal Court (ICC) inspires an interesting discourse in cosmopolitanism studies. Arguably, it is the ICC that puts to effective practice moral cosmopolitanism (Pierik and Werner, 2010). Indeed, when the global court produces a TV series targeting local populations in Sub-Saharan Africa, it interestingly shifts the spotlight to an area that has taken an overtheoritical nature over the years—the relationship between the media and cosmopolitanism. Potentially illuminating empirical studies in this area have been few, Western-centric and limited to the paradigm of the reception of distant suffering. This paper empirically examines the influence of media texts on audiences. Inspired specifically by Ask the Court—a TV programme on YouTube on the trial of Kenya’s president, his deputy and a journalist over electoral violence in 2007-2008—this exploratory study questions whether the Hague-based court has a role in “cosmopolitanization” (Beck, 2006). Indeed, the questions guiding this research are: What are the manifestations of cosmopolitanism in the programme? Does the programme influence the audience to have a ‘cosmopolitan awareness’ of global justice? The results of the study are based on a textual analysis of a selection of Ask the Court episodes and a subsequent survey of a cross-section of audiences of the programme in Kenya.

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Karlstad: Karlstad university , 2015.
Keyword [en]
Media, cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitanization, International Criminal Court, Kenya
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37432OAI: diva2:845389
Geomedia conference: 'Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds', Karlstad, Sweden, 5-8 May 2015
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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