Children’s freedom of speech in the 21st century


Lecture by Kirsten Drotner, Professor of Media Studies at Univerist

The DigiChild Network is pleased to present an open lecture by Professor Kirsten Drotner on the topic of Children’s freedom of speech in the 21st century: Options and obstacles for child-centered media and information literaries

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) states children’s freedom to receive, shape and share information of their own choice. This basic right is currently being curtailed by a powerful cocktail of corporate platform providers, a panic industry and tech-focused education sectors. The presentation addresses contested issues surrounding children’s rights of information, situating these issues in relation to binaries of literacy definitions and drawing on examples from two recent research projects examining Danish children’s digital production processes.

Kirsten Drotner is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and director of two national R&D programmes DREAM and Our Museum. Her research interests include children’s media and information literacies, digital co-creation and creative learning, and digital museum communication. She has lectured and taught in more than 20 countries around the world, and she has been a research fellow and visiting professor in Canada, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA. She is (co-)author and (co)editor of more than 30 books and over 200 scholarly articles and book-chapters, most recently The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication (co-edited, 2018). She has served on a number of national and European research councils, committees and panels including being chair 2012-15 of the Humanities Scientific Committee at Science Europe. An elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Academia Europaea, the International Communication Association and recipient of the Association’s Applied Research Award, she is passionate about bringing research evidence to bear on policies and practices.

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