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South Africa and China as BRICS partners: Media perspectives on geopolitical shifts

30 April 2014
12:30 - 14:00


Speaker: Professor Herman Wasserman, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

Date: 30 April 2014

Time: 12H15 for 12h30  – 14H00   

The emergence of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) group of states as a new geopolitical power bloc has received substantial coverage in the media. South Africa’s inclusion in the group has been particularly controversial, and media attention tended to focus on the country’s relationship with China against the backdrop of the BRICS alignment. The media industry itself has also been a part of global movements of people and capital. This seminar seeks to establish how this relationship has been represented in the South African media, and to explore the attitudes of senior journalists and editors towards South Africa’s position within the changing global geopolitical landscape.


Herman Wasserman is currently Professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. As of July this year, he will be Professor of Media Studies in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town. He has published widely on media in post-apartheid South Africa, including the monograph Tabloid Journalism in South Africa: True Story! (Indiana University Press) and the edited collections Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa (Routledge) and Press Freedom in Africa: Comparative Perspectives (Routledge). He edits the journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies and sits on the editorial board of several other international journals.

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This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.  

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: