The University of Tokyo

The UT-SNU-NCCU Symposium 2020 "Media, Communications, and Information in an Era of Global Crisis"

November 25, 2020

The UT-SNU-NCCU Symposium, entitled "Media, Communications, and Information in an Era of Global Crisis," took place on October 30th, 2020. This is a yearly event held every autumn co-hosted by three universities: the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo (UT), the Department of Communication at Seoul National University (SNU), and The College of Communication at National Chengchi University (NCCU). In the past, one of the three universities has invited faculty members and students from the other two universities to its own campus for the symposium, but this year's symposium was replaced by an online gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 38 participants from the three universities took part in the symposium enthusiastically sharing their ideas on research and experiences under the pandemic.

This year's symposium consisted of two main parts: student presentation sessions after the opening remarks delivered by Professor Noboru Koshizuka, Dean of the GSII, and a plenary session followed by the ending remarks made by Professor Shin Mizukoshi. The student presentation sessions in the former part included three sub-sessions titled respectively "Body and Pandemic", "Media, Journalism and Gender", and "Space, Technology and Policy."

The subsequent plenary session discussed various responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic along with other destabilizing factors in the current situation. Questions and general discussions were introduced by brief presentations given by teams of students from each university. The UT team shared the current situation of the university under COVID-19, especially focusing on knowledge production and transfer, new communication tools used in the university, and international students' lives under the pandemic. The presentation given by the SNU team covered the recent diffusion of fake news on health related to the pandemic by introducing the case of the 8.15 rally in South Korea. Lastly, the NCCU team presented how political figures in various countries have associated their political agenda with the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 to gain hegemony.


Text: LEE Minjoo (Project Assistant professor)
Proofreading: David Buist (Project senior specialist)


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