Building peace in the minds of men and women

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018

Feature Conference

The Feature Conference of Global MIL Week 2018 is the 8th Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference. It will be held in Lithuania under the same theme as the Global MIL Week 2018 from 24 to 25 October 2018, at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

For all participants who will register to attend both  the Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum - the transportation from Kaunas to Riga and back will be organized and covered by the organizers of the event.

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The Global MIL Week 2018 Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum are co-organized by UNESCO, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and University of Latvia (Latvia). The two universities are both members of the UNESCO-UNAOC UNITWIN Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network.


The feature conference will explore how stakeholders interpret ways of educating citizens in MIL in all types of environments. It will focus on the global status of research and practice about the significance of MIL as a way to transform present and future information and learning environments. The aim is to build more bridges between learning outside of the classroom and learning inside the classroom. In addition, the conference will contribute to making learning a process of social change, which fosters human rights online and offline and which constructs a new citizenship identity based on critical civic participation and intercultural dialogue.

Feature Conference Host

The Department of Public Communications of Vytautas Magnus University will host the Feature Conference. 

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) has developed a strong profile in academic research and outreach activities since its re-establishment in 1989. VMU is the only higher education institution in the country and one of the few in the region, where a wide liberal arts education is imparted. Acclaimed for its international cooperation, VMU is networking with universities, academics and other partners around the world.

The Department of Public Communications at VMU has a 20-year-long history of advancing media and communication research and journalism studies. Its reputation runs on strong academic capacity and rich experience in research, education, training and evidence-based policy-making. The department is known for its networking activities relating to MIL and has established close working connections with other departments and institutions nationally and internationally. 


Plenary Session 1: MIL relevant industries as change makers for MIL cities (communication agencies, media outlets, technological intermediaries, film industries, gaming sector, content industries, etc.)
Carl Heath  Ghita Berrada  Irene Andriopoulou  Jude Abugu  Ronan Costello

Special Session: Revitalizing city libraries, museums, and archives through creative MIL actions
Aleisa Fishman  Anne Heinonen  Barbara McCormack  Viorica Palamarciuc

Parallel Session 1a: Defining identities, privacy management, crime and cyberbullying in the (dis)connecting digital universe
Ayodeji Olonode  Hajime Hasegawa  Linus Andersson  Malak Oussidhoum  Natalija Ignatova

Parallel Session 1b: MIL in the context of trust in media, algorithm, and automation in journalism and media production
Harry Browne  Laura Palsa

Parallel Session 1c: Better city governance: MIL, access to information, egovernance participation and learning
Cristina Lupu  Donata Bocullo  Hu Qiyuan  Jagtar Singh  Noah A. Barr  Wieslaw Godzic

Plenary Session 2: MIL empowering active engaged communities and participation in city elections
Elizabeth Milovidov  Lisa Jane de Gara

Parallel Session 2a: Youth, social media activism and social inclusion of migrants
Hemmo Bruinenberg  Musab Talha Akpinar

Parallel Session 2b: Evolution of peoples’ information needs throughout their lives in cities
Aralynn McMane  Katerina Chryssanthopoulou  Sheila Webber

Parallel Session 2c: Uniting power: Roles and responsibilities of key city actors in MIL (policymakers, educators, civil society organizations, academics)
Emmanuel Fecwa  Lisa Hinchliffe  Saara Salomaa  Tomas Duran Becerra

Plenary Session 3: Cultural and linguistic barriers to communication: Using MIL to bridge cultural industries with grassroots city life
Felipe Chibás Ortiz  Maiko Sawada  Nabihah Islam  Olunifesi Suraj

Plenary Session 4: MIL to build smart, secure, resilient, tolerant, and socially inclusive and sustainable development cities
Jessica Z. Brown and Paul Guzzardo  Maximo R Dominguez  Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco  Paulette Kerr  Supreet Karanjit Singh

Parallel Session 3a: MIL as “stoplights” in cities: Meaning-making in entertainment
Fredrik Holmberg  Hussain Umar  Maryna Dorosh  Neha Hooda

Parallel Session 3b: Theorizing MIL cities with a people focus: Reflections on the Five Laws of MIL
Alexandre Le Voci Sayad  Amro Selim  Andréa Doyle  Masatoshi Hamada  Michelle Ciccone

Parallel Session 3c: MIL tackling hate, intolerance, exclusion, and radicalization
Milica Pesic  Youssef Ouenniche

Parallel Session 4a: Stimulating entrepreneurship in cities: capacity-building for future MIL cities including in the workplace
Bart Vetsuypens  Veronica Yarnykh

Parallel Session 4b: MIL partnerships for education at national level
Melda N. Yildiz  Mònica Duran Ruiz  Wallace Gichunge  Zachary McDowell

Parallel Session 4c: Imagining city transportation, healthcare systems, city planners etc. that stimulate MIL education
Agnaldo Arroio  Amina Alaoui Soulimani  Sara Haddou Amar  Sherri Hope Culver  Zheng Yunting

Parallel Session 4d: Enlisting MIL as a tool for gender equality and women’s empowerment
Ellinor Forje  Ma Hanrui

Plenary Session 5: Strengthening impact of digital environments with MIL in era of disinformation: Programming, artificial intelligence, surveillance, and virtual reality
Jun Sakamoto  Lesley Farmer  Viktor Denisenko