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Lee Edwards gives the keynote for the Abrapcorp Congress in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

May 17th, 2017

Lee Edwards, Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, gives the opening keynote on Communication, Organisational Power and Democracy for the Abrapcorp Congress (the Brazilian Association for scholars in Organisational Communication and Public Relations) on 17 May 2017.


2016 was a year of extreme uncertainty, 2017 is a year of change. In the media, these circumstances are often framed as political challenges, but organisations of all kinds – not only political parties – are implicated in the societal upheavals we are seeing.

In this lecture, Edwards argues that organisational communication, whether from a corporation, a charity, an activist group or a political party, is always political and often politicised, since it represents an attempt to justify the distribution of resources in ways that serve particular interests and necessarily deprioritise others.

As such, it is inevitably implicated in the confrontations that mark the fragile socio-economic and political contexts of our time. Edwards explores the challenges of understanding and analysing the contribution made by organisational communication in these confrontations, and consider ways in which organisations might account for their actions in order to realise their potential as responsible social actors.

Edwards also delivered three workshops on Theoretical Paradigms of Public Relations, Critical Public Relations and Public Relations and Democracy for staff and students (pictured).

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