Speaker: Meghan Sanders
Affiliation: Louisiana State University, USA
Title: Building a Better and Just World Through Fictional Narratives
Abstract Scholarship in media psychology has significantly expanded to investigate the role entertainment media and experiences play in encouraging audiences to think more deeply, feel inspired, encourage prosocialness, and otherwise serve in the interest of social good. Fictional narratives are a significant cultural force in that they can articulate identities and values of a culture, but also serve as sites where these same values and identities are discussed and challenged. They can sometimes do a better job than news in getting us to think about the most pressing and serious issues facing communities, nations, and broader society. In this keynote, Sanders will discuss various theoretical frameworks that could help advance our understanding of the psychological mechanisms related to the effects of narratives focused on social justice and those that encourage increased social consciousness.
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