How do digital communication channels affect communication and diplomacy? Where and how do misunderstandings arise? Join us for a discussion on the topic with Dr Biljana Scott.
Implicit communication in the digital era
30 March 2017 | 16:00-17:30 CEST | WMO Building, De Mello Auditorium
The Internet is often seen as an accelerator of communication: messages can be sent and received instantly. Yet with brevity comes increased ambiguity. The dangers of miscommunication have come into sharper focus during recent political developments, including the use of Twitter by President Trump. This discussion session considers where misunderstandings are most likely to arise and what can be done to avoid them – or indeed, to capitalise upon them.
Biljana Scott was trained as a linguist (BA in Chinese, M.Phil and D.Phil in Linguistics, University of Oxford). She is a Senior Lecturer for DiploFoundation’s Language and Diplomacy online course, and an Associate of the China Centre at the University of Oxford, where she has taught for the last 25 years. All her research interests, both professional and personal, concern the way in which language influences the way we think about the world and act upon it. They include political rhetoric, public speaking, public diplomacy, photography and poetry.
Dr Scott runs workshops on Language and Diplomacy for a variety of clients, ranging from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (including the European External Action Service), Diplomatic Academies and Universities to the private sector.