Defense by Anne Vestergaard Jørgensen

Distance and suffering Humanitarian discourse in the age of Mediatization

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 14:30 to 16:30

In order to obtain the PhD degree  


Anne Vestergaard Jørgensen


has submitted her PhD thesis

Distance and suffering

Humanitarian discourse in the age of Mediatization

Humanitarian organizations are key agents in establishing relations, symbolic as well as concrete, between Western publics and distant populations in need. The practices of these organizations thus have implications not only for the quality of the assistance they provide, but also for the conception of humanitarianism that they promote.

In terms of public support and organizational proficiency this could be argued to be the golden age of humanitarianism but, in fact, humanitarianism is widely argued to be in crisis. By analyzing the appeal material of Amnesty International, Save the Children and Red Cross from 1970 to today, the thesis explores the consequences of mediatization for the identity of humanitarian organizations and for the dispositions vis-à-vis distant sufferers that appeal discourses enable. Critical discourse analysis, mediation and mediatization theory provide the vantage point from which humanitarian organizations are viewed as born out of processes of mutual constitution between organizations, publics and media.

Time and place


Friday 24 June, 2011

14:30 - 16:30


Copenhagen Business School


Porcelænshaven 20

2000 Frederiksberg


Råvarebygningen, Room 1.20



After the defense OMS PhD School will host a small reception just outside room 1.20




The dissertation will be available at


Arranged by


Department of Intercultural Communication and Management




Professor Lilie Chouliaraki

London School of Economics

Professor Mette Morsing

Copenhagen Business School


Assessment Committee


Associate professor

Hans Krause Hansen (chair)

Copenhagen Business School


Professor Kim Schrøder


Roskilde University


Associate Professor


Helen Yanacopulos

The Open University


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