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A concept that is sought by various disciplines, mediation is a very old practice that is reborn today to meet the needs of the contemporary world. It features two parts, sometimes very different in nature and one third that helps the two parties to agree. The power and legitimacy of the third party depend only on the authority they recognize.

The very definition of mediation varies according to the contexts of application. The debate is animated by the ideologies and disciplines that usually intervene in social life: theology, law, etc. Mediation is not just a conflict management technique, it is also a means of communication, a mode of relationship between the state and civil society and as such it intervenes at all levels of society.

What are the theoretical foundations of the notion of mediation and how do research teachers appropriate this concept and use it in their problems? These questions are answered by this worker because mediation is a process of overcoming conflict and building social bonds. It belongs to a field of research fully invested by the Sciences of Information and Communication.


Part 1: Epistemological Foundations

1 Exploring the concept

1.1. The origins

1.2. Professional mediation

1.3. Mediation and peace

2 The constituent elements of mediation

2.1. Third

2.2. The relationship

2.3. The subject

3 Organization of mediations

3.1. Mediation and institution

3.2. Device and mediation

4 Time and mediation

4.1 The temporality of mediations

Part 2 The mobilizations of the concept of mediation in CIS

5. Didactic mediations

5.1. Transmission and access to knowledge

5.2. Scientific communication

5.3. Digital mediations

6. Informational mediations

6.1. Information professionals

6.2. Documentary mediation in an academic environment

6.3. Economic intelligence and watch

7. Cultural mediations

7.1. Mediation and cultural institutions

7.2. Heritage, museum, archives

7.3. Cultural mediation of the arts

8. Mediation and organization

8.1. Organization in theory

8.2. Organization and communication

8.3. Other perspectives in organizing communication

9. Mediation and society

9.1. Politics and public space

9.2. Media communication

9.3. Ecological mediation