Date: 10/12/2014 | Time: 4.15pm – 5.30pm
Why is political humor central to revolutionary activism? The Syrian uprising that started in March 2010 gave rise to a rich cornucopia of parody and satire. Through an in-depth analysis of one instance of revolutionary humor, the video web series Top Goon—Diaries of a Little Dictator, I explore how the symbolism of the human body, coupled with a peculiar aesthetic of miniaturization, anchor humor to revolutionary struggle.
Date: 3/12/2014 | Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
The Visual & Digital Cultures Research Group in The School of Media and Communication invites you to the following reading group:
‘The Senses and Society’
Discussant: Tom Jackson, University of Leeds Wednesday December 3rd, 4.00 – 5.30pm Room 1.17 (seminar room), Clothworkers’ Building North
Research Seminar: Corinne Schweizer Public Service Media as a Commons? Theoretical considerations and a comparative empirical outlook
Date: 26/11/2014 | Time: 4.15pm – 5.30pm
Public service broadcasters in many European countries have successfully established online platforms (see e.g. Brevini 2013) and therefore became public service media (PSM). Legal frameworks approve the new channel and determine its funding. Some countries also invented public value tests to ex ante assess new services (Donders & Moe 2011). But the debate on PSM’s purpose and legitimacy is far from completed. PSM are especially challenged to achieve greater openness and opportunities for public participation.
School of Media and Communication Feminist Reading Group Research Seminar Anita Biressi: Looking up Ayn Rand’s skirt: reflections on authority, gender and feminism
Date: 12/11/2014 | Time: 4.15pm – 5.30pm
This paper explores the public persona and critical reception of Ayn Rand (1905-1982), a prominent figure in American cultural life, who achieved notoriety as a blockbuster novelist, neoliberal ideologue, philosopher and lifestyle guru. Rand was a peerless self-promoter and controversialist and a charismatic leader who brooked no dissent. She was also a woman whose iconic appearance , sexuality and values were very much interpreted through the lens of her gender and via her anomalous position as a female public intellectual. Her views on gender, relationships between the sexes and feminism were canvassed and her controversial depictions of feisty, ambitious heroines both championed and detested . This paper begins the work of understanding and tackling the ‘problem’ and appeal of Ayn Rand for feminists past and present.
Date: 5/11/2014 | Time: 4.15pm – 5.30pm
In this seminar, I examine five dominant conceptualisations of ‘the global South’ in the field of media and communication studies, and more specifically in the subfields of (1) international communication or global communication studies; and (2) development communication.
Visual & Digital Cultures Research Group Seminar: Dr Melissa Aronczyk "On the visual aspects of nation branding"
Date: 30/10/2014 | Time: 4.15pm – 5.30pm
National governments around the world are turning to branding consultants, public relations advisers and strategic communications experts to help them “brand” their jurisdiction. Using the tools, techniques and expertise of commercial branding is believed to help nations articulate a more coherent and cohesive identity, attract foreign capital, and maintain citizen loyalty.
Date: 24/10/2014 – 25/10/2014
Dr. Jason Vincent Cabañes will be one of the panel speakers at Stockholm University’s Annual Stockholm Anthropology Roundtable, which will be held on 24-25 October 2014. The theme for this year’s Roundtable is “Social Responsibility at a Distance: Caring, Parenting and Generation inTransnational Social Spaces”.
Research Seminar: Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando News Coverage of the ‘Third World’ and the Alliance for Progress: Communicating the Politics of Containment
Date: 15/10/2014 | Time: 4.15pm – 5.30pm
Harry S Truman’s 1948 speech on development made it clear that the core of the post-WWII narrative on development would be defined by the priorities of the Cold War. No place was this truer than in Latin America where the United States had seen the rise of left-wing governments which favoured nationalisation, limits to repatriation of capital and overall social reform.
Date: 23/6/2014 – 24/6/2014
Leeds will be a great place to visit this summer. Not only will it welcome the Tour de France, but it is also where the 11th Annual MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference will take place on June 23rd and 24th! The conference theme is ‘Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory’, and it will take place at the Institute of Communications Studies. The conference is supported by the Higher Education Academy, the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network and the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds.
Date: 23/6/2014 – 24/6/2014
The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN) invites submission of abstracts for its 11th Annual Postgraduate Conference. The conference theme is ‘Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory’, and it will take place at the Institute of Communications Studies on June 23-24, 2014.