The new issue of Networking Knowledge - the Journal of the MeCCSA PGN has just been published, featuring articles from some of those who gave papers at last year’s MeCCSA PGN Annual Conference, held in the School of Media and Communication (then known as the Institute of Communication Studies) at the University of Leeds in June 2014.
Today sees the launch of a new website, MEDIA AND CULTURAL WORK: A RESOURCE FOR BETTER WORKING LIFE IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA. The title should hopefully make its function clear. It’s for activists, campaigners and public interest groups as much as for academics. It’s intended to be international.
Professor Kate Oakley has just published an article in The Conversation, which assesses the increasing evidence that the UK cultural industries are becoming more exclusive, following shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant’s suggestion that people from working-class backgrounds seem to be finding it harder to get into the creative industries.
Professor Stephen Coleman was on BBC Radio 5 Live last week to discuss the impact of the televised leadership debates on the 2010 General Election.
This month sees the launch of a new research network, funded by the AHRC, and dedicated to improving the conditions of cultural work. It will be run by Kate Oakley of the School of Media and Communications, Leeds and Bridget Conor at Kings College London.
Professor Stephen Coleman has hit back at the widespread condescension of comic and political activist Russell Brand by political commentators in the British press following the publication of Brand's new book "Revolution".
Professor Stephen Coleman and Dr. Julie Firmstone have just published two articles based on their research into the role of digital media and local news in engaging citizens in local political issues.
Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) comments in an article about whether the media still has an influence in politics. (The Independent, 06/10/2014)
PhD candidate Christiaan De Beukelaer delivers a talk at the UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries
Christiaan De Beukelaer presented findings from his PhD research in the panel on “The Power of Culture for Inclusive Societies” alongside Wiendu Nuryanti, Deputy Minister for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia; Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia; Homi Bhabha, Director of the Humanities Center, Harvard University; Elsebeth Krogh, Director of the Danish Centre for Culture and Development; and Frédéric Jacquemin, Director of Africalia; among others.
Dr Lee Edwards has published a new book on the public relations profession. Based on research carried out as part of her ESRC-funded research project, Power, Diversity and Public Relations addresses the lack of diversity in PR by revealing the ways in which power operates within the occupation to construct archetypal practitioner identities, occupational belonging and exclusion.
Toussaint Nothias, doctoral student in the School of Media and Communication, has just had a chapter published in a major new collection entitled 'African Football, Identity Politics and Global Media Narratives: The Legacy of the FIFA 2010 World Cup'. His chapter is called 'Afro-Pessimism in the French and British Press Coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa'.
David Bell and Kate Oakley survey the major debates emerging in cultural policy research, adopting an approach based on spatial scale to explore cultural policy in cities, nations and internationally. They contextualise these discussions with an exploration of what both ‘culture’ and ‘policy’ mean when they are joined together as cultural policy.
This special issue of the international journal Visual Communication, guest edited by Dr. Giorgia Aiello, and also featuring an article by our PhD student, Toussaint Nothias, investigates the nexus of globalization and visual communication through a rich discussion of the significance of national, racial, ethnic, gender, class, embodied and emplaced differences.
Professor David Hesmondhalgh has been interviewed about his new book, 'Why Music Matters'. Click here to listen in!
Professor Stephen Coleman was interviewed this week by the BBC about why politicians often find themselves in embarrassing photographs. The full story can be found here.
ICS's Dr. Giorgia Aiello is giving a talk in the School of Media Studies of the New School for Public Engagement, where she is currently a visiting scholar. Her current research project is funded by a four-year Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013).
Chris Paterson is taking part this week in a conference entitled Why War? Peace Studies in the 21st Century, which celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.
The UNESCO Chair "Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development" held by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider at the Department of Cultural Policy, University of Hildesheim welcomes Christiaan De Beukelaer as a visiting researcher during the summer of 2014. From June until the end of September, Christiaan will write up the final stages of his PhD dissertation at this department that works on issues closely related to his research. For more information see here.
On Tuesday 18 March, the House of Lords Communications Committee explored the impact of the broadcast election debates in 2010. ICS's Professor Stephen Coleman was called to give evidence based on the findings of a report exploring the first-ever British televised prime ministerial debates which he edited and which was published in 2011.
Professor Kate Oakley will be delivering a keynote lecture at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver on Friday, 21st March 2014. Her talk, 'Good work? Rethinking Cultural Entrepreneurship', will consider how the figure of the 'cultural entrepreneur' has been invoked in policy discourse to suggest an image of the self-starting, innovative and independent cultural producer — far removed from the image of the publicly-funded artist or the unionised cultural worker.
'New Documentary Ecologies', co-edited by Kate Nash, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. It brings together recent research into the ways in which documentary makers are expanding the ‘documentary project’ across digital platforms, developing new documentary practices and providing new ways for audiences to engage with reality
Professor Kate Oakley has written an article on the legacy of New Labour's cultural policies. Read it here.
This week, research by Julie Firmstone, Stephen Coleman and Nancy Thumim will be presented at the following conference:
“Local journalism around the world: professional practices, economic foundations, and political implications”, February 27-28, 2014, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.
Dr Katrin Voltmer is the Coordinator of a major research project on ‘Media, Conflict and Democratisation’ (MeCoDEM), which started on 1 February 2014 and will run over three years.
Based at the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive was launched on 1st October 2013 and runs until 31st March 2015.
Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Professor Kate Oakley are both speaking at a forthcoming CRESC event on'Cultural Work/Cultural Value' on Friday, February 21, 2014 at The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK.
Dr Lee Edwards has a new article published in the European Journal of Communication, exploring the reasons behind the lack of diversity in the communications industries.