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School of Media and Communication

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Research News

  • Leeds Civic Hall

    Leeds under the spotlight

    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.

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    How much influence do the papers still have on political opinion?

    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)

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    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.

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    Culture can help with sustainable development

    Christiaan De Beukelaer, PhD student in the School, has recently contributed to an article for The Conversation about the importance of culture in helping sustainable development.

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    New Directions in Public Relations and Communication Research

    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.

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    New chapter published by Toussaint Nothias

    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'.

  • Cultural Policy

    'Cultural Policy' by Kate Oakley and David Bell now published

    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.

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    Giorgia Aiello guest edits special issue of Visual Communication

    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.

  • Why Music Matters

    David Hesmondhalgh interviewed about his new book

    Professor David Hesmondhalgh has been interviewed about his new book, 'Why Music Matters'. Click here to listen in!

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    How do politicians find themselves in awkward photographs?

    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.

  • Giorgia Aiello

    An investigation of photographers’ perspectives on stock photography

    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).

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    Chris Paterson giving a paper from his forthcoming book

    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.

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    ICS PhD student Christiaan De Beukelaer visiting researcher at Hildesheim

    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.

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    Professor Stephen Coleman gives evidence to the House of Lords

    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.

  • Kate Oakley

    Good work? Rethinking Cultural Entrepreneurship

    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.

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    New Documentary Ecologies

    '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

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    Learning from New Labour

    Professor Kate Oakley has written an article on the legacy of New Labour's cultural policies. Read it here.

  • Julie Firmstone

    Local journalism around the world

    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.

  • Katrin Voltmer

    Research project Media, Conflict and Democratisation launched.

    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.

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    ICS researchers undertake Pararchive project

    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.

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    David Hesmondhalgh and Kate Oakley speaking at Cultural Work/Cultural Value symposium

    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.

  • Lee Edwards

    Discourse, Credentialism and Occupational Closure in the Communications Industries

    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.

  • David Hesmondhalgh

    Why Does Music Matter?

    David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of Music and Media Industries at ICS, has appeared on BBC Radio 4's weekly Thinking Allowed programme, joining other guests to discuss why music is so important to our social and cultural lives.

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    Dr Lee Edwards Wins University Student Education Fellowship

    Dr Lee Edwards, postgraduate tutor in ICS and programme leader for the MA Public Relations and Society, has been awarded a University Student Education Fellowship.

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    Stephen Coleman to Chair ICA Outstanding Book Award Committee

    Stephen Coleman has been invited to chair the International Communication Association's Outstanding Book Award Committee.

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    China Scholarship Council: Call For 2014 Doctoral Scholarships

    The University of Leeds is offering around ten China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarships, which are available for high quality international students who will be commencing PhD research study from October 2014/15 for study in any Faculty at the University of Leeds.

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    ‘Isn’t it just a way to protect Walt Disney’s rights?’: Media user perspectives on copyright

    The ICS research team for the ESRC-funded project Communicating Copyright: An Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age has published an article about user perspectives on copyright in New Media and Society.

  • 'Curry Tales': The Production of ‘Race’ and Ethnicity in the Cultural Industries

    Dr Anamik Saha has an article published in the new issue of Ethnicities, exploring how the conditions of the cultural industries steer the work of minority cultural producers in directions that can undermine the radical potential of the counter-narratives of difference.

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    Dr Firmstone to Speak at International Journalism Week

    Dr Julie Firmstone has been invited to speak at International Journalism Week at the University of Sheffield, on 13 November. In her presentation entitled 'Journalism and local democracy in the 21st century', she will focus on the range of ways in which journalists and media outlets more generally encourage civic participation at the local and regional level.

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    Dr Aiello Invited to Present at Swedish Centre for European Research

    Dr Giorgia Aiello has been invited to give a research seminar at the Centre for European Research (CERGU) of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) on November 19, based on her research about how the conceptualization and display of cultural difference and distinctiveness is influenced by and interacts with global capitalism and consumerism.

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