How do the narratives that circulate in the media shape our personal experiences? What are the consequences of recognising that our personal stories are deeply shaped and bounded by these wider narratives? Join us for Shani Orgad's inaugural lecture.
In the contemporary neoliberal era, we are encouraged to sever our ‘private troubles’ from the bigger forces that shape society, and to accept insecurity, inequality and injustice as personal failures. However, the wider narratives that circulate in the media shape our personal experiences in profound and complex ways. How can we connect those most intimate aspects of our selves to broader cultural narratives? What are the consequences of recognizing that the stories we live are deeply shaped and bounded by wider discourses?
Shani Orgad’s work has been at the forefront of exploring the relationship between media narratives and subjective experiences. In this lecture, she will reflect on her twenty years of research into this issue, in relation to the wide range of sites, topics and types of media she has studied: from health and illness, humanitarian disasters, to women, family and work.
Shani Orgad is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Professor Orgad gained a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications with Sociology and Anthropology from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, following which she obtained both a Master's and PhD in Media and Communications at LSE. Her research interests include gender, feminism and the media, media representations, inequality and contemporary culture, representations of suffering and migration, new media, narrative and media, media and everyday life, media and globalisation, and ethnographic research methods.
Robin Mansell (@REMVAN) is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
The Department of Media and Communications (@MediaLSE) is a world-leading centre for education and research in communication and media studies at the heart of LSE’s academic community in central London. We are ranked #1 in the UK and #3 globally in our field (2018 QS World University Rankings).
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