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Silverstone Scholarship Awarded to MSc  Global Media and Communications student Andrew Crosby

Andrew Crosby was awarded the 2014 Silverstone Scholarship for his research proposal on how Facebook users think about how social media fits into their lives. What do you think of when you think of Facebook? He asks. Below is a short excerpt of Andrew's proposal and you can read it in full on our Polis blog|.

 

Postdoctoral Research Officer, Department of Media and Communications|

Full-time for two years

£33,450 to £36,520 per annum

The Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science is advertising for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a timely and original research project into parenting and childhood in the digital era. Applications are invited from outstanding candidates with a PhD in the fields of media and  communications, education, childhood studies or allied social sciences.

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Sonia Livingstone| has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Montreal. The award will be presented to Professor Livingstone in a Convocation of the University of Montreal’s Arts and Sciences Faculty on October 29th.

Many congratulations to Professor Livingstone in receiving this honour.

 

Department Research Bulletin - May 2014|

See what faculty members have been researching in 2014 so far, along with prospective research opportunities and forthcoming events.

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Caring in Crisis|

A one-day colloquium ‘Caring in Crisis?’ sponsored by Birkbeck Institute for Social Research was held on Saturday 7 June. The event marked the completion of a three-year, interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on NGOs’ production of and the UK public responses to messages about humanitarian crises and international development. 

 
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RECAP: 2014 Polis Journalism Conference|

The 5th Polis Journalism Conference on the topic of Transparency and Accountability was the biggest and most successful yet. The LSE now hosts the UK's most important annual gathering of international journalists.

There were at least 700 attendees throughout the day to watch more than 40 speakers from the media industry. Highlights of the conference included keynotes by Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the Guardian and Ian Katz, Editor of BBC Newsnight in conversation with Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4 News. Other panellists included Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News, Tom Giles of BBC Panorama and Luke Lewis, Editor of Buzzfeed UK. Visit our blog for more information on the conference schedule| and for speaker biographies| and interviews|.

The conference also generated significant buzz on social media including 661 tweets by over 400 Twitter users and our conference hashtag #polis14 was trending on twitter for the entire day. 

Podcasts and video of the conference will be available on the Polis blog|. You can also check out photos of the conference on our Facebook page| as well as on our blog. 

Thank you to all speakers, participants and volunteers for making the day such a success. We look forward to seeing you next year!
 
 
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PhD Student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published Disasters as media events: the rescue of the Chilean miners on national and global television|, an analysis of the narratives constructed during the live coverage of the rescue of the Chilean miners in 2010.

 
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Bart Cammaerts| and PhD student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published The Mediation of the Brazilian V-for-Vinegar protests: from vilification to legitimization and back?,| an analysis of the role of the media during the recent demonstrations in Brazil.
 
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Alex Free| – a PhD student in the department – recently published ‘Development’, profiles and prospects: labour in Kenya's outsourced call centres| (Critical African Studies) an analysis of the development legacy of Kenya's outsourced call centre sector.

 
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Sonia Livingstone's| new grant, Preparing for a Digital Future, is part of Connected Learning|, a way to approach education in the 21st century that takes advantage of today's abundance of information and social connection, and recipient of a $4.9 million grant.

 
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Media@LSE Working Paper Series| 

View and download a selection of working academic papers from a variety of contributors, both internal and external to the Department.

 
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MPhil/PhD Programmes|

Interested in our doctoral programmes in Media and Communications or New Media, Innovation and Literacy? Submit your details here|, including any prospective research proposals that you wish to gain feedback on from academic staff|.

 
Dr Shakuntala Banaji|, winner of a 2013 Major Review Award, talks to the LSE Teaching & Learning Centre about her passion for teaching: “Teaching is probably the thing I enjoy most about my working life. I like preparing - the challenge of thinking about a new topic and putting it together in a coherent framework for students". See here|
 
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MSc Programmes|

We offer several MSc degrees: MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media, Communication & Development; MSc Global Media & Communications (with second year in either University of Southern California or Fudan University); MSc Politics & Communication. The Department offers two MPhil/PhD programmes in Media & Communications and in New Media, Innovation & Literacy.

 
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Articulating Dissent|

Pollyanna Ruiz|, Pluto, June 2014

Pollyanna Ruiz shows how coalition protest movements against austerity, war and globalisation build upon the communicative strategies of older single issue campaigns such as the anti-criminal justice bill protests and the women's peace movement. She argues that such protest groups are dismissed in the mainstream for not articulating a 'unified position' and explores the way in which contemporary protesters stemming from different traditions maintain solidarity.

Articulating Dissent investigates the ways in which this diversity, so inherent in coalition protest, effects the movement of ideas from the political margins to the mainstream. In doing so this book offers an insightful and original analysis of the protest coalition as a developing political form.

 

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Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century|

Edited by Wendy Willems| and Ebenezer Obadare, Oxford: James Currey, February 2014

This book argues that Western notions of state and civil society provide only a limited understanding of how power and resistance operate in the African context, where informality is central to the way both state officials and citizens exercise agency.

 
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Consumer Democracy: The Marketing of Politics|

Margaret Scammell|, CUP, February 2014

This book argues that marketing is inherent in competitive democracy, explaining how we can make the consumer nature of competitive democracy better and more democratic. Margaret Scammell argues that consumer democracy should not be assumed to be inherently antithetical to “proper” political discourse and debate about the common good.

 
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