Supervisor: Professor Lilie Chouliaraki
Research topic: Between estrangement and attachment: International journalism in times of national crisis.
My work focuses on the cosmopolitan potential of news journalism in times of national crisis. Using the Greek news media as an exemplary case study, I explore the potential of journalistic practice as an agent for the cosmopolitanization of national public consciousness. In particular, I am examining the ways the Greek media appropriate international coverage of Greek politics and culture during the current period of economic turmoil and uncertainty. How do Greek national broadcasters report on how others see Greeks? What meanings about us and them do they construct? And with what consequences for public life? The aim is to better understand the ways in which news media are implicated in the formation of moral and cultural identities, and self-reflexive subjectivities that transcend national belonging.
I employ the concept of estrangement – understood as a process of self-distancing ourselves from our taken-for-granted beliefs – as an entry point into the study of journalism as an ethical force for cultivating the relationship with the other-within. My argument is that the estranged self is a condition for our encounter with the other. Therefore, by de-centering consciousness, news media have the potential to expand our collective imagination and thereby contribute to the formation of cosmopolitan publics. At the same time, I wish to suggest that estrangement is a procedure that, rather than disrupt, may instead re-enforce existing national prejudices by amplifying ethno-centric practices of attachment. It is precisely this ambivalence of news media that my project aims to problematise and reflect on.
Approaching journalism as a meaning-making practice, the empirical focus of my study is television news discourse and the analytical focus are representations of key moments of the Greek crisis. My methodological approach is based on a combination of Critical Discourse Analysis and Visual Analysis.
Professional experience: Prior to joining LSE, Naya worked for 17 years for BBC World Service as a broadcast assistant, online/radio producer and presenter. She has freelanced as a features writer, sub-editor and researcher for a variety of Greek media organisations, and international communications agencies in the UK. She is also a professional Greek voice-over artist. She completed an MSc in Media and Communications at the LSE in 2010, and re-joined the Department as a PhD student in 2012. Naya also holds an MA in Arts Criticism from City University London and a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.