2016 PhD Symposium

Everyday Politics and Media & Communications:  New approaches for theories and methods in the 21st Century

Date: Thursday 30 June 2016
Time: 9am-6.30pm
Venue: Silverstone Room, Floor 7, Tower 3, LSE
Keynote: Professor Nick Couldry

2016 LSE PhD Media Symposium Programme

This one-day symposium seeks to provide a forum for PhD students to engage with questions of multiple forms of politics, theories, and methods in the field of media and communications. This year’s theme exploreS the multifarious forms of politics in everyday life, and addreses questions of theory and method that current scholarship in media and communications confronts.

While ‘politics’ has long constituted one of the central themes in media and communications research, it has now assumed a renewed meaning that goes beyond partisan politics and ideological debates. With increasingly habitual political use of media, we are witnessing a broad range of practices: from community-building to mobilizing social movements, and from online collaboration and participatory culture, to the widespread visual forms of representations and narratives in global crises and struggles.

This one-day symposium seeks to provide a forum for PhD students to engage with questions of multiple forms of politics, theories, and methods in the field of media and communications. PhD students will critically reflect upon and explore these issues, as related to the topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • News, journalism, and political communication
  • Civic engagement, digital citizenship, and community-building
  • Agency, resistance and forms of protest
  • Digital collaboration and participatory culture
  • Big Data, algorithms, surveillance, computational politics, and networks
  • Media governance, regulation, and ethics
  • Shifting forms of media production and consumption
  • Representation of gender and identity
  • ICTs and development
  • Theoretical and/or methodological approaches in media and communications

The symposium is particularly geared towards PhD students in the early stages of their research. The emphasis will be on thoughtful discussion with fellow PhD students, along with feedback from leading academics from the Department. This year’s keynote speech will be given by Professor Nick Couldry, the opening address will be given by Dr. Bart Cammaerts. 

Please email Media.PhD.Symposium@lse.ac.uk to book a register.

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