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Beyond the "Berlusconi Common Sense". A New Model of Politics for the 21st Century 

  • Speaker: Professor Paolo Mancini
  • Date: Tuesday 19 January 2010
  • Time: 6.30-8pm
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
  • Chair: Professor Terhi Rantanen

Mostly outside Italy, there is a widespread common sense about Berlusconi and his political adventure: he has been able to successfully enter the political arena because of his television empire and because of his unclear links with illegal groups and business. This interpretation is undoubtedly true but it is also a limited one as it is not able to point out all the novelties that Berlusconi may represent. Read more...



The Politics of Media and Cultural Policy

Department of Media & Communications Public Lecture

  • Speaker: Professor Philip Schlesinger
  • Date: Wednesday 28th October 2009
  • Time: 6.30-8pm
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Media and cultural policies are shaped by the few with access to political power. What role can academics play in current policy debates? Philip Schlesinger is director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow.


The Future of Telecoms

Department of Media and Communications / POLIS Public Lecture

  • Monday 16 March 2009 - 6.30pm
  • New Theatre, East Building

This event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required. To register or request more information email polis@lse.ac.uk.

Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards will outline the future challenges for telecoms in an era of significant technological and economic changes, and as policy-makers increasingly highlight the growing role of communications services.

Ed Richards is chief executive of Ofcom. Prior to this he was senior policy advisor to the UK prime minister, for media, telecoms, internet and e-government. 



From Digital to Analogue: Copyright Law as a Threat to Capitalism and Democracy

  • Speaker: Prof. Mark Poster
  • Date: Monday 13th October 2008
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Venue: New Theatre

Mark Poster is Centennial Professor of Film and Media Studies at LSE. He has studied and taught at the University of California, Irvine for 40 years, he examines the controversy over copyright law, looking at the case of peer-to-peer file sharing. He argues that a new perspective is needed to understand the implications of this form of communication, one that goes beyond the viewpoints of the media industries and the downloaders of copyrighted materials.

Watch the video of Mark Poster's Public Lecture (courtesy of the LSE Information Systems and Innovation Group)



Distant Suffering in the Media

Inaugural Public Lecture

  • Speaker: Prof. Lilie Chouliaraky
  • Date: Wednesday 27 February 2008, 6:30-8pm
  • Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
  • Chair: Howard Davies

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki will talk about suffering in the media, addressing the question of how far images and stories of suffering make a difference in our ways of engaging with distant sufferers.

Lilie Chouliaraki is chair in media and communications at the Department of Media and Communications and research director of POLIS at LSE.

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Children's Media: More Harm than Good?

  • Speaker: Prof. Sonia Livingstone
  • Date: Thursday 24 January 2008
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8pm
  • Venue:  Hong Kong Theatre
  • Chair:  Professor Robin Mansell

Public Policy is scrutinising potential media harms, given rapid expansion of the internet, fears over 'toxic' childhood, and pressing dilemmas for media regulation.  But is the media the problem or the solution?

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Global Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy

Department of Media and Communications Public Lecture

  • Date: Tuesday 13 November 2007
  • Speaker: Professor James Curran
  • Chair: Professor Sonia Livingstone
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Morality and Media in the 21st Century

A Panel in celebration of the work of Professor Roger Silverstone

LSE, Monday 16th October 2006:

This event addressed the moral implications of the increasing globalisation of the media and our increasing dependence on those media for our understanding of the other in the world in which we live, the subject of Roger's book, Media and Morality: On the Rise of the Mediapolis (Polity, 2006)"

The panellists were:

  • Charlie Beckett, Director, POLIS, LSE-LCC
  • Lilie Chouliaraki, Research Professor, Copenhagen Business School
  • Daniel Dayan, Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Stan Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Sociology, LSE
  • Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media, LSE (Chair)
  • Richard Sambrook, Director of BBC Global News

Jennifer Silverstone announced the establishment of the Silverstone Fund, the aim of which is to create a prize for Excellence in Global Journalism.