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Transnational Media Cultures

The local and the global: communications, identities and interests in a changing geopolitical environment.

Research Activities

Our research on transnational media cultures explores the influence of global media industries and trends in media representations, identities and media consumption among diasporic communities and within transnational comparative contexts. We also examine transnational media history; and investigate transnational shifts in mediations of ethnicity, gender, and human rights.

The collaborative project Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, funded by the ERC represents one such example. This four-year project explores the often troublesome and poorly understood relationship between democracy and the media in Central and Eastern Europe, but our findings should be more broadly applicable to consolidating democracies worldwide.

Media & Citizenship: Transnational Television Cultures Reshaping Political Identities in the European Union, funded by the EU, is another large scale comparative project conducted by researchers in our department. This project focused on Arab audiences of transnational television across three European capital cities. The project explored the relation between political and cultural identities and media consumption among the diverse Arabic communities in Europe. 

We study the changing performances of trans-national solidarity in Western popular culture. Television news, NGO appeals, Hollywood celebrities and global concerts have historically been celebrated as some of the most powerful ways in which the plight of vulnerable others becomes a trans-national cause for emotion and action. Yet, institutional, political and technological transformations in the mediation of vulnerability suggest significant changes in the ways solidarity is justified and enacted across time, raising important questions about the cosmopolitanising potential of our contemporary, post-humanitarian culture.

We participate in a number of national and international networks. Among them, the Aftermath Project (led by Manuel Castells, João Caraça and Gustavo Cardoso and sponsored by the Gulbenkian Foundation) and the EU-funded COST Action Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, to which we contribute with research and publications on media, migration and diaspora.


Banaji, S. (In Press). A Tale of Three Worlds: Young People, Media and Class in India. in Hensler, C. (ed) Generation X Goes Global Berkeley, New York/London/New Delhi: Routledge. (publication date: Summer 2012.)

Banaji, S. (In Press) 'Melodramatic Appropriations: Hindi Films and their Audiences in Europe', in (eds) Leila Jordan and Kaushik Bhaumik, The Indian Cinema Book, London: British Film Institute

Banaji, S. (2012). 'Bollywood' Adolescents: Young Viewers Discuss Childhood, Class and Hindi Films' in Benwell, B., Proctor, J. and Robinson, G. (eds) Postcolonial Audiences Readers, Viewers and Reception, London, New Delhi and New York: Routledge.

Banaji, S. (2008) ‘Fascist imaginaries and clandestine critiques: young Hindi film viewers respond to love, violence and xenophobia in cross-border romances’ in War, Enemy and Hindi Films: Filming the Line of Control (eds.) Meenakshi Bharat and Nirmal Kumar, New Delhi: Routledge

Chouliaraki L. (2012) The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism, Cambridge: Polity

Chouliaraki L. (2012) 'I have a voice. The cosmopolitan ambivalence of new media journalism' in Journalism studies Vol. 13 Nr. 4 pp. tbc

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) 'The theatricality of humanitarianism: a critique of celebrity advocacy'. Communication and critical/cultural studies, 9 (1). pp. 1-21.

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2011) 'Improper distance': towards a critical account of solidarity as irony' International journal of cultural studies, 14 (4). pp. 363-381.

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) 'Ordinary witnessing in post-television news: towards a new moral imagination'. Critical discourse studies, 7 (4). pp. 305-319.

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) 'Post-humanitarianism: humanitarian communication beyond a politics of pity'. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 13 (2). pp. 107-126.

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) 'Global representations of distant suffering'. In: Coupland, Nikolas, (ed.) The handbook of language and globalization . Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, USA, pp. 608-625.

Georgiou, M. (2012) 'Between strategic nostalgia and banal nomadism: Explorations of Transnational Subjectivity among Arab Audiences'. In International Journal of Cultural Studies, iFirst

Georgiou, M. (2012) 'Media, Diaspora and the Transnational Context: Cosmopolitanizing Cross-National Comparative Research?' in I.Volkmer (ed.) Handbook of Global Media Research. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell

Georgiou (2011) Watson, S. 'Mediating Diaspora, Identity and Ethnicity: An Interview with Myria Georgiou', PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication 3 (1): 54-59

Meng, B & Wu, F. (2012) Commons/commodity: Peer production caught in the web of the commercial market. Information, Communication and Society.  DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2012.675347 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369118X.2012.675347

Meng, B (2012).  'Underdetermined globalization: Media consumption via P2P networks'. International Journal of Communication, 6, 467-483.

Meng, B. (2011). From steamed bun to grass mud horse: E gao as alternative political discourse on the Chinese Internet. Global Media and Communication 7(1), 33-51.

Meng, B. (2009). 'Who wants democracy if we can pick our favorite girl?: Super Girl as media spectacle'. Chinese Journal of Communication, 2(3), 257–272.

Orgad, S. (2008). 'Have you seen Bloomberg?:' Satellite News Channels as Agents of the New Visibility, Global Media and Communication, 4(3): 301-327.

Orgad, S. (2011). 'Proper distance from ourselves: The potential for estrangement in the mediapolis'. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14(4): 401-421.

Orgad, S. (2012). Media Representation and the Global Imagination. Cambridge: Polity.

Rantanen, T. (2012)'In  Nationalism We Trust?' In M. Castells, J. Caraça, and G. Cardoso (eds.) Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rantanen, T. (2009) When News was New. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK

Ruiz, P. (forthcoming) Coalition Dissent: Protest and the Public Sphere. London: Pluto Press (Publication date: 2013)

Ruiz, P. (2009) 'Manufacturing Dissent; Visual Metaphors in Community Narratives'. In: Notions of Community (ed.) Janey Gordon, Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 199-224


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