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Dr Shani Orgad

TW3.7.01H

Department of Media and Communications

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE UK

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Shani Orgad

Associate Professor, MSc Exam Sub-Board Chair

Shani Orgad is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications . Her first degree was in Media and Communications with Sociology and Anthropology from The Hebrew University, and she has a Masters and a PhD in Media and Communications from the LSE. Her research interests include gender and the media, media representations and contemporary culture, representations of suffering, new media, the Internet and computer-mediated communication, narrative and media, media and everyday life, media and globalisation, health and new media and methodological aspects of doing Internet research. 

She has lectured on Media, Culture and Society, Media Representations in a Global Age, Internet, and Computer Mediated Communication and Globalisation and Media and Gender to undergraduates and postgraduates in both Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. In 2008 Shani won an LSE Teaching Prize for Outstanding Teaching Performance.

Biography

I undertook my first degree at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Media and Communications with Sociology and Anthropology. I have both a Masters and a PhD in Media and Communications obtained at the LSE. I have lectured two undergraduate Media courses at the University of Cambridge, as well as part of an MSc course on Gender and Media at the LSE. I joined the Department of Media and Communications as a lecturer in September 2003.

My current research examines public discourses about gender equality in the workplace and media representations of women and work. I am conducting a study that examines the experiences of women who left paid employment in the context of becoming mothers, and juxtaposes their experiences against the way they are represented in the media and public discourse. The study involves interviews with women who left paid employment and their partners, and analysis of media representations of ‘stay-at-home’ mothers and discourses on gender equality in the workplace.  

My other research interest concerns the significance of media representations for people's understanding of themselves, of one another, and the world. I am and particularly interested in how new media enable people to present and understand themselves and how their personal narratives and representations interact, reflect and challenge larger public narratives and images. These issues are explored in my recently published book Media Representation and the Global Imagination (2012, Polity).

The book examines how transformations in the contemporary media landscape, specifically the expansion of new media, the increasing global scope of communication, and the blurring between public and private realms, change and shape the ways in which issues of public concern are framed, imaged, and constructed, and what consequences this may have. Read more here.

My other interests include representations of suffering, new media, the Internet and computer-mediated communication, narrative and media, media and everyday life, media and globalisation, health and new media, gender and the media, and methodological aspects of doing Internet research.

I supervise PhD students and welcome applications from prospective students relating to these areas of research.

Last year I completed (with Dr Bruna Seu, Birkbeck College) the research project 'Mediated Humanitarian Knowledge; Audiences' Reactions and Moral Actions', funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project explored public understanding and reactions to humanitarian communications, including campaigns about international development issues and humanitarian appeals. We conducted focus groups across the UK to learn how people make sense of the images and narratives of distant suffering and how ideologies, emotions and biographical experiences shape those responses. We also interviewed professionals from ten UK-based international NGOs to explore how they think about and produce their communications.

My previous research focused on the online participation of breast cancer patients in Internet spaces. While much has been debated about the significance of the Internet, the actual processes of communication in which people engage online are as yet little understood. Exploring the ways in which participants in online spaces configure their experience into a story, my study offers an innovative way of understanding online communication as a socially significant activity. It is based on e-mail and face-to-face interviews with breast cancer patients, as well as an analysis of breast cancer related websites. The substantive focus of storytelling online is analysed in its specificity as a social phenomenon. At the same time it is connected to a broad range of debates on communication and Internet, health and illness and social agency. I have written about this in my book Storytelling Online: Talking Breast Cancer on the Internet (Peter Lang, 2005).

In 2006 I conducted a research project on the impact mobile television entitled, "This Box Was Made For Walking". The research explored how mobile television is likely to transform viewers' experience of watching television and how it will change advertising. A report commissioned by Nokia was published in November 2006 and a special event was held at the BAFTA in London on 10 November 2006.

Another interest is in qualitative methods of Internet research. I wrote about this in chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies (edited by Mansell et al, 2007) Virtual Methods (edited by Hine, Berg, 2005) and Internet Inquiry: A Dialogue Among Qualitative Researchers (edited by Markham & Baym, Sage, 2008), and in a review of the book "Online Social Research" in New Media & Society (February 2005). I am part of an international research group who is engaged in the study of qualitative methods of Internet research, together with Nancy Baym (University of Kansas), Annette Markham (University of the Virgin Islands), Lori Kendall (SUNY) and others.

Books

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Orgad, Shani (2012) Media representation and the global imagination. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745643793

Storytelling Online

Orgad, Shani (2005) Storytelling online: talking breast cancer on the internet. Peter Lang, New York, US. ISBN 0820476293

 

Book chapters

The escalating price of motherhood: aesthetic labour in popular representations of ‘stay-at-home’ mothers
De Benedictis, Sara and Orgad, Shani (2016) The escalating price of motherhood: aesthetic labour in popular representations of ‘stay-at-home’ mothers. In: Elias, A.S., Gill, Rosalind and Scharff, C., (eds.) Aesthetic Labour. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. (In Press)

Communication
Orgad, Shani (2016) Communication. In: Allen, Tim, Macdonald, Anna and Radice, Henry, (eds.) A Dictionary of Humanitarianism. Routledge, London, UK. (In Press)

Underline, celebrate, mitigate, erase: humanitarian NGOs’ strategies of communicating difference
Orgad, Shani (2015) Underline, celebrate, mitigate, erase: humanitarian NGOs’ strategies of communicating difference. In: Cottle, S. and Cooper, G., (eds.) Humanitarianism, Communications and Change. Peter Lang, New York, USA. ISBN 9781433125263

When sociology meets media representation
Orgad, Shani (2014) When sociology meets media representation. In: Waisbord, Silvio, (ed.) Media Sociology. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 133-150. ISBN 9780745670553

How can researchers make sense of the issues involved in collecting and interpreting online and offline data?
Orgad, Shani (2009) How can researchers make sense of the issues involved in collecting and interpreting online and offline data? In: Markham, Annette and Baym, Nancy, (eds.) Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method. SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 33-53. ISBN 9781412910002

Interrelations between ‘online’ and ‘offline’: questions, issues and implications
Orgad, Shani (2007) Interrelations between ‘online’ and ‘offline’: questions, issues and implications. In: Mansell, Robin, Avgerou, Chrisanthi, Quah, Danny and Silverstone, Roger, (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 514-537. ISBN 0199266239

From online to offline and back: moving from online to offline relationships with research informants
Orgad, Shani (2005) From online to offline and back: moving from online to offline relationships with research informants. In: Hine, Christine, (ed.) Virtual Methods: Issues in Social Research on the Internet. Berg, Oxford, UK, pp. 51-66. ISBN 9781845200855

Just do it! The online communication of breast cancer as a practice of empowerment
Orgad, Shani (2004) Just do it! The online communication of breast cancer as a practice of empowerment. In: Consalvo, Mia, Baym, Nancy, Hunsinger, Jeremy, Jensen, Klaus Bruhn, Logie, John, Murero, Monica and Shade, Leslie Regan, (eds.) Internet Research Annual: Selected Papers From the Association of Internet Researchers Conferences 2000-2002. Peter Lang, New York, USA. ISBN 9780820468402

Help yourself: the world wide web as a self-help agora
Orgad, Shani (2000) Help yourself: the world wide web as a self-help agora. In: Gauntlett, David, (ed.) Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age. Arnold, London, UK, pp. 146-157. ISBN 0340760494

Articles

Incongruous encounters: media representations and lived experiences of stay-at-home mothers
Orgad, Shani (2016) Incongruous encounters: media representations and lived experiences of stay-at-home mothers. Feminist Media Studies, 16 (3). ISSN 1468-0777

The cruel optimism of the good wife: the fantastic working mother on the fantastical treadmill
Orgad, Shani (2016) The cruel optimism of the good wife: the fantastic working mother on the fantastical treadmill. Television and New Media . ISSN 1552-8316 (In Press)

The humanitarian makeover
Orgad, Shani and Nikunen, Kaarina (2015) The humanitarian makeover. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12 (3). pp. 229-251. ISSN 1479-1420

The confidence cult(ure)
Gill, Rosalind and Orgad, Shani (2015) The confidence cult(ure). Australian Feminist Studies, 30 (85). ISSN 0816-4649 (In Press)

Girl power and ‘selfie humanitarianism’
Koffman, Ofra, Orgad, Shani and Gill, Rosalind (2015) Girl power and ‘selfie humanitarianism’. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , 29 (2). pp. 157-168. ISSN 1030-4312

The 'stay-at-home' mother, postfeminism and neoliberalism: content analysis of UK news coverage
Orgad, Shani and De Benedictis, Sara (2015) The 'stay-at-home' mother, postfeminism and neoliberalism: content analysis of UK news coverage. European Journal of Communication, 30 (4). pp. 418-436. ISSN 0267-3231

The Good Samaritan and the Marketer: public perceptions of humanitarian and international development NGOs
Seu, Irene Bruna, Flanagan, Frances and Orgad, Shani (2015) The Good Samaritan and the Marketer: public perceptions of humanitarian and international development NGOs. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 20 (3). pp. 211-225. ISSN 14654520

'Intimacy at a distance' in humanitarian communication
Orgad, Shani and Seu, Bruna (2014) 'Intimacy at a distance' in humanitarian communication. Media, Culture and Society, 36 (7). pp. 916-934. ISSN 0163-4437

The mediation of humanitarianism: towards a research framework
Orgad, Shani and Seu, Bruna (2014) The mediation of humanitarianism: towards a research framework. Communication, Culture and Critique, 7 (1). pp. 6-36. ISSN 1753-9129

Beyond consumer capitalism: media and the limits to imagination
Orgad, Shani (2014) Beyond consumer capitalism: media and the limits to imagination. Consumption Markets & Culture . pp. 1-3. ISSN 1025-3866

Visualizers of solidarity: organizational politics in humanitarian and international development NGOs
Orgad, Shani (2013) Visualizers of solidarity: organizational politics in humanitarian and international development NGOs. Visual Communication, 12 (3). pp. 295-314. ISSN 1470-3572

Proper distance: mediation, ethics, otherness
Chouliaraki, Lilie and Orgad, Shani (2011) Proper distance: mediation, ethics, otherness. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14 (4). pp. 341-345. ISSN 1367-8779

Proper distance from ourselves: the potential for estrangement in the mediapolis
Orgad, Shani (2011) Proper distance from ourselves: the potential for estrangement in the mediapolis. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14 (4). pp. 401-421. ISSN 1367-8779

Watching how others watch us: the Israeli media's treatment of international coverage of the Gaza War
Orgad, Shani (2009) Watching how others watch us: the Israeli media's treatment of international coverage of the Gaza War. Communication Review, 12 (3). pp. 250-261. ISSN 1071-4421

Mobile TV
Orgad, Shani (2009) Mobile TV. Convergence: the Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies, 15 (2). pp. 197-214. ISSN 1354-8565

The survivor in contemporary culture and public discourse: a genealogy
Orgad, Shani (2009) The survivor in contemporary culture and public discourse: a genealogy. Communication Review, 12 (2). pp. 132-161. ISSN 1071-4421

'Have you seen Bloomberg?': satellite news channels as agents of the new visibility
Orgad, Shani (2008) 'Have you seen Bloomberg?': satellite news channels as agents of the new visibility. Global Media and Communication, 4 (3). pp. 301-327. ISSN 1742-7665

The internet as a moral space: the legacy of Roger Silverstone
Orgad, Shani (2007) The internet as a moral space: the legacy of Roger Silverstone. New Media and Society, 9 (1). pp. 33-41. ISSN 1461-4448

The cultural dimensions of online communication : a study of breast cancer patients’ internet spaces
Orgad, Shani (2006) The cultural dimensions of online communication : a study of breast cancer patients’ internet spaces. New Media and Society, 8 (6). pp. 877-899. ISSN 1461-4448

The transformative potential of online communication : the case of breast cancer patients' internet spaces
Orgad, Shani (2005) The transformative potential of online communication : the case of breast cancer patients' internet spaces. Feminist Media Studies, 5 (2). pp. 141-161. ISSN 1468-0777

Monographs

Confronting gender inequality: findings from the LSE commission on gender, inequality and power
Perrons, Diane, Lacey, Nicola, Phillips, Anne, Wearing, Sadie, Ashtiany, Saphieh, Biressi, Anita, Carter, Cynthia, Chakrabarti, Shami, Chinkin, Christine, Couldry, Nick, Criado-Perez, Caroline, DeLargy, Pamela, Dobbs, Linda, Harris, Scarlett, Himmelweit, Susan, Jenkins, Kate, Kabeer, Naila, Lovenduski, Joni, Manning, Alan, Murray, Rainbow, Negra, Diane, Neitzert, Eva, Orgad, Shani, Plomien, Ania, Sen, Purna, Spicer, Harriet and Starmer, Keir (2016) Confronting gender inequality: findings from the LSE commission on gender, inequality and power. London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, London, UK.

Who cares?: challenges and opportunities in communicating distant suffering: a view from the development and humanitarian sector
Orgad, Shani and Vella, Corinne (2012) Who cares?: challenges and opportunities in communicating distant suffering: a view from the development and humanitarian sector. POLIS, London, UK.

Knowing about and acting in relation to distant suffering: mind the gap!
Orgad, Shani, Vella, Corinne, Seu, Bruna, Flanagan, Frances, Bray, Ian, Daynes, Leigh, Paddy, Brendan and Morrison, Joe (2012) Knowing about and acting in relation to distant suffering: mind the gap! POLIS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Patient users and medical websites : the user experience of internet environments
Orgad, Shani (2006) Patient users and medical websites : the user experience of internet environments. EDS discussion paper 07. EDS Innovation Research Programme. London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

This box was made for walking: how will mobile television transform viewers' experience and change advertising?
Orgad, Shani (2006) This box was made for walking: how will mobile television transform viewers' experience and change advertising? London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

 

I teach a compulsory course in the MSc Global Media and Communications on Representation in the Age of Globalisation (MC416) and the doctoral seminar: NYLON - Culture and Politics (SO507) (together with Nick Couldry, Fran Tonkiss, David Maden and Vic Seidler I also teach in the Summer School  International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World (IR245).

Public talks

  • ‘The Others are Coming’ – Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in Cross-cultural Leadership and Innovative Entrepreneurship, 20 July 2015, Cambridge, UK.
  • ‘Reimagining Migration: Intersectionality and Empowerment in a Global Age’ – launch of Lensational exhibition at Art Represent Gallery, London, 16 September 2015.
  • ‘Imagining the World’ – Global Imaginations exhibition and symposium, 25 September 2015, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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