Chouliaraki, Lilie

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki  


Position held

Professor of Media and Communications, and Head of Department


Research Director


Experience keywords:

corporate communication and branding; humanitarian communication; media ethics; media representations of suffering and violence; public sphere and civil action

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Lilie Chouliaraki’s research focuses on the imagery and language of the media, including television news, photojournalism, humanitarian campaigns and films, from the perspective of how they may facilitate civil action and cosmopolitan citizenship.

She has published extensively on the moral implications of the media in contemporary public life, some of her key themes being the discourses of news on distant suffering; the aesthetic properties of war reporting and the intersection between humanitarianism and corporate communication.


Danish [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]; Greek [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Spanish [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]

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LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7852 3790



Chouliaraki, Lilie and Kissas, Angelos (2018) The communication of horrorism: a typology of ISIS online death videos Critical Studies in Media Communication, 35 (1). 24-39. ISSN 1529-5036


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2017) Post-humanitarianism In: Allen, Tim and Macdonald, Anna and Radice, Henry, (eds.) A Dictionary of Humanitarianism. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781857432817

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2017) Digital footage from conflict zones: the politics of authenticity In: Franklin, Bob and Eldridge II, Scott, (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781138887961

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2017) Symbolic bordering: the self-representation of migrants and refugees in digital news Popular Communication, 15 (2). 78-94. ISSN 1540-5702

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Musaro, Pierluigi (2017) The mediatized border: technologies and affects of migrant reception in the Greek and Italian borders Feminist Media Studies, 17 (4). 535-549. ISSN 1468-0777

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Georgiou, Myria and Zaborowski, Rafal (2017) The European “migration crisis” and the media: A cross-European press content analysis The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Georgiou, Myria (2017) Hospitability: the communicative architecture of humanitarian securitization at Europe's borders Journal of Communication, 67 (2). 159-180. ISSN 0021-9916

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Zaborowski, Rafal (2017) Voice and community in the 2015 refugee crisis: a content analysis of news coverage in eight European countries International Communication Gazette, 79 (6-7). 613-635. ISSN 1748-0485

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Stolic, Tijana (2017) Rethinking media responsibility in the refugee ‘crisis’: a visual typology of European news Media, Culture and Society, 39 (8). 1162-1177. ISSN 0163-4437


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2016) Cosmopolitanism In: Gray, John and Ouelette, L., (eds.) Media Studies. New York University Press, New York, USA.

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2016) Victimhood, voice and power in digital media In: Simonsen, Karen-Margrethe and Kjærgård, Jonas Ross, (eds.) Discursive Framings of Human Rights: Negotiating Agency and Victimhood. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 247-262. ISBN 9781138944503

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2016) Michel Foucault In: Jensen, K.B. and Craig, T.R., (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. The Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication Series, 4. Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley-Blackwell, UK. ISBN 9781118290736

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2016) Concluding comment: moral responsibility and civic responsiveness: spectacles of suffering on digital media Javnost - The Public, 23 (4). 415-419. ISSN 1318-3222

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2016) Citizen voice in war and conflict reporting In: Robinson, Piers and Seib, Phillip and Fröhlich, Romy, (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security. Routledge, London, UK, 377-415. ISBN 9780415712910

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2016) Authoring the self: media, voice and testimony in soldiers memoirs Media, War and Conflict, 8 (4). 58-75. ISSN 1750-6352


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2015) Digital witnessing in war journalism: the case of post-Arab Spring conflicts Popular Communication, 13 (2). 105-119. ISSN 1540-5702

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2015) Afterword: the dialectics of mediation in ‘distant suffering studies’ International Communication Gazette, 77 (7). 708-714. ISSN 1748-0485

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2015) Digital witnessing in conflict zones: the politics of remediation Information, Communication and Society, 18 (11). 1362-1377. ISSN 1369-118X


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2014) Post-humanitarianism: humanitarian communication beyond a politics of pity Oxford University Press

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2014) From war memoirs to milblogs: language change in the witnessing of war, 1914-2014 Discourse and Society, 25 (5). 600-618. ISSN 0957-9265


Chouliaraki, Lilie and Blaagaard, Bolette B. (2013) Special issue: the ethics of images Visual Communication, 12 (3). 253-259. ISSN 1470-3572

Chouliaraki, L. (2013) Mediating vulnerability: cosmopolitanism and the public sphere Media, Culture and Society, 35 (1). 105-112. ISSN 0163-4437

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2013) Liberal ethics and the spectacle of war In: Couldry, Nick and Madianou, Mirca and Pinchevski, Amit, (eds.) Ethics of Media. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 136-160. ISBN 9780230347632

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2013) The humanity of war: iconic photojournalism of the battlefield, 1914–2012 Visual Communication, 12 (3). 315-340. ISSN 1470-3572

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2013) Cosmopolitanism as irony: a critique of post-humanitarianism In: Rosi, Braidotti and Patrick, Hanafin and Bolette, Blaagaard, (eds.) After Cosmopolitanism. Routledge, London, UK, 77-96. ISBN 9780415627214


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) Between pity and irony: paradigms of refugee representation in humanitarian discourse In: Moore, Kerry and Gross, Bernhard and Threadgold, Terry, (eds.) Migrations and the Media. Global crises and the media. Peter Lang, New York, USA. ISBN 9781433107726

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) The ironic spectator: solidarity in the age of post-humanitarianism Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745642109

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) Re-mediation, inter-mediation, trans-mediation Journalism Studies, 14 (2). 267-283. ISSN 1461-670X

Chouliaraki, Lilie, ed (2012) Self-mediation: new media, citizenship and civil selves Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415672122


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

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2011) The theatricality of humanitarianism: a critique of celebrity advocacy Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 9 (1). 1-21. ISSN 1479-1420

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2011) 'Improper distance': towards a critical account of solidarity as irony International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14 (4). 363-381. ISSN 1367-8779


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Discourse and mediation In: Allan, Stuart, (ed.) Rethinking Communication: Keywords in Communication Research. Hampton Press, New York, USA. ISBN 1572739567

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Global representations of distant suffering In: Coupland, Nikolas, (ed.) The Handbook of Language and Globalization. Blackwell handbooks in linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, USA, 608-625. ISBN 9781405175814

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Self-mediation: new media and citizenship Critical Discourse Studies, 7 (4). 227-232. ISSN 1740-5904

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Ordinary witnessing in post-television news: towards a new moral imagination Critical Discourse Studies, 7 (4). 305-319. ISSN 1740-5904

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Fairclough, Norman (2010) Critical discourse analysis organizational studies: towards an integrationist methodology Journal of Management Studies, 47 (6). 1213 -1218. ISSN 0022-2380

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Morsing, Mette, eds (2010) Media, organizations and identity Macmillan Publishers Limited, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230515512

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Post-humanitarianism: humanitarian communication beyond a politics of pity International Journal of Cultural Studies, 13 (2). 107-126. ISSN 1367-8779


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2009) Journalism and the visual politics of war and conflict In: Allan, Stuart, (ed.) Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. Routledge, London, UK, 520-533. ISBN 9780415465298

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2009) Witnessing war: economies of regulation in reporting war and conflict Communication Review, 12 (3). 215-226. ISSN 1071-4421


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2008) The media as moral education: mediation and action Media, Culture and Society, 30 (6). 831-852. ISSN 0163-4437

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2008) Distant suffering in the media. In: Professor Lilie Chouliaraki Inaugural Public Lecture, 27 February 2008, LSE

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2008) Symbolic power of transnational media: managing the visibility of suffering Global Media and Communication, 4 (3). 329-351. ISSN 1742-7665

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2008) The mediation of suffering and the vision of a cosmopolitan public Television and New Media, 9 (5). 371-391. ISSN 1552-8316

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2008) Discourse analysis In: Bennett, Tony and Frow, John, (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Cultural Analysis. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 674-698. ISBN 9780761942290


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2007) Mediation, text and action In: Bhatia, Vijay and Flowerdew, John and Jones, Rodney, (eds.) Advances in Discourse Studies. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415398107

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2007) Global politics-local action: the discursive politics of mediation In: Hansen, Hans Krause and Salskov-Iversen, Dorte, (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Private Authority in Global Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9781403989468

Chouliaraki, Lilie, ed (2007) Soft power of war Benjamins current topics. John Benjamins Publishing, Philadelphia, PA. ISBN 9789027222336


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2006) Spectatorship of suffering SAGE, London. ISBN 9780761970392

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Beckett, Charlie and Mansell, Robin (2006) Morality and media in the 21st Century - a panel in celebration of the work of Professor Roger Silverstone. In: Morality and media in the 21st Century - a panel in celebration of the work of Professor Roger Silverstone, 16 October 2006, London, UK

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2006) Towards an analytics of mediation Critical Discourse Studies, 3 (2). 153-178. ISSN 1740-5904

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2006) Aestheticization of suffering on television Visual Communication, 5 (3). 261-285. ISSN 1470-3572


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2005) The soft power of war: legitimacy and community in Iraq war discourses Journal of Language and Politics, 4 (1). 1-10. ISSN 1569-2159

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2005) Universal and particular meanings: the dynamics of dialogic interaction DELTA Documentacao de Estudos em Linguistica Teorica e Aplicada, 7 (2-3). ISSN 0102-4450

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2005) Spectacular ethics: On the television footage of the Iraq war Journal of Language and Politics, 4 (1). 143-159. ISSN 1569-2159


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2004) Media discourse in the public sphere In: Howarth, David and Torfing, Jacob, (eds.) Discourse Theory in European Politics: Identity, Policy, and Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 275-297. ISBN 9781403917195

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2004) Watching 11 September: the politics of pity Discourse and Society, 15 (2-3). 185-198. ISSN 0957-9265


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2002) Contingency of universality: some thoughts on discourse and realism Social Semiotics, 12 (1). 83-114. ISSN 1035-0330


Chouliaraki, Lilie (2000) Reflexivity and late modern identity In: Reisigl, Martin and Wodak, Ruth, (eds.) Semiotics of Racism. Passagen Verlag, Vienna, 305-330. ISBN 3851653688

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2000) Youth politics in television Secretariat for Youth, Ministry of Education, Athens, Greece.

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2000) Political discourse in the news : democratizing responsibility or aestheticizing politics? Discourse and Society, 11 (3). 293-314. ISSN 0957-9265


Chouliaraki, Lilie and Fairclough, Norman (1999) Discourse in late modernity: rethinking critical discourse analysis Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780748610822

Chouliaraki, Lilie (1999) Media discourse and national identity: death and myth in a news broadcast In: Wodak, Ruth and Ludwig, Christoph, (eds.) Challenges in a Changing World: Issues in Critical Discourse Analysis. Passagen, Vienna, 37-62. ISBN 3851653254

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Fairclough, Norman (1999) Language and power in Bourdieu: on Hasan's “the disempowerment game” Linguistics and Education, 10 (4). 399-409. ISSN 0898-5898

Chouliaraki, Lilie (1999) Regulative practices in a 'progressivist' classroom: 'good habits' as a 'disciplinary technology' Language and Education, 10 (2). 103-118. ISSN 0950-0782


Chouliaraki, Lilie (1998) Power and heteroglossia in institutional talk In: Cacoullos, Ann and Sifianou, Maria, (eds.) Anatomies of Silence : Selected Papers [From The] Second Hase International Conference on Autonomy of Logos. Parousia, Athens, Greece, 246-257. ISBN 9789608424111

Chouliaraki, Lilie (1998) Regulation in `progressivist' pedagogic discourse: individualized teacher-pupil talk Discourse and Society, 9 (1). 5-32. ISSN 0957-9265


Chouliaraki, Lilie (1997) Media discourse and national identity among young Greeks Secretariat for Youth, Ministry of Education, Athens, Greece.


Chouliaraki, Lilie (1995) The constitution of ethnographic texts in social scientific discourse: ‘realist’ and 'polyphonic’ representations Interface: Journal of Applied Linguistics, 10 (1). 27-46.

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This book explores the communication strategies of major humanitarian players and shows how the ethics of solidarity has changed in the past half century.

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ICA 2015 Outstanding Book of the Year Award for The Ironic Spectator: solidarity in the age of post-humanitarianism (Polity Press, 2012)

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