MC420      Half Unit
Identity, Transnationalism and the Media

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Myria Georgiou STC. S119a


This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Society, MSc in Gender, Media and Culture, MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC), MSc in Media and Communications, MSc in Media and Communications (Research) and MSc in Media, Communication and Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course examines the relation between identity and the media in the context of diaspora and transnationalism. The course examines meanings of identity at present times, especially as these are formed through experiences of mediated and physical transnational mobility. As migration and symbolic mobility, especially through the media, inform each other it becomes almost impossible to understand identity outside the context of mediation. The course is organised in three main thematic units. The first unit provides the conceptual entry point to the course. The second unit focuses on the modes of transnational communication: television, cinema and the internet. The third unit focuses on the spaces of transnational communication: the city, the nation and the transnational space. Each unit and lecture contributes to the understanding of identity in a world that is increasingly interconnected and networked.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit one essay of 1,500 words.

Indicative reading

Appadurai, A. (2006) Fear of Small Numbers, Duke University Press; Bailey, Guedes O., M. Georgiou and R.Harindranath (eds.) (2007) Transnational Lives and the Media: Reimagining Diasporas, Palgrave; Beck, U. (2006) Cosmopolitan Vision. Cambridge: Polity; Bhabha, H. (1994) The Location of Culture, Routledge; Du Gay, P. et al. (eds.) (2000) Identity: A Reader, Sage; Hall, S. and P. du Gay (eds.) (1996) Questions of Cultural Identity, Sage; Georgiou, M. (2006). Diaspora, Identity and the Media: Diasporic Transnationalism and Mediated Spatialities, Hampton Press; Gilroy, P. (2004) After Empire: Multiculture or Postcolonial Melancholia, Routledge; Harvey, D. (2006) 'Cosmopolitanism and the Banality of Geographical Evils' in The British Journal of Sociology 2006 (57) 1; Naficy, H. (ed.) (1998) Home, Exile, Homeland, Routledge; Ong, A. (1999) Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality, Duke University Press; Werbner, P. (2008) Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism: Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives, Berg; Vertovec, S (2009) Transnationalism, Routledge.


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.

To be submitted in week 2 of Summer Term.

Teachers' comment

The course examines individual and collective identities at times of growing interconnections across boundaries.

Students' comment

"I would recommend it to people interested in questions of globalisation and identity."

Key facts

Department: Media & Communications

Total students 2012/13: 45

Average class size 2012/13: 15

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills