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The Department of Media and Communications hosts a range of events, from large public lectures to smaller seminars, across a broad spectrum of topics relating to media and communications. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.

Members of the Department are frequently invited to give talks and participate in events off the LSE campus. These events often take place abroad. Events of this nature are listed below with brackets. 

Upcoming events


The Politics of Inequality: why should we focus on resistance from below?

Wednesday 27 January 2021, 2pm - 3.30pm

While it is now widely accepted that inequality is the defining issue of our time and there is growing research on the drivers and impacts of inequalities, there has been less focus on how inequalities are experienced and resisted by ordinary people and communities. The newly launched Politics of Inequality research theme at the International Inequalities Institute explores the practices of resistance, mobilisation, and contestation from a bottom-up perspective.

Speakers include: Professor Ellen Helsper

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Mothering and Work, Mothering as Work

Thursday 28 January 2021, 6pm - 7.30pm

In this event we will grapple with past and present experiences of mothering. How can we tell a story of maternal labour in the past, in the absence of data? What does it mean to study mothering today, in the context of intensified neoliberalism? How does mothering enter the radar of policymakers? And what is the relationship between these questions and how we study them in contemporary academia?

Speaker: Professor Shani Orgad, Professor Sarah Knott and Jess Brammar

Chair: Professor Wendy Sigle


The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism

Thursday 25 February 2021 6pm - 7.30pm

Nick Couldry and Ulises Ali Mejias will discuss their book, The Costs of Connection: How Data Colonizes Human Life and Appropriates it for Capitalism.

Couldry and Mejias argue that the role of data in society needs to be grasped as not only a development of capitalism, but as the start of a new phase in human history that rivals in importance the emergence of historic colonialism. This new "data colonialism" is based not on the extraction of natural resources or labour, but on the appropriation of human life through data, paving the way for a further stage of capitalism. 

Speakers: Professor Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias

Chair: Dr Bingchun Meng


Digital by Default: the COVID-19 generation

Almost overnight, following lockdown, children’s lives became digital by default. Join us for this discussion where leading experts critically reflect on how children’s experiences, needs and rights are being, and could be better, served in a digital world.  

Speakers: Patricio Cuevas-Parra, Laurie Day, Maya Göetz and Konstantinos Papachristou

Chair: Professor Sonia Livingstone

Recent events


Journalism AI Festival 2020

Monday 7 - Friday 11 December 2020

A week long celebration of the best innovation at the intersection of journalism and AI. The Festival will be a celebration of some of the most exciting developments at the intersection of AI and journalism that we have witnessed over these 24 months and a unique occasion to bring together our global network.

Find out more about the festival and the programme of events here.


Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser leads a seminar on Gender and Identity at Loughborough University

Thursday 19 November 2020, 2pm - 4.30pm

The webinar will feature papers addressing how claims to “real” femininity and masculinity are contested and how gender politics frequently involves the negotiation of competing claims to authentic voices, bodies and gendered ways of being.

Register here


Media@LSE Virtual Research Exhibition 

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 6.30pm - 8pm

Explore the ground-breaking research of faculty, doctoral researchers and students in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE, by gaining a hands-on virtual experience of their work through interactive videos, posters, and visualizations of their work on this virtual exhibition space, created in collaboration with interactive platform Artsteps.

View the exhibition here.

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Rapid Response Publishing Roundtable

Friday 6 November 2020, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Join us for a virtual roundtable discussion followed by a Q&A.

Register here

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Launch: Digital City of Refuge

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 6pm - 7pm

Stories from London, Berlin and Athens exploring the experiences of newcomers and civic actors in the Digital City of RefugeA creative collaboration based on an LSE research project.



Data-driven Responses to COVID-19: opportunities and limitations

Thursday 15 October 2020, 1pm - 2.15pm

With many activities moving online, there is growing pressure to implement a range of data–driven responses as “obvious” solutions to various COVID–19 concerns. These range from contact tracing to address the spread of the disease, through the use of AI in the dashboards that allocate health resources to identifying and supporting vulnerable individuals.

Speakers include: Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan

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Parenting for a Digital Future: how hopes and fears about technology shape children's lives

Thursday 24 September 2020, 4pm - 5.30pm

In the decades it takes to bring up a child, parents face challenges that are both helped and hindered by the fact that they are living through a period of unprecedented digital innovation. Join us for this event to launch Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross' new book, Parenting for a Digital Future.

Speakers include: Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Alicia Blum-Ross.

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Digital Technologies in the Lives of Children and Young People

Friday 18 September 2020, 3pm - 4.15pm

The lives of children in Europe are becoming digital by default. Information and communication technologies are valued for the opportunities they afford to young generations for participation, skill development, learning and future employability. But how are children and young people engaging with digital technologies? What are the impacts of digital technologies on children’s and young people’s health, lifestyles, well-being, safety and security?

Chair: Professor Sonia Livingstone.

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LSE Research Showcase

Ground Floor and Mezzanine Area, New Academic Building

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

Children’s data and privacy online: growing up in a digital age

Do you know how your data is shared and used? Or how to protect your privacy online? If your child asks you about their data, would you know how to guide them? Over the past year, we’ve been talking to children, parents and educators about online data and privacy. We found that children are becoming aware of the commercial uses of their data and they care about their privacy, but there are important gaps in their digital skills. Children often turn to their parents and teachers for guidance, but adults also struggle to understand the complex digital environment and to know how to advise children. We developed a toolkit to promote understanding and empower your family or classroom to protect your privacy online.

Presenter: Dr Mariya Stoilova, Department of Media and Communications.

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Researchers of the Future

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

How do people make decisions, like deciding whether to protest for climate change, what to spend money on, or whether to cheat on a test? LSE is home to a lot of research that tries to understand human behaviour and decisions like these. Some of this research is specifically about young people. Come learn more about it and also give your input into what researchers should be studying and how. Our Behavioural Lab will be set up with hands-on demonstrations and activities from several faculty members. You can try activities from previous and current research, see the space, and talk with researchers about this type of science.

Speakers include: Shakuntala Banaji, associate professor of media and communications at the LSE. Her recent publications include the LSE report WhatsApp Vigilantes: An exploration of citizen reception and circulation of WhatsApp misinformation linked to mob violence in India.

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Imagining our Futures

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

If you could do one thing to change the world, what would that be? What do LSE academics think we should start, stop and continue doing? Join us as we explore how people can shape the world with their actions.

Simidele Dosekun is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Her research centres African women to explore questions of gender, race, subjectivity, and power in a global context. Her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Feminism and Psychology, Qualitative Inquiry, and Feminist Africa, among others. Before joining the department, she was a lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Sussex. She received her PhD in gender and cultural studies from King’s College London.

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Slowing the Smart City by Alison Powell.

Thursday 5 March 2020, 12.30pm - 2.00pm 

FAW 9.05 9th Floor, Fawcett House, Clement's Inn, WC2A 2AZ

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Propaganda and Democratic Resistance

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

Speakers include: Shakuntala Banaji, associate professor of media and communications at the LSE. Her recent publications include the LSE report WhatsApp Vigilantes: An exploration of citizen reception and circulation of WhatsApp misinformation linked to mob violence in India.

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World


Complexity, hybridity, liminality: Challenges of researching contemporary promotional cultures workshop. 

Friday 21 Februrary 2020 

The workshop is a full day of discussion and deliberation  out the ways in which current consultation processes about copyright could evolve to be more inclusive.

45 people are planning on attending, from a range of industries and including members of the public.

The conference addresses the challenges of researching the complex, hybrid and liminal nature of promotion in a range of ways, and it’s co-sponsored by the ECREA Organisational and Strategic Communication section; the Department of Media and Communications, LSE; and the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester.

Dr Lee Edwards will be speaking at the conference. 

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The Department of Media and Communications take part in the Lisbon Winter School. 

January 7-11 2020

Events in which the Department are participating in include: 

- Compulsory Continuous Connectedness: Liveness and Senses of Uncertainty in Mainstream Social Media by Ludmila Lupinacci, PHD researcher in the Department. 

- Science and Expertise under Fire: Political Control, Online Harassment and Freedom of Expression chaired by Sarah Banet-Weiser

- Media, Precarity and Uncertainty Room: chaired by Sonia Livingstone. 

- Debunking Fear: Ordinary Testimony and Emotional Evidence in the Mediation of Crime and Policing Kat Higgins, PHD researcher in the Department. 

“We’re all Told not to Put our Eggs in One Basket”: The Extension of Neoliberal Worker Subject in the Online Video Industry Zoë Glatt, PHD researcher in the Department.

- Media, Migration and Misogyny chaired by  Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser. 

- Does Journalism Have a Future? Keynote by  Victor Pickard, Visiting Professor in the Department.

- Professor Sonia LIvingstone is also giving a keynote. 

- Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser is also on the steeering committee and serves as a convenor. 


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week eight: Alice Piterova

Tuesday 10 December 2019, 5pm - 6pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Piterova is Head of Data Product at AI for Good where she specialises on such fields as artificial intelligence, innovation and digital transformation, big data and tech for good. 


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week seven: Champa Patel 

Tuesday 3 December 2019, 5pm - 6pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Patel is Head of the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House.


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week six: Sherry Collins and Swarzy Macaly. 

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 5pm - 6pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Collins is the founder, editor and creative director of The Pitch Fanzine. A movement to challenge inequality, discrimination and the lack of diversity in the creative industry, whilst simultaneously showcasing outstanding contemporary talent in its publication Pitch.

Swarzy Macaly is a radio presenter at KISS FM with her own show on KISS Fresh every Monday to Thursday from 11pm-Midnight, and Saturdays from 11am-3pm. Swarzy is also the official young voice of BBC Sounds, a contributor to Dotun Adebayo’s BBC Radio 5 Live show every third Sunday of the month, and hosts many events with various brands including o2 Go Think Big, DICE, and LevileTV.

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'It's Time to Change Everything': Media and Communications and the Return of Global Uprisings in 2019

Speakers: Omar Al-Ghazzi (LSE), Bingchun Meng (LSE), César Jiménez-Martínez (Cardiff University)


Will the UK be the "Safest" Place in the World to Go Online? (And do we want it to be?)

Chair: Professor Sonia Livingstone

Speakers: Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning, Professor Robin Mansell, Dr Victor Pickard

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Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week six: Rachel Jupp. 

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 5pm - 6pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Rachel Jupp is Editor for the flagship BBC investigations programme, Panorama. First broadcast in 1953, Panorama is the world’s longest current affairs programme. Appointed to the role in 2016, she was previously Head of Home News at Channel 4 News and Deputy Editor for the BBC’s current affairs programme, Newsnight.

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Polis to present the Journalism AI report at Hackers London. [Off campus event]

Monday 18 November 2020, 6.30pm at Google London, 1-13 St Giles High Street,London WC2H 8AG.

The Report, shares the experiences of seventy plus news organisations on A.I and their thoughts on strategy, ethics, editorial, and the future of news.

Find out more

To register to attend click here


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week five: Sarfraz Manzoor. 

Tuesday 12 November 2020, 5pm - 6pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Manzoor is a British journalist, documentary maker, and broadcaster. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, presenter of documentaries on BBC Radio 4, and a cultural commentator who appears on programmes such as Newsnight Review and Saturday Review.

The  succesful 2019 film Blinded by the Light was written by Sarfraz Manzoor and is based on his memoir.

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Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week five: Lucy Thomas. 

Tuesday, 29th October, 5-6, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Lucy Thomas is a senior director at global communications firm Edelman, which advises businesses on politics and communication. She was deputy director of Britain Stronger in Europe, the Remain campaign for the UK to stay within the European Union, and is a former BBC producer. Previous roles include Deputy Director of Business for New Europe and Head of Communications for the World Dementia Envoy & Council.


Youth Citizenship in Brexit Britain: Challenges and Opportunities by Dr Sam Mejias.

Tuesday 29th October. 

12pm- 1pm

FAW 9.04, Fawcett House.


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week four: Sereena Abbassi. 

Tuesday 22nd October, 5-6, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Abbassi  is the Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion at M&C Saatchi Group.

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Report launch and discussion: WhatsApp Vigilantes: An exploration of citizen reception and circulation of WhatsApp misinformation linked to mob violence in India

Thursday 17th October 2019, 18.00 – 19.30. Thai Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)

Shakuntala Banaji and Ram Bhat with Anushi Agarwal, Nihal Passanha and Mukti Sadhana Pravin

Chaired by Dr. Omar Al-Ghazzi

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Professor Sonia Livingstone gives a keynote  at the Child Friendly Cities Summit, Cologne. (October 2019). [off campus event]

Her talk is entitled: Children online: risks and opportunities. 

Find out more about the Summit. 


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week three Emma Barnett.

Tuesday 15th October, 5-6, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Barnett is an  an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. By day, she presents The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live in which she interviews key figures shaping our times, from the Prime Minister to those who would very much like to be.

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City of refuge or digital order? A cross-European story of migration and the city by Professor Myria Georgiou. Talk at the University of Leeds. [off campus event]

This talk explores how the city becomes a space of connection and disconnection, and of solidarity and struggle in the context of migration.

Thursday 10 October 2019- 1:30 to 2:30pm

Hosted by the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds. 


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: Week two: Jamie Angus. 

Tuesday 8th October, 5-6, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Free to all, no registration required. 

Angus is the Director of BBC World Service Group.

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Goldstone screening and discussion. 

Thursday 3rd of October, 17-1930, 7.01A- Penthick-Lawrence House. 

Dr Banaji, Associate  Professor and  Director for MSc Media, Communication and Development  will facilitate a discussion after the screening of Goldstone as part of Decolonising LSE Week.

Goldstone grapples with the politics of representing the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. 

The discussion will focus on the politics of representation when it comes to oppressed groups. 


Combatting Inequality: tackling unfairness in wealth, jobs and care

Monday 07 October 2019 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Chaired by Professor Ellen Helsper: 


- Professor Mike Savage,Professor Beverley Skegg, Professor David Soskice


Media and Communications in Action Talks 2019: week one: Finola McDonnell.

Tuesday 1st October, 17-1930, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincolns Inn Fields.

McDonnell is Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at the Financial Times.


No Go World: how fear is redrawing our maps and infecting our politics

Monday 10 June 2019

Speakers: Dr Ruben Andersson, Professor Myria Georgiou and Professor Erik Berglof (Chair)

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LSE Migration Symposium:  

Politics of bordering: subjectivities, technologies, media

Speakers: Nicola Mai, Georgie Wemyss, Lukasz Szulc, Tijana Stolic, Kevin Smets, Maria Kyriakidou, Myria Georgiou, Lilie Chouliaraki


Fantasies and injuries of motherhood and work

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Speakers:  Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, Rosalind Gill, Shani Orgad, Sarah Banet-Weiser (Chair)

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‘Even When I Fall’: Q&A screening with the filmmakers

Wednesday, March 20th

Speakers:  Sky Neal (pictured), Kate McLarnon, Winnie M Li, Dr. Sumi Madhok (chair).

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On Loop and in the Crossfade: The Music of Here and There

Thursday 14th March 2019

Speakers: Josh Kun, Duval Timothy (pictured), Sarah Banet-Weiser (chair)


The Price of Black Motherhood

Monday 11 March 2019

Speakers: Professor Kate Baldwin, Shani Orgad (Chair)


Are We Heading Towards a Digital Dystopia?

Speakers: Sam Byers, Alison Powell (pictured), Orla Lynskey, Charlie Beckett (chair).

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Media Representations of Domestic Violence 

Thursday 7 February 2019

Speakers: Penny East, Nathalie McDermott, Zing Tsjeng, Sadie Wearing (Chair)


Who Owns The News? – Report Launch Event: The Future of National News Agencies in Europe

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Speakers: Christine Buhagiar, Madhav Chinnappa, Terhi Rantanen, Henrik Örnebring, Sarah Banet-Weiser (Chair)


Fighting misinformation: the launch of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission report

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Speakers: Polly Curtis, Sonia Livingstone, Damian Tambini, Charlie Beckett (Chair)


Changing cultures of witnessing: paintings, selfies, hashtags

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Speakers: Lilie Chouliaraki, Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Barbie Zelizer (pictured), Sarah Banet-Weiser (Chair)


We, the people: political, media and popular discourses of ‘us’ and ‘them’

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2018

Keynotes: Michael Cox, Michał Krzyżanowski, Francisco Panizza, Yannis Stavrakakis


News media in Western Europe: populism and politics

Monday 1 October 2018

Speakers: Amy S. Mitchell (pictured); Charlie Beckett (Chair)


Choosing to be smart: algorithms, AI, and avoiding the inevitability of unequal futures

Thursday 20 September 2018

Speakers: Seeta Peña Gangadharan (pictured), Seda Gürses, Barry Lynn, Bev Skeggs (Chair)

The Politics of Chinese Media

Book launch: Postcolonial Imaginaries, Post-socialist Realities: Media, agency and modernity in India and China

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Speakers: Shakuntala Banaji, Bingchun Meng, David Buckingham, Harriet Evans

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Digital Dominance: the power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Speakers: Paddy Barwise, Sonia Livingstone, Martin Moore, Damian Tambini


Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth

Thursday 31 May 2018

Speakers: Shakuntala Banaji, Beth Foster-Ogg, Katy Herrington, Mete Coban, Sam Mejias


The Marketplace of Attention

Speakers: James G. Webster, Kim Christian Schrøder, Nick Couldry

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Thursday 3 May 2018

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Restoring Trust: how do we tackle the crisis in public information?

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Speakers: James Ball, Charlie Beckett, Damian Collins MP, Sophie Gaston, Sonia Livingstone

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Writing Fiction to Dramatise Inequality

Speakers: Louise Doughty, Nicola Lacey, Winnie M. Li, Shani Orgad


The Vision of Empowerment: Popular feminism and popular misogyny

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Speakers: Sarah Banet-Weiser; Shani Orgad, Robin Mansell

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Post-Truth: Why we have reached peak bullshit and what we can do about it

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Speaker: Evan Davis, Charlie Beckett


Inequality in China: emotional costs and political risks

Friday 29 September 2017

Speakers: Wanning Sun, Bingchun Meng

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Anniversary events

Our 10th Anniversary Conference

On 16th June 2013, the Department of Media and Communications at LSE celebrated its 10th Anniversary, bringing together LSE scholars with leading international figures in the field.

15th anniversary MSc Global Media & Communications

Over 100 alumni, students and colleagues attended the  seminar in the Shaw Library and the festive dinner at the Senior Common Room. The event did not only celebrate the MSc with USC, but also the double programme with Fudan University in Shanghai founded in 2008 and the new programme with the University of Cape Town, founded 2017.

10th anniversary MSc Global Media & Communications

Thanks to our fantastic LA hosts, LSE alumni Michael and Haley Miller, who hosted the gala celebration for the 10th anniversary of our MSc Global Media & Communications, with USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.