PhD Symposium 2015

Struggle and Resistance in Media and Communications: Structures Versus Agency 

PhD Symposium 2015-1


Date: Friday 19 June 2015 Time: 09:00-18:00 Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE KeynoteDr Bart Cammaerts Opening Address:  Dr Myria Georgiou

Struggle and resistance against established and emerging hierarchies and hegemonies constitute one of the central themes in contemporary media and communications research. On one hand, struggle and resistance broadly constitute newsworthy content in the framework of media production practices. On the other, media are themselves used as tools of protest and participation by individuals, groups, and movements actively engaged in modes of struggle and resistance against power in various manifestations. Further, media as discursive and material social forms have long been subject to diverse challenges and contestations in their own right.

Explorations of this power/resistance dialectic are often considered analytically by drawing upon the opposition or dualism of structure and agency. To what extent do structure and agency serve as a useful heuristic for considering the sorts of questions posed by current scholarship in media and communications?

This symposium seeks to provide a forum for PhD students to engage with questions of struggle and resistance, or structure and agency, as they pertain to the media and communications landscape. We invite PhD students to explore these issues as they relate to the following topics:

  • News, journalism and political communication
  • Media technologies, big data and surveillance
  • Communications labour and forms of work
  • Agency, resistance and forms of protest
  • Media regulation, institutions and globalization
  • Media, ICTs and development
  • Research approaches in media and communications

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Media and Communications Phd Symposium 

PhD researchers from around the world — and from diverse disciplinary backgrounds — participated in a one-day symposium on June 19 focused on ‘Struggle and Resistance in Media and Communication:  Structure Versus Agency.’  The event, hosted by the London School of Economics’ Media and Communications Department, highlighted current debates surrounding media as a key site of struggle in the contemporary world. 

This symposium provided PhD students with an opportunity to engage with questions of hegemony and resistance in the media and communications.

PhD students explored several issues, including:

  • News, journalism and political communication    
  • Media technologies, big data and surveillance    
  • Communications labour and forms of work    
  • Agency, resistance and forms of protest    
  • Media regulation, institutions and globalization    
  • Media, ICTs and development    
  • Research approaches in media and communications

Researchers highlighted their PhD research, provocative ideas and engaging questions. 

The symposium was geared towards PhD candidates in the early stages of their research. The emphasis was on thoughtful discussion and engagement with fellow researchers, along with feedback from leading academics at the LSE Department of Media and Communications.

Keynote speaker Dr. Bart Cammaerts kicked off the one-day symposium with an address highlighting his research about the Occupy movement in the UK. Cammaerts outlined how Occupy ideas (or frames) reverberated through media and the larger public.

The event has been kindly supported by the Department of Media and Communications and the LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre. 

The symposium was organized by Paula Kiel, Anthony Kelly, James Deeley and Nora Kroeger.



09:00                Registration

09:30                Opening remarks: Dr. Myria Georgiou

09:45                Keynote speaker: Dr. Bart Cammaerts 

Panel 1: Representing Resistance

Chair: Paula Kiel, Respondent: Dr. Myria Georgiou

10:30                Hannah Barton, Birkbeck, University of London                           
                         Memes of Protest                                

10:40                Eva Cheuk-Yin Li, King's College London                           
                         Festivalisation of Protest: A Study of Protest Art of Social Movements in Post-Colonial Hong Kong        

10:50                İmge Yıldırım, Yeditepe University              

                         Struggle and Resistance with Media through Media: An Extraordinary Case from Turkey

11:00                Ayesha Omer, New York University                           
                         Sit-ins with the Dead: Hazara Protests in Pakistan

11:10                Q&A

11:40                Coffee Break

Panel 2: Agency and Elites

Chair: Angelos Kissas, Respondent:  Dr. Bart Cammaerts

11:55                Vladimir Cotal San Martin, Örebro Univeristy                          
                          It's Not You and Me!: Labour Media on the Web and the representation of Workers' Working Conditions 

12:05                Juan Ramos Martín, University of Salamanca                           
                         Rhizomatic Structures of Alternative and Community Media: Influence on Bolivian Policy Making 

12:15                Brooks DeCillia, LSE                          
                         Hegemony, Struggle & Resistance: The Contested Framing Dynamic of Canada's Military Mission in Afghanistan

12:25                Brieuc Lits, Université Libre de Bruxelles                          
                         Astroturfing: When Power Entities Create Their Own Resistance Movements 

12:35                Nicholas Benequista, LSE                          
                         From Resistance to Recognition: Reconceptualizing Journalistic Autonomy After the Moral Turn

12:45                Q&A

13:15                Lunch Break

Panel 3: Conceptual and Structural Instabilities

Chair: Nora Kroeger, Respondent: Dr. Wendy Willems

14:15                César Jiménez-Martínez, LSE                          
                         From the Streets to the Stadiums: Struggling for the Image of Brazil in a Time of Crisis 

14:25                José Antonio Brambila, University of Sheffield                          
                         The Subnational Comparative Approach in Communication Studies

14:35                Ayman Alrehaili, Nottingham Trent University                          
                         Media (re)organization in the Arab Spring Countries: How Social Media Redefined Journalism and the Wider Media in Egypt and Tunisia During the Arab Spring

14:45                Richard Fern, University of Sheffield                          
                         Are Environmental Correspondents Extinct? 

14:55                Q&A

15:25                Coffee Break

Panel 4: Agency - Virtual and Actual 

Chair: Anthony Kelly, Respondent: Dr. Alison Powell

15:40                Rupert Knox, University of Sheffield                          
                         Exploring Mexico's Recent Human Rights-Based Resistance Movements and the Role of Social Media

15:50                Güneş Tavmen, Birkbeck, University of London                            
                         Open Data in the City: Smart Citizens and Agency

16:00                Arash Anghaei, University of East London                          
                         Interactive Media, Female Participation and Democracy: Lessons from Iran's Green Movement

16:10                Jacob Johanssen, University of East London                          
                         Affect, Data Ownership and Agency 

16:20                Q&A


16:50                Overall Response to Panels: Dr. Bart Cammaerts

17:00                Closing Discussion

17:30                Wine Reception

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