PhD Symposium 2019

Disruption, Transition and Transformation 

A transdisciplinary early-career research Symposium hosted by the LSE Department of Media and Communications

9th March 2019

Silverstone Room, PEL 7.01A

This Symposium was designed to offer PhD students and other early-career academics an engaged and supportive audience with which to share their work and receive critical, constructive feedback on research in progress. This transdisciplinary event will be an opportunity for participants to meet and engage with other researchers working on similar topics or problematics. We want to bring contemporary research in Media and Communication into productive dialogue with other disciplinary perspectives and, in turn, to introduce researchers based within other disciplines to the work currently being done in our own field. In this way, this Symposium hopes to contribute towards fostering a transdisciplinary research community that is equipped to challenge the boundaries that limit our capacity to interpret and interrogate current phenomena.

The theme for the Symposium is Disruption, Transition and Transformation. In order to facilitate a diverse range of submissions and discussions on the day, we have left this theme intentionally broad. However, the focus of the Symposium is on moments of upheaval and discontinuity – within our disciplinary institutions, our practices as social science researchers, and in the world at large. What is the productive potential of disruption? How can we, as social researchers and theorists, keep step with the rapid permutations of power, culture and everyday experience in the social environments we study? These are the big questions that will drive our discussions.

We are delighted that our Head of Department Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser will be the keynote speaker for this Symposium.

The event is free of charge for participants and attendees. To secure your place, please register via Eventbrite.

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