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Culture and Media Analysis Research Group

CaMARG brings together staff and research students in the Department of Social Sciences and across the University engaged in studying, researching, and writing about all aspects of both media and cultural life. It is interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from across the social sciences and humanities to explore institutional formations, expressive forms, and everyday practices.

Themes

  • Citizenship and cultural identities.
  • Cultural histories and media.
  • Cultural transitions in Europe and the World.
  • Digital media and the Internet.
  • Global flows and formations.
  • Language, discourse and journalism.
  • Media and cultural industries.
  • Media and memory.
  • Media and religion.
  • Political communication.

In collaboration with the Cultural Communities, Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship Research Group (CulCom) and the Media and Cultural History Research Group (MACH), CaMARG organizes the CRCC seminar series. Seminars are held during semesters every Wednesday from 1 to 2 PM.

Screening Socialism: Television and Everyday Life in Socialist Eastern Europe (2013-16)

Dr Sabina Mihelj was awarded a £242,000 grant from the Leverhulme Trust to conduct a large-scale comparative study of popular television, political change and memory in socialist Eastern Europe. The results are expected to bring vital insights into the nature of socialist societies and cultures and the reasons for their collapse, as well as contribute to a better understanding of post-socialist memory formation and the dynamics of memory and its relationship to the media more generally. The project will cover five socialist countries and will draw on archival sources, quantitative and qualitative analysis of popular television series, contemporary audience research and life-story interviews.

Changes in British Election News Reporting, 1918-2010 (2013-14)

Professor David Deacon has been awarded £39,000 by the Leverhulme Trust to conduct an analysis of changes in British election news reporting since 1918. In recent UK General Election campaigns, politicians’ complaints about journalists’ negativity and failure to engage with ‘real issues’ have been roughly equalled in prominence by journalists’ laments about the stultifying effects of ‘spin’ and PR on healthy democratic dialogue. Most participants in this blame-game present these problems as being comparatively recent in origin, but this study opens this assumption up to question by conducting a unique historical content analysis of general election coverage in the British national press between December 1918 and May 2010.

IMPRINTS: Identity Management: Public Responses to Identity Technologies and Services (2011-14)

Professor Liesbet van Zoonen of Loughborough University and a team of colleagues from Dundee, Essex and Northumbria universities have received a £1.36m grant to examine taboos and desires around future technologies of ‘identity management’. The three-year IMPRINTS project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). An additional grant has been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security in America to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to simultaneously conduct the study in the US. IMPRINTS aims to assess how and why UK and US publics will engage with particular future practices, services and technologies of identity management, while resisting others. For more information Click here.

Media of remembering (2010-13)

Emily Keightley and Michael Pickering have received a three year research grant of £106,810 from the Leverhulme Trust to investigate how photography and music, as processes of recording and retrieval which appeal to two distinct senses of perception, act as vehicles of memory in everyday contexts. Using in-depth interviews, the project attends to the various ways in which the technologies are used by people of different genders, ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds in articulating relationships between the past, present and future. The empirical data is used to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between individual memory and its social and cultural contexts, bringing the personal and collective dimensions of remembering into view of one another. For more information Click here.Memory Studies Group