Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Professor Emily Keightley BSc, MA, PhD Loughborough University

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Professor of Media and Memory Studies

After gaining her PhD from Loughborough University in 2007, Emily joined the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough in the same year as a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies. In 2012 she became Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies. Emily is currently the Programme Director for two of the postgraduate programmes run in the department; Media and Cultural Analysis, and Global Media and Cultural Industries. Emily has also taken up a post as assistant editor on the international journal Media, Culture and Society in February 2011. Along with her colleagues Aswin Punathambekar (Michigan) and Anastasia Kavada (Westminster), she has editorial responsibility for the Commentary section of the journal.

Emily’s main research interest is memory, time and its mediation in everyday life. She is particularly concerned with the role of media in the relationship between individual, social and cultural memory. Emily’s research explores the roles of photography and phonography in the articulation of everyday memory and the gendered nature of mnemonic experience. Emily’s research also involves the exploration of the temporal structures of modernity, and she has interests in cultural transmission and mobility.

Emily has just been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award to run a five year project on cultural memories of Partition. The project is due to start in October 2017.

Her previous research project 'Media of Remembering: Photography and Phonography in Everyday Remembering' 2010-2013 was also funded by the Leverhulme Trust and investigated the role of remembering in everyday life and the role of media and communications technologies in these practices and processes.

Emily co-supervises a number of PhD students covering topics such as the politics of memory surrounding the Bhopal gas disaster, memories of child crime, and talk shows and the public sphere.  She welcomes applications for supervision in areas including, but not limited to mediated time, social and cultural memory, media and gender, and everyday media use.

Emily teaches on the BSc Communication and Media Studies, MA Media and Cultural Analysis, and MA Global Media and Cultural Industries. She contributes to core undergraduate modules on Researching Communications and Communication and Cultural Theory and she offers an optional module on Media, Memory and History. ON the postgraduate programmes Emily teaches on core modules including Media and Modernity and Textual Analysis Research Techniques. She also offers and Option in Heritage Industries and Cultural Memory.

  • Time, Media and Modernity (ed.) Palgrave Macmillan. 2012.

Time, Media and Modernity is an intervention in the theorisation of time. The essays will collectively consider how time is structured by media technologies, how it is represented in cultural texts, and how it is experienced in different social contexts and environments. This will provide an alternative account of contemporary culture which will highlight the multiplicity of temporal structures, logics, modes and experiences in late modernity, in contrast to the existing dominant narrative of speed and acceleration.

  • The Mnemonic Imagination. (Memory Studies series, Palgrave Macmillan). 2012, (with Michael Pickering)

Creative Memory addresses areas that have been relatively ignored or overlooked in the study of memory and its mediation. In particular it seeks to re-examine relationships between memory and imagination, experience and memory, and individual and social dimensions of remembering, and in doing so develops a number of original new concepts in order to encourage new ways of thinking where orthodoxy and convention currently seem to prevail.

  • Research Methods for Memory Studies (ed.) Edinburgh University Press. Forthcoming. (With Michael Pickering).

This new textbook redresses the neglect of practical research methods in the emergent field of memory studies. It provides students and researchers with a clear set of outlines and discussions of particular methods of research. It offers not only expert appraisals of a range of techniques and approaches in memory studies, but also focuses on methods and methodology in order to help bring unity and coherence to this new field of study.


  • ‘Communities of Memory and the Problem of Transmission’ European Journal of Cultural Studies. Forthcoming. With Michael Pickering
  • ‘The Self Interview: A new method in social science research’. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Forthcoming. With Michael Pickering and Nicola Allett
  • ‘Mediating Time: Temporal Distance, Difference and late Modern Media’ Time and Society. Forthcoming.
  • ‘From Dynasty to Songs of Praise: Television as Cultural Resource for Gendered Remembering’. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 2011
  • ‘Remembering Research: Memory and Method in the Social Sciences’ International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 13(1) 55 – 70. 2010
  • ‘Trauma, Discourse and Communicative Limits’ Critical Discourse Studies. 6(4) 237-249. With Michael Pickering. 2009.
  • ‘Les deux voies du passé: le ressouvenir, entre progrès et perte’ Cahiers de Recherche Sociologique. 44: Septembre 2007, pp. 83-97. With Michael Pickering.
  • ‘Echoes and Reverberations: Photography and Phonography as Historical Forms’ Media History, 13: 2/3, August 2007, pp. 273-288. With Michael Pickering.
  • ‘For The Record: Popular Music and Photography as Technologies of Memory” European Journal of Cultural Studies. 9: 2, May 2006, pp. 149-165.
  • ‘The Modalities of Nostalgia’ Current Sociology. 54: 6, November 2006, pp. 919-941. With Michael Pickering