Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

Research themes

Media, Memory and History

Theme Lead: Dominic Wring
Media play a central role in human engagement with the passage of time, and our work examines both the historical evolution of communication and the involvement of the media in shaping our experience of the past, present and future.

Media, Memory and History is a fast-growing area of expertise at Loughborough which provides a shared focus of research for scholars across the social sciences and humanities. Our researchers work on various aspects of media and communication history, mediated memory, and the relationship between media and time.

For further information on media, memory and history research contact Professor Dominic Wring (d.j.wring@lboro.ac.uk). 

Media, history and social change

Professor Sabina Mihelj talks about her interests in a range of cultural and social aspects of modern media and the relationship with nationalism, religion and the public sphere.

The past, present and future of journalism

James Stanyer talks to Barbie Zelizer about her work on reimagining journalism for the twenty-first century, and about her earlier research on journalism, time, memory and death.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Different aspects of media and cultural history from early modern to contemporary periods – book culture, television, advertising, media and war, popular culture and media, media events, digital media, transnational information networks, audience history;
  • Individual and collective memory, psychological and sociological dynamics of remembering; cultural practices of representing, communication and transmission of memory; transnational remembering and migrant memories; memory, heritage and tourism; post-socialist memory and nostalgia; Holocaust memory and media;
  • The role of communication technologies in shaping perceptions of time; modern media and the temporal organisation of social practices and routines; media rituals;
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media and change over time; longitudinal analysis of media content; media events as critical junctures.

Recent and forthcoming events:

  • International Workshop on Media, Memory and History, September 2016 (co-organised by T. Klein, E. Keightley and S. Mihelj)
  • International Symposium on Media & Time, June 2017 (co-organised by E. Keightley, S. Mihelj and P. Yeandle)
  • Project launch The Missing: Memory, Migration and Partition, February 2018 (co-organised by E. Keightley)
  • Symposium Images of Welfare: Press and Public Attitudes to Poverty 35 years on, March 2018 (co-organised by D. Wring and M. Monaghan)
  • Networking Workshop on New Media as Heritage, June 2018 (organised by S. Natale)
  • AHRC Workshop on Protest Memories, September 2018 (co-organised by E. Keightley)
  • Sandpit and scoping workshop on Modern Slavery, October 2018 (organised by C. Armstrong)
  • Conference White Slavery in Transnational and International Context, 1880-1950 (co-organised by C. Armstrong)

Recent and ongoing funded projects:

Research in cognate areas is also conducted in the School of Arts, English and Drama. For more information see here.

Screening Socialism

The Screening Socialism project, led by Professor Sabina Mihelj, Loughborough University, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust, offers the first transnational, comparative investigation of television in state socialist Eastern Europe.

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