Paraphrasing UEA's motto, we like to do politics differently. We are, of course, concerned with traditional political issues such as migration, citizenship, populism, political parties and the EU. But we are also united by a desire to understand the distribution of material and, in particular, symbolic resources at different levels of society.
Our overriding interest in the symbolic- or the burgeoning field of cultural politics- means that we pay a great deal of attention to the working of media, both at the institutional level (how major media institutions are regulated and organised) and at the level of the everyday, investigating people's quotidian and extraordinary media practices.
By bringing together insights from media and cultural studies, which are often interested in the everyday activities of 'ordinary' people with those from political science and sociology, which look at wider political and social contexts, our research has three main objectives:
- to offer fresh perspectives on how power operates in the political, social and cultural spheres;
- to explore how media, as technologies and symbolic content, are appropriated and influence the field of politics;
- and to critically engage with power relations and a range of regulatory authorities in order to offer better solutions for tackling processes of inequality and exclusion in the contemporary era.
Our research can be divided into three main clusters;
- Politics of culture (gender, citizenship and belonging, globalisation, social movements, identity)
- Media policy and institutions (copyright, Public Service Broadcasting, international organisations)
- Political communication (campaigning, political decision-making, environmental communication, celebrity politics)
We also bring these perspectives to spaces outside higher education. Through the work of the political journals Soundings and Renewal, forms of public engagement with organisations like 'Another Europe is Possible' and publications like Open Democracy and The Guardian, our research bridges academic inquiry and wider public debate.
We are involved in teaching a range of modules in the areas of media, culture, sociology and politics, including ;
New Media and Society; Gender & Power; Media, Globalisation & Culture; International Communication; Sport, Communication & Society; Broadcast Journalism; Introduction to Political Communication; Sound & Society; Politics & Media; Rhetoric: Democracy & the Politics of Persuasion; Politics & Popular Culture, Journalism: Contemporary Professional Practice; Analysing Media Discourses; Public Relations, Public Affairs & the Media.
We are primarily responsible for organising the following courses ; BA’s in Society, Culture & Media, Politics & Media Studies, Culture, Literature & Politics, MA’s in Media, Culture & Society, Media & Cultural Politics and Broadcast Journalism
Current research by members of the group includes;
Below is a list of some of our latest publications
Alexandria Innes - Migration, Citizenship and the Challenge for Security
Sally Broughton Micova – International Journal of Digital Television 6:3 Special Issue
John Street – Music & Politics
We also write for a whole host of other organisations and make regular public appearances to talk about our work;
Glastonbury talk, Left Field, New Radical Movements
More information about members of the group can be found below;