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Cornel joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor in Media and Journalism in 2015. He previously held appointments in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and the University of Surrey and in Media Studies at De Montfort University.
Cornel completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in spring 2001, supported by the DAAD and an FCO Chevening Scholarships. He also holds a MA from the University of Sussex.
He is past Chair and Vice Chair of the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association, ICA Board member, former Co-Editor of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, and currently serves on five editorial boards. He has authored three monographs and edited two anthologies, and his work has been translated into a number of European languages and Mandarin.
Cornel has lead three AHRC funded research projects on fandom, participatory culture and cultural value as Principal investigator.
Cornel’s research focuses on fandom, media reception and use, and participation in their textual and technological premises and social, cultural, economic and political consequences. Drawing on Social, Cultural and Literary Theory in the analysis of media reception, production and fandomhis research centres on a number of overlapping themes reflecting contemporary vectors of convergence:
- The erosion of boundaries between media production and media consumption in convergence culture and the profound transformations of (digital) textuality and the construction of textual fields in acts of reception in ubiquitous media environments.
- The interplay between popular media, fan cultures and identity with particularly reference to cultural globalisation and the emergence of voluntary, postnational communities, as well as the life course
- The intersection of political communication and popular communication, including forms of political discourse, participation and activism in popular culture as well as the converse emergence of forms of fandom and affective attachments in mediated, indirect democracies and their combined impact on the public sphere
- Questions of value and aesthetics in participatory culture, focusing in particular on the impact of cultural and technological change on the utility and capacity of different forms of culture and communication to facilitate social change
- The comparative study of different areas of popular culture and arts including sport, music, mediated politics, television and film
These themes in turn reflect his commitment to empirical, social research and are fundamentally concerned with the interplay of structure and agency reflected in the production, consumption, performance and aesthetics of contemporary media. Details of recent and current research on the value of participatory culture and the comparative analysis of popular culture and media can be found at: http://www.culture-survey.org/home/. He is also an occasional contributor to Antenna.
Sandvoss, C (2015) ‘I love IBIZA : music, place and belonging’. In: Popular Music Fandom: Identities, Roles and Practices. : Routledge. pp. 115-145. ISBN 9781138936973
Sandvoss, C (2015) ‘Challenging boundaries : fans and cultural industries’. In: The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. : Routledge. pp. 357-370. ISBN 9780415706209
Sandvoss, C (2015) ‘The Age of Fans: Value, Judgment, and Generations in Convergence Culture’. In: Communication across the lifespan : 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, 21-25th May 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sandvoss, C., Youngs, K. and Hobbs, J. (2015) ‘Television fandom in the age of narrowcasting : The politics of proximity in regional scripted reality dramas : The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea’. In: Popular Media Cultures: Fans, Audiences and Paratexts. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 39-72. ISBN 9781137350367
Sandvoss, C (2015) ‘Age and cultural value : exploring cultural judgments and practices among generations of enthusiasts of popular arts and culture’. In: Generations : Annual Conference of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association MeCCSA 2015, 7-9th January 2015, Northumbria University
Sandvoss, C. and Kearns, L. (2014) ‘From interpretive communities to interpretive fairs : ordinary fandom, textual selection and digital media’. In: The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures. : Ashgate. pp. 91-108. ISBN 9781409455622
Sandvoss, C (2014) ‘Time to grow up : the study of media and aging as a field in its infancy’. In: Aging, Media, and Culture. : Lexington Books. . ISBN 9780739183632
Sandvoss, C (2014) ‘Political enthusiasm as fandom? From the politicisation of the popular to the popularisation of the political’. In: Rethinking the Mediatization of Politics Workshop, 25-26th April 2014, London School of Economics and Political Science
Sandvoss, C (2013) ‘Reception’. In: The Handbook of Media Audiences. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 230-250. ISBN 9781118721391
Sandvoss, C (2013) ‘Occupy Armstrong? Global Stardom, Transnational Citizenship, and Fans Reaction to Revelations of Doping in Professional Cycling’. In: IAMCR 2013 Crises, Creative Destruction and the Global Power and Communication Orders, 25-29th June 2013, Dublin, Ireland
Sandvoss, C (2013) ‘What is Popular Communication Research?... Or, Rather, What Isnt? A History of the Field Through the Lens of Special Issues’. In: 63rd Annual ICA Conference, 17-21st June 2013, London Metropole Hotel, London, UK
Sandvoss, C (2013) ‘When structure and agency are: the fans and the power’ Ciberlegenda , 28 (1). ISSN 1519-0617
Sandvoss, C (2013) ‘Daily Kos, Fanzines, and the Textual Boundaries of Political Fandom: Analyzing Community and Partisanship in the 2012 Presidential Election’. In: 63rd Annual ICA Conference, 17-21st June 2013, London Metropole Hotel, London, UK
Sandvoss, C (2013) ‘Toward an understanding of political enthusiasm as media fandom: Blogging, fan productivity and affect in American politics’ Participations: journal of audience & reception studies , 10 (1), pp. 252-296. ISSN 1749-8716
Sandvoss, C (2013) ‘Popular culture, fans and globalization’. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies. : Routledge. pp. 395-411. ISBN 9780415458085
Sandvoss, C (2012) ‘Jeux sans frontières : Europeanisation and the erosion of national categories in European club football competition’. In: Politique européenne : L'espace européen du football : Dynamiques institutionnelles et constructions sociales. : L'Harmattan. . ISBN 9782296965430
Sandvoss, C (2012) ‘Enthusiasm, trust and its erosion in mediated politics: On fans of Obama and the Liberal Democrats’ European Journal of Communication , 27 (1), pp. 68-81. ISSN 0267-3231
Sandvoss, C., Real, M., Bernstein, A. and Beeson, D. (2012) ‘The politics of transnational sports stardom’. In: Bodies of Discourse: Sports Stars, Media, and the Global Public. : Peter Lang. pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781433111730
Sandvoss, C., Real, M. and Bernstein, A. (2012) Bodies of Discourse: Sports Stars, Media, and the Global Public . : Peter Lang. ISBN 978-1433111730
Sandvoss, C (2012) ‘From national hero to liquid star : identity and discourse in transnational sports consumption’. In: Bodies of Discourse: Sports Stars, Media, and the Global Public. : Peter Lang. pp. 171-192. ISBN 9781433111730
Sandvoss, C (2012) ‘Change that didn't work for me! : The rise and fall of 'alternative' political leaders identity in modern urban environments’. In: Annual MeCCSA Conference, 11-13th January 2012, Bedfordshire Institute for Media, Arts and Performance, Luton Campus Centre, University of Bedfordshire.
Sandvoss, C (2011) ‘The placeless spaces of the city : Spaces of sport, competition and identity in modern urban environments’. In: Cities, Creativity, Connectivity : IAMCR Conference 2011, 13-17th July 2011, Istanbul, Turkey
Sandvoss, C (2011) ‘Toward a subjective aesthetics : audiences, reception studies and texts’. In: Cities, Creativity, Connectivity : IAMCR Conference 2011, 13-17th July 2011, Istanbul, Turkey
Sandvoss, C (2011) ‘Horizons of Expectations and the Aesthetic Challenge of Popular Media’. In: 61st Annual ICA Conference, 26-30th may 2011, Boston, Massachusetts
Sandvoss, C (2011) ‘Jeux Sans Frontières? The Reformulation and Erosion of National Categories in European Club Football Competitions’. In: 61st Annual ICA Conference, 26-30th may 2011, Boston, Massachusetts
Sandvoss, C (2011) ‘Fans online : Affective media consumption and production in the age of convergence’. In: Online Territories: Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space. : Peter Lang. pp. 49-74. ISBN 9781433107979
Sandvoss, C (2010) ‘Conceptualizing the Global Economic Crisis in Popular Communication Research’ Popular Communication , 8 (3), pp. 154-161. ISSN 1540-5702
Sandvoss, C (2010) ‘Popular culture and the 2010 general election : voters and audiences’. In: MeCCSA Conference 2010, 6-8th August 2010, London School of Economics and Political Science
Sandvoss, C (2010) ‘Methodologies of studying the act of reading : finding texts and audiences in the age of convergence’. In: 60th Annual ICA Conference, 21-26th June 2010, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sandvoss, C (2010) ‘From fans to friends : reconceptualising audiences online’. In: 60th Annual ICA Conference, 21-26th June 2010, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sandvoss, C (2009) ‘Public sphere and publicness : sport audiences and political discourse’. In: Media and Public Spheres. : Palgrave MacMillan. pp. 58-70. ISBN 9780230594494
Sandvoss, C (2009) ‘Obama fans worldwide : the politics of affect and proximity’. In: 59th Annual ICA Conference, 21-25th May 2009, Chicago, Illinois USA
Sandvoss, C (2009) ‘Reflections on the future of audience research : keywords in communication’. In: 59th Annual ICA Conference, 21-25th May 2009, Chicago, Illinois USA
Sandvoss, C (2008) ‘On the Couch with Europe: The Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcast Union and Belonging on the Old Continent’ Popular Communication , 6 (3), pp. 190-207. ISSN 1540-5702
Sandvoss, C (2007) ‘Celebrity worship and fandom’. In: Battleground : The media. : Greenwood Press. pp. 76-79. ISBN 9780313341670
Sandvoss, C (2007) ‘Public sphere’. In: Battleground: The Media. : Greenwood Press. pp. 412-418. ISBN 9780313341670
Sandvoss, C (2007) ‘The death of the reader : literary theory and the study of texts in popular culture’. In: Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World. : NYU Press. pp. 19-32. ISBN 9780814731826
Gray, J., Sandvoss, C. and Harrington, L. (2007) Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World . : NYU Press. ISBN 9780814731826
Gray, J., Sandvoss, C. and Harrington, L. (2007) ‘Why study fans?’. In: Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World. : NYU Press. pp. 1-18. ISBN 9780814731826
Sandvoss, C (2006) ‘Gangs’. In: The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. : Cambridge University Press. p. 224. ISBN 9780521540469
Sandvoss, C (2006) ‘Social constructionism’. In: The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. : Cambridge University Press. . ISBN 9780521540469
Sandvoss, C (2006) ‘Moral Panic’. In: The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. : Cambridge University Press. . ISBN 9780521540469
Sandvoss, C (2006) ‘Public opinion’. In: The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. : Cambridge University Press. . ISBN 9780521540469
Sandvoss, C (2005) Fans: The Mirror of Consumption . : Polity Press. ISBN 9780745629735
Sandvoss, C (2005) ‘One-Dimensional Fan: Toward an Aesthetic of Fan Texts’ American Behavioral Scientist , 48 (7), pp. 822-839. ISSN 0002-7642
Sandvoss, C (2004) ‘Technological Evolution or Revolution? Sport Online Live Internet Commentary as Postmodern Cultural Form’ Convergence: the international journal of research into new media technologies , 10 (3), pp. 39-54. ISSN 1354-8565
Sandvoss, C (2003) A game of two halves : football, television and globalization . : Routledge. ISBN 9780415314848
EDITORSHIPS AND EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS
Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture
2006 -2012 Co-editor with Lee Harrington (Miami University, Ohio) and Jonathan Gray (University of Wisconsin-Madison). The journal is published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis. For further details see: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/1540-5702.asp
Communication, Culture & Critique
from 2007 Editorial Board Member.
Communication Yearbook, 35-37
Editorial Board Member.
Transformative Works and Cultures
from 2007 Editorial Board Member.
Journal of Fandom Studies
from 2010 Editorial Board Member.
Participations: International Journal of Audience Research
from 2013 Editorial Board Member.
FURTHER ESTEEM INDICATORS
2006 - 2010 International Communications Association (ICA)
Vice Chair and Chair of the Popular Communication Division; ICA Board Member, 2009-2010.
External Examiner for Undergraduate Programmes:
2014-2018 External Examiner, School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex
2010 -2013 External Examiner, Department of Media, Coventry University.
02/ 2007 External examiner for framework validation of BA Media Studies, Thames Valley University.
03 / 2014 - 06 / 2014 Woking Borough Council, ‘Cultural participation and live performance spaces in Woking’
10 / 2007 - Consultancy on joint Futurelab and Department for Children, Schools and Families programme “Beyond Current Horizons”.
KEYNOTES, INVITED SYMPOSIA AND TALKS
04 / 2015 University of Chester, UK
Keynote Address: “To Listen and to Make Yourself Heard: Value, Identity and Citizenship in Popular Music Fandom”, at ‘Popular Music Fandom and the Public Sphere: A One Day Symposium, 10th April 2014.
05 / 2014 Lund University, Sweden
Keynote Address: “Aesthetic Value in the age of Participatory Culture: Liquid Texts and Horizons of Expectations ”, at ‘Researching Fandom and (Marginal) Identities’ Symposium, 8th May 2014.
10 / 2013 Universität Wien and Football Research in an Enlarged Europe, FP7.
Keynote Address: “Liquid Life and Solid Support: Football Fandom and Identity in the Age of Globalisation” at “Kick it! The Anthropology of European Football”, 25th - 26th October 2013.
05 / 2012 University of Portsmouth, UK
Invited talk: “The Politics of Proximity in Part-Scripted Reality Drama: On fans of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and ‘Made in Chelsea” at symposium: Popular Media Cultures: Writing in the Margins and Reading Between the Lines, London, Odeon Leicester Square.
06 / 2011 Universität Hamburg, Germany
Ringvorlesung: ‘Die Soziologie der Ästhetik: Fans, Medien und die Fantastik’.
05 / 2011 European Journal of Communication and Universität Wien, Austria
Invited talk at Symposium on ‘Trust and the Media’ ‘Obama, Clegg, The Greens: political enthusiasm and textual spaces of hope and despair in mediated politics’.
12 / 2010 Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
Keynote Address ’ The Twilight of Audiences?: Media consumption and identity in the age of media convergence and intertextuality’
05 / 2010 Karlstadt University, Sweden
Invited talk at Symposium on ‘Mediated practice and social space’.
12 / 2009 University of Brighton, UK
Research Seminar: ‘Reluctant Civic Engagement?: Football Fan Fora as Alternative Public Sphere’.
06 / 2006 Universität Leipzig and IAMCR, Germany
Keynote address ’Media and Sport in the Internet Age’, World Cup 2006 Conference: Football, Media and Everyday Life.
Cornel has supervised doctoral students focusing on the study of audiences, fans and cultural globalisation. He currently supervises Camila Monteiro’s thesis on forms of anti-fandom and welcomes application from prospective postgraduate researchers in all of the above areas including:
- Fans and fan cultures
- Media use and identity and/or the life course
- Cultural globalisation
- The intersection of political and popular communication, including the interplay of entertainment and politics
- Media, Reception Aesthetics, and value
- Media, Sport and Culture
- Comparative studies of popular culture including music and sports
Cornel is Director of Graduate Education for the School of Music, Humanities and Media and as part of this role oversees the provision of postgraduate research programmes in the School. He invites postgraduate researchers in the School requiring help and advice beyond their supervisory team to contact him at any stage of their programme.