Media and Creative Industries are at the heart of rapid economic, social, cultural, technological and political transformations. Our research in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies explores the premises, manifestations and consequences of this change as a world shaped by mass communication is superseded by digital, networked societies.
We are a distinctly international department in scope and recognition, exploring media cultures in Britain, Europe and across the globe. Scholars in the department have held elected office in national and international subject associations and are regular keynote speakers nationally and internationally. Our research has been supported and funded by a range of external organisations including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Heritage Lottery fund, and the Association of Journalism Education.
In the study on the emergence of participatory media cultures research in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film explores the interplay between texts, technologies, users and industries through the following themes:
Our Department is home to Europe’s first dedicated centre for the research of participatory culture (CenPaC) launched in 2017. The Centre builds on our existing strengths and expertise in the study of media audiences, users, fans and enthusiasts and examines the profound impact of the rise of forms of participation and engagements in media, music, sports and politics. Focusing on phenomena at the heart of digital culture and convergence media, work by our experts examines forms of effect, enthusiasm and fandom (as well as of dislike and ‘anti fandom’), prosumption and producers, new textual forms and user generated content arising out of the eroding boundaries between media users and media producers, (free) digital labour, and new regimes of user driven content production.
The study of the changing boundaries between media industries and users is also at the heart of our research into changing regimes of media production. Our research spans from the analysis of journalistic practices and reporting techniques to the branding strategies of screen industries and the study of political performance and reporting.