Centre for Global Media and Communication, sitting in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, welcomes you to engage you in critical debates about the contemporary moment, which is increasingly defined by crises, conflict, divisions, populism, confusion, panic, mistrust in political institutions and, importantly, a breakdown of communication in a digitally connected global world. In this blog, we at CGMC – staff, students and friends – will talk about what we do
The recent assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of the ministry of defence’s research and innovation organisation
Dr Massoumeh Torfeh, Research Associate at CGMC, explores the motives behind and the implications of the assassination in a piece for the BBC, linked here. Image credit: “Hijab-3” by pooyan is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Ms Chipo Mapondera, graduate student MA Digital Cultures, CGMC, presents an interview with the esteemed journalist Veronica Pedrosa in a podcast on SOAS Radio, entitled, Global Digital Futures: Media Spectacle & Democracy in the Philippines, linked here.
Dina Matar At no other time in contemporary history has a critical understanding of communication and the structures and regulation of complex media systems been more important and more urgent than during this current historical moment of multiple crises, marked by dysfunctional political communication practices (just witness the US election debates), the dominance of mainly US tech giants in mediation processes, digital surveillance, hateful speech and disinformation. It is a
On 10 July 2020, the Iranian Judiciary announced that three men, namely Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohamad Rajabi, who were arrested in anti-regime protests in November 2019, were to be imminently executed as they had been denied appeal. Within three days of the announcement, the Persian hashtag #اعدام_نکنید (“Don’t_Execute”) started appearing on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. By 14 July, the hashtag was trending globally on Twitter with many inside
Dr Massoumeh Torfeh, Research Associate at the Centre for Global Media and Communications, explores the fading chances of rescuing the nuclear deal between Iran and the US in a new article for RT Link to article
Dr Dina Matar, Centre for Global Media and Communications, explores political reactions to the COVID-19 in the Middle Eastern media in an Insight Briefing for School of Interdisciplinary Studies, SOAS.
Philosopher Martha Nussbaum once wrote that playful storytelling “teaches people to be capable of living with others without control; [and] connects experiences of vulnerability and surprise to curiosity and wonder, rather than to crippling anxiety” (2010, p. 101). Her work on vulnerability has helped critical communication scholars shift their focus away from the structural power of media, which has been overstudied, to organic and informal communication practices that can enable
Dr Massoumeh Torfeh, Research Associate at the Centre, explores the new power-sharing agreement in Afghanistan in a new TRTWorld article linked here.
Media and Crisis Mark Hobart, Emeritus Professor Centre for Global Media and Communication We live, it seems, in a time of crisis. Covid-19 and its attendant economic crisis apart, we face crises of climate change, overpopulation, depletion of natural resources, the global political order and much else. How do we know? Because the media tell us so. What drive the choices behind media coverage? Famously, the newsworthy should be negative
The medium is the message? Dina Matar, CGMC The Covid-19 outbreak on an unprecedented global level has further embedded media – as news institutions, as information providers, as spaces for socialisation and as technologies of power – in people’s lives in ways never witnessed before. With information vying with misinformation in the virtual “war against the virus”, news media corporations have reported a monumental rise in traffic as people concerned