Keynote speakers

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Monika Metykova

Lecturer in Media Communications/Journalism Studies


Dr Monika Metykova is Lecturer in Media Communications/Journalism Studies at the University of Sussex. Her research interests include media and migration, nationalism, cosmopolitanism and changing European media policies and landscapes. She is currently working on Ethnicity and the Media to be published by Palgrave.


Zizi Papacharissi

Professor of Communication


Zizi Papacharissi (PhD University of Texas at Austin 2000), is Professor and Head of the Communication Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She is author of 3 books and over 40 journal articles, book chapters or reviews. She is presently Editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.


Karin Wahl Jorgensen

Professor of Journalism


Karin Wahl-Jorgensen teaches at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on the relationship between media and citizenship, and she is the author or editor of five books, most recently Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, 2012; with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle). She is currently completing Emotions, Media and Politics (Polity).


Sarita Malik

Lecturer in Media and Communications


Dr Sarita Malik lectures in the Department of Sociology and Communications at Brunel University. Her research focuses on the politics of media communication, representation and institutional frameworks. Current projects examine discourses of cultural diversity and public service broadcasting, reality TV and 'ethnic' representation and the relationship between screen culture and communities.


Daniela Berghahn

Professor of Film Studies


Daniela Berghahn is Professor of Film Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her publications include Far-flung Families in Film: The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema (2013), European Cinema in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Film in Contemporary Europe (co-edited with Sternberg, 2010), and Hollywood behind the Wall: The Cinema of East Germany (2005).


Sonia Livingstone

Professor of Social Psychology


Professor Sonia Livingstone teaches and researches in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She is author or editor of seventeen books and many academic articles and chapters. She directs a 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Safer Internet Programme, and The Class, as part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network.

Roberta Pearson is Professor of Film and Television Studies and Head of the Department of Culture, Film and Media at the University of Nottingham. She has published books, edited collections and articles on topics ranging from Star Trek to Batman to Shakespeare and is currently working on two major research projects, one on digital Shakespeare and the other on China and memory.


Suzanne Franks

Professor of Journalism


Suzanne Franks is Professor of Journalism at City University in London. She is a former journalist with BBC TV where she worked on programmes such as Newsnight and Panorama. Her research interests include women in the media, the reporting of international news and the history of the BBC. Suzanne gained her PhD at the University of Westminster in 2007 and has published widely. Her recent books include 'Reporting Disasters. Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media,' and 'Women and Journalism'.


Zane Ibrahim

Managing Director of Bush Radio

Zane Ibrahim was the Managing Director of Bush Radio in South Africa.

Born in South Africa in 1941, Zane lived in exile in Canada for over two decades. On return to Cape Town in 1990 he dedicated his working life to Bush Radio, being its Managing Director, project developer and programme inspiration, thereby using radio as a tool for community development.


Darrell Newton

Chair of the Communication Arts department, Salisbury University


Dr. Darrell Newton has a PhD. in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin where he studied under Michele Hilmes and John Fiske. Newton also holds an M.A. in English and a second M.A. in Communication Arts. He is currently department Chair, and teaches Media Studies at Salisbury University in the U.S.A. He recently published a book on BBC television policies, and race, Paving the Empire Road: BBC Television and Black Britons from Manchester University Press.


Clemencia Rodríguez

Professor of Communication


Dr. Clemencia Rodríguez is Full Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma. In her book titled Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens¹ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her "citizens' media theory," a ground-breaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Currently she continues to explore how people living in the shadow of armed groups use community radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet, to shield their communities from armed violence's negative impacts. This has involved fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers made their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians. In her recent book, Citizens' Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) she reports many of her findings.