Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

Research within the Unit is organised around the Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference and five distinctive research groups.

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Martin O’Shaughnessy

Research in the Unit is organised within the Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference (CSICAD). The Centre provides a focus for research that theorises and analyses how the representation, practice and experience of difference connect to structures of power and inequality, and inform discriminatory practices and policies. Researchers in CSICAD are dedicated to the exploration of how such representations, practices and experiences have been contested and reproduced. The Centre brings together five main research groups, each of which serves as a focal point for colleagues from the different teaching teams that contribute to the research unit.

Research groups

Gender and Sexuality

Feminism and postfeminism; Queer theory and politics; Transnational sexuality studies; Constructing masculinities; Gender, journalism and on-line communication

Globalization, Migration and Diaspora

Global diasporas; Global and transational communication; Exile, diaspora, memory; Migrant women and empowerment; Foreign aid and development; Culture and globalization

Language, Power and Institution

Public and media policy; Democracy and digital cultures; Critical discourse analysis; Public diplomacy and soft power; Language and gender; Language and law; Forensic linguistics; Language, identity, locality; The sociology of journalism

Media and Film Cultures

Media constructions of gender; National and transnational cinema cultures; Cinema, the body and the senses; Film theory; Transnational stardom and celebrity cultures; International cinemas

Philosophy, Culture, and Everyday Life

Food and travel cultures; Visual cultures; Travel cultures; Waste cultures; The philosophy of education; Cultural politics and cultural history; Belief systems; Critical and cultural theory; Bioethics; The philosophy of film

The Unit is always keen to recruit good postgraduate students from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The University offers a number of bursaries every year, and is part of the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, which provides funding for PhD research in the Arts and Humanities.

The REF rated 67.4% of NTU's research as world-leading or of international excellence.

In the Unit’s impact, 70% was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Related staff

Catherine Adams: Catherine’s areas of interest include global journalism and gender studies; the reporting of women's sport and the effect of sexist abuse of female technology journalists; innovations in journalism, the use of drones, and non-digital communications.

Olga Bailey: Olga’s research interests relate to alternative media, global and transnational communication, the politics of communication of minority and diasporic groups, migrant women and empowerment, journalism and democracy, and digital cultures.

Natalie Braber: Natalie’s research interests include Language variation in the East Midlands; the ‘Pit Talk’ language of East Midlands coal miners; language and identity; language and emotion.

Cuneyt Cakirlar: Cuneyt’s key areas of research include: Queer Studies, transnational sexuality studies: film theory, film aesthetics, world cinemas: visual cultures and contemporary visual arts; culture and globalization.

Laura Coffey-Glover: Laura works on the linguistic construction of gender and sexuality in the media using corpus linguistics and critical discourse analytical techniques. She supervises projects analysing gender and/or sexuality using corpus linguistics, critical stylistics or critical discourse analysis.

Matt Connell: Matt researches in a number of areas including: pedagogy; psychoanalysis; The Frankfurt School; DJ Cultures.

Simon Cross: Simon’s interdisciplinary research activity roams across the breadth of media and cultural analysis including contemporary news reporting on public policy issues, cultural politics and cultural history, as well as the sociology of journalism.

Louise Cummings: Louise Cummings conducts research in clinical linguistics and communication disorders. She is also interested in how lay people and experts engage in public health reasoning.

Benjamin Curtis: Ben’s main research is in metaphysics and bioethics, and the intersection between the two. He has a particular interest in the bundle theory of universals and Humeanism.

Anna Dawson: Anna’s key areas of expertise are around Hollywood cinema; genre; film and gender; the British film industry and British cinema. She is currently researching contemporary melodrama and cinematic representations of motherhood and domesticity.

Nigel Edley: Nigel’s research focuses upon discourse theory and discourse analysis - particularly in relation to the study of men and masculinities. He is interested more broadly in discourse analysis, discursive psychology and social constructionism - particularly in relation to issues of gender, identity and subjectivity.

Colin Alexander: Colin’s research focuses on political communication. His key interests are Asian political history, foreign aid and development assistance, diplomacy, diplomatic history, public diplomacy and soft power.

Stephanie Genz: Stéphanie specialises in contemporary gender and cultural theory. Her current work centres on sexist liberalism/liberal sexism in post-recessionary culture that belies assumptions of gender equality and sexual freedom.

Ruth Griffin: Ruth’s research delves into the intersections between philosophy, culture and everyday life, most notably in the areas of Existentialism, the philosophy of film / media / television and Gothic literature .

Francesca Hardy: Francesca works at the intersection of film and theory. Her work currently focuses on: cinema and the senses in relation to the work of Jean-Luc Nancy; film and body hair; film and waste.

Steven Jones: Steve’s research ranges widely across Cultural Studies. He writes, for example, on Gramsci, and travel and food cultures.

Matthew Kerry: Matt’s research and scholarly interests include: British film (before the 1990s); The British holiday (social history and representations of); Classical Hollywood; amateur film and home movies.

Nikki Lee: Nikki’s research interests cover transnational stardom, genre-branding, auteur-branding, transnational media / film production and consumption, film festivals, and globalisation with a focus on East Asian cinemas and popular culture, including Japanese and Korean TV dramas and K-pop.

Russell Murray: Russell focuses on personal research in Experimental Practice, looking at the interactions, relationships and meaning between sound and image in digitally rendered environments.

Patrick O'Connor: Patrick works on phenomenology; 19th and 20th Century European philosophy; early to mid-20th century French philosophy; atheism in existential thought; the history of philosophy; the philosophy of education.

Martin O’Shaughnessy: Martin’s main research area is French and other European cinemas particularly as they relate to work, the Crisis, and the political. He has worked on figures like Jean Renoir, Laurent Cantet and the Dardenne brothers.

Ben Taylor: Ben is interested in cultural theory and a range of topics which can be explored through cultural theory: cultural policy, pleasure, film comedy and food; the production of waste. He is also interested in the work of Mikhail Bakhtin.

Neil Turnbull: Neil works on philosophy and culture (globalisation and philosophy); philosophy and religion (philosophy, theology and secularisation); philosophy and science (the epistemological and metaphysical bases of modern science).

David Wright: David’s primary research interests are in forensic linguistics - the application of language analysis to help improve the delivery of justice. This includes: aspects of language and law; language in the legal process; language as evidence.

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