Other Research in Communication, Culture and Media at NTU

This page offers information about other research in Communication, Culture and Media at Nottingham Trent University. If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities for postgraduate research with us, please either contact the member of staff you are interested in working with or, if you have any general queries, please contact Professor Louise Cummings. You'll also find general information about the Graduate School here.

Globalization, Migration and Diaspora  
Although also part of the Centre, this area is of special interest to a number of researchers in our team. Particular areas of expertise include postcolonial theory; studies of migration and diaspora (including their relationship to new and emerging media forms and practices); cultural globalization; cosmopolitanism; and an emerging ‘culture of immediacy’ associated with the use of new media and communication technologies. The ‘Globalization and East Asian Cultures’ research group includes staff with a special interest in new media, film and television. 
Associated staff: Professor John Tomlinson, Professor Patrick Williams, Dr Olga Bailey, Dr Tao Zhang, Dr Nikki J-Y Lee, Gary Needham, Russell Murray and Dr Hongwei Bao

Cultures of the Everyday

Members of this research cluster are primarily concerned with developing approaches to understanding and analyzing everyday cultures informed by cultural studies. Particular areas of interest include domesticity and home cultures, food, consumption, lifestyle, holidays, fashion and work. A number of staff have produced collaborative work on aspects of food cultures including TV cookery, food journalism, ethical consumption, culinary capital and classed lifestyles. 

Strategies in Communication (SinC)  
The Strategy in Communication (SinC) research group was established in the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University in 2005. Its purpose has been to provide an overarching structure for the research activities of the School’s academics in Linguistics. These activities range from the organisation of research symposia and seminars to the promotion of individual researchers’ publications across a range of linguistic disciplines. The research undertaken by SinC members has always had a strong focus on how language is used strategically by speakers. These uses may be to raise health awareness among the general public, perpetuate dominant institutional ideologies, construct regional, ethnic and sexual identities and participate in political, sporting and professional arenas. In all these strategic uses of language, speakers must construct their utterances not merely in accordance with their own communicative goals, but also the mode of communication (online interaction versus speech), the interests and beliefs of the hearer and the ideologies circulating in the wider society. 

Theory, Politics and Culture  
This research cluster brings together staff with a broad range of interests. The politics of media cultures forms one strand of research, including work on the politics of digital media industries and economies. Particular areas of interest include the politics of labour in new digital economies and the politics of television delivery in a digital era. Building on the ‘Religion and Politics Seminar Series', the new journal Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics, co-edited with the University of Nottingham, is located within this research cluster. The journal provides a focus for colleagues whose work lies at the intersections of critical theory, radical philosophy, culture and politics. Particular areas of interest include the application of critical theory to domains such as technology and the built environment; deconstruction and Derrida’s critical theory; the ethics and politics of contemporary environmental issues; and the philosophy of film and television. 
Associated staff: Dr Neil Turnbull, Dr Patrick O’Connor, Dr Ruth Griffin, Dr David Kidner, Dr Andreas Wittel, Dr David Woods.


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