This week we had the final event of the Media, Culture and Language Forum with the presentation of Media, Culture and Identity MA student coursework (conveners Dr Anita Biressi and Professor Heather Nunn). The students presented their posters and answered questions from staff and other postgraduate students. The works related to a wide range of themes in the media field with case studies from around the world.
Television formats in Turkey was the theme chosen by Gizsem Aqsu while Nicolas Cox focused on the British series Dr. Who in the early 1970s. Oo Sheng Hui presented her interesting case on cultural identity of the Getai subculture in Singapore. Social media was the focus of Osama Dieb and Wipawee Teanleela. Dieb looked on how the new media will affect national identity in the Egypt that emerged after the recent events. Teanleela investigated how activism and campaigning is affected by the social media by analysing the case of the “Do you know Kony?” campaign about war in Africa. Analysing the printed media, Samantha Allan-Turner focused on the political discourse behind the photographic coverage of The Sun newspaper, particularly in the recent “Jo’s murder” case.
The MCL Forum is an opportunity to socialise, network and, most importantly, find links and common interests within the new MCL department and beyond. All university community is invited. If you can spare an hour to see some of the great work that is going on in the department, then please do pop along for the next events in May (to be announced soon).
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Story Dated: Wednesday 21 March 2012