Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to welcome leading figures in the study of Film, Media, Culture and Communication to offer Keynote Addresses at FILM AND MEDIA 2014.  


'Stranger in a Strange Land: Cultural Studies versus the World'



LAWRENCE GROSSBERG has been Morris Davis Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the past decade. He formerly taught for twenty years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduating in history and philosophy at the University of Rochester in 1968, he went on to postgraduate research under Richard Hoggart and Stuart Hall at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. After two years of traveling through Europe with the French theatre company Les Tréteaux Libres, he returned to the US to take a PhD in Speech Communication at the University of Illinois in 1976.


His books in the last two decades include Conversations in Cultural Studies (forthcoming), Cultural Studies in the Future Tense (2010), About Raymond Williams (co-ed, 2009), Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics and America’s Future (2005), Media Making (with Ellen Wartella and Charles Whitney, 2nd rev ed 2005), New Keywords (co-ed, 2005), Without Guarantees: In Honor of Stuart Hall (co-ed, 2000), Bringing it all Back Home: Essays on Cultural Studies (1997), Dancing in Spite of Myself: Essays on Popular Culture (1997), and The Audience and its Landscape (co-ed, 1996).


His earlier books are Sound and Vision: The Music Video Reader (co-ed, 1993), Rock and Popular Music: Politics, Policies, Institutions (co-ed, 1993), We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Popular Conservatism and Postmodern Culture (1992), Stuart Hall: Kulttuurin Ja  Politiikan Murroksia (co-ed,  1992), Cultural Studies (co-ed, 1991), Music at the Margins: Popular Music and Global Cultural Diversity (with Deanna Robinson et al, 1991), Rethinking Communication (co-ed, 2 volumes, 1989), It's a Sin: Essays on Postmodernism, Politics and Culture (1988), and Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture (co-ed, 1988).


Senior Editor of the international journal journal Cultural Studies since 1990, he has published over 100 scholarly articles and his work has been translated into ten languages. His awards include the Andersch Award from Ohio University (for outstanding contributions to the field of communications) (2002), the Lifetime Achievement and Mentor Award of the Critical and Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association (2001), the Fellowship  (the highest award for lifetime scholarship) of the International Communication Association (1998), the Distinguished Scholar Award, National Communication Association (1997), and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award, International Communication Association (1995). 


                                 PROFESSOR MANDY MERCK

‘Identity, Celebrity and Stardom’


MANDY MERCK  joined Royal Holloway, University of London, as Professor of Media Arts in 1999 from her previous post at Sussex University. She has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Duke University and Cornell University.  She is a specialist in feminist and queer approaches to the cinema and representations of national identity in US film.  She is a former editor of the journal Screen and of the Channel Four TV series Out on Tuesday. She is currently writing The Melodrama of Celebrity, the outcome of a recent Leverhulme Research Fellowship.


Mandy’s books include Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex (co-ed, 2010), Hollywood’s American Tragedies (2007), America First: Naming the Nation in US Film (2007), The Art of Tracey Emin (co-ed, 2002), In Your Face: Nine Sexual Studies (2000), Coming out of Feminism? (co-ed,  1998), After Diana:  Irreverent Elegies(1998), Perversions: Deviant Readings (1993) and The Sexual Subject: A Screen Reader in Sexuality (co-ed, 1992).



'Identities in Change

in the Era of Global Media and Communication'



Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication and the Co-Director of the India Media Centre at the University of Westminster in London, the world’s first academic centre dedicated to the study of media in India and its globalizing tendencies. He formerly taught at Goldsmiths, University of London, the University of North London, and at Coventry University.


Daya holds a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In addition to a distinguished academic career, he has over a decade of professional experience in the world of journalism, having worked for five years at the Press Trust of India, India’s national news agency, and as Associate Editor of Gemini News Service, a London-based international news agency with a particular interest in the developing world.

Daya is the founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication. He is the author or editor of some sixteen books. Among his key publications are: International Communication - Continuity and Change (3rd. edition, forthcoming), Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (2013), Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (2012), Internationalizing Media Studies (2009), News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (2007), Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow (2007), and Electronic Empires - Global Media and Local Resistance (1998).







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