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Ms Cassian Sparkes-Vian

Job: PhD Candidate

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Media and Communication

Research group(s): Media Discourse Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: n/a

E: csparkes-vian@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/mediadiscourse

 

Personal profile

My primary research interest has always been propaganda, its nature, how it is understood and how it is practiced in the political realm. My PHD involves attempting to theorise propaganda within the context of memetics, a theory of cultural evolution which is particularly pertinent to the digital world. My other research interests include elections, journalism and political activism. 

Research group affiliations

Key research outputs

Every Little Hurts: Framing of the Stokes Croft Riots in local and national newspapers (With Paul Reilly, In Press)

Rhetoric and responses: Electioneering on Youtube in Tolson et al eds Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America (in Press)

Footprints in the Digital Sand: Pitfalls and Problems in online research, Conference Paper, Research Methods in Media Discourse, 2012

Every Little Hurts: Rumour Misinformation and the Stokes Croft Riots, Conference Paper, Mediation of Security, 2011

Memes of Propaganda: Birth of the Citizen Propagandist, Conference Paper, Political Studies Association Conference, 2011

Research interests/expertise

  • Memetics
  • New Media
  • Propaganda
  • Elections
  • Political Activism

Areas of teaching

  • Media Discourse Theory and Practice
  • New Media 
  • Research Methods
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Politics, University of Exeter
  • MA Journalism, University of the West of England

Courses taught

  • Media Discourse
  • Researching Media and Communication
  • Issues in Journalism
  • Networked Media
  • Public Relations (MA) 

Conference attendance

Joint Co-ordinator and Panel Chair,  Research Methods in Media Discourse, De Montfort University, 2012

Footprints in the Digital Sand: Pitfalls and Problems in online research, Conference Paper, Research Methods in Media Discourse, De Montfort University, 2012

Assistant Co-ordinator and Panel Chair, Mediation of Security, De Montfort University, 2011

Every Little Hurts: Rumour Misinformation and the Stokes Croft Riots, Conference Paper, Mediation of Security, De Montfort University, 2011

A revised version of the above was also presented at: ‘New Communications and Demonstrations’, BSA Media Study Group & Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester, 2011

Memes of Propaganda: Birth of the Citizen Propagandist, Conference Paper, Political Studies Association Conference, 2011

Internally funded research project information

  • The 2010 Election Online: DMU Scholarship
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