The Media Discourse Centre

The Media Discourse Centre

Founded in 2007, the Centre is concerned with the interpretation of texts, events, social theories and political perspectives.

Media Discourse

Television and Broadcast Talk

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New Book Series: Protest, Media and Culture

Media Discourse Events

The Centre has organised a number of conferences and events each focused on different media topics.


The Media Discourse Centre

PhD Applicants: Find out about studying a research degree at DMU. Outline proposals should be sent to, marked Media Discourse Centre

The Media Discourse Centre (, renowned for its strong focus on the global dimension of mediated events, culture and politics, is devoted to the critical analysis of the contemporary social order. Its large cohort of International PhDs is drawn from Brazil, Iraq, Kuwait, Nigeria, Lebanon, China, and Saudi Arabia. Members of its interdisciplinary staff (both full and part-time) are engaged in a wide variety of academic projects, from the study of China’s Belt and Road initiative, to the analysis of Electronic Dance Music culture. Other currents of enquiry include Social Media and Surveillance (conference, 24th-25th October 2018) and the Catalan independence crisis.

The Centre is closely aligned with the Channel Four/De Montfort Investigative Journalism team. Our doctoral research topics include social media use in the Brazilian favelas, the manipulation of online gendered identity in Iraq, surveillance and society in Nigeria, internet rumour in China, and a study of feminist film-making in the Middle East. Our conferences and public lectures have covered a host of topics (see Events), including Memory and Ideology in the Spanish Civil War (with Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido), Research Methods in Media Discourse, Anti-Fascism on Film, the Mediation of Security, the feminist magazine Spare Rib (Dr Claire Sedgwick), Generations of Protest, and Legality and Illegality in media and politics (with Professor Leigh Landy, Dr Richard Danbury, and Dr Leonardo Custodio).

MDC has sub-groups studying southern European - Spanish, Greek and Italian - media and politics (Professor Stuart Price, Dr Nayia Kamenou and Dr Marco Checci), the Belt and Road initiative (Dr Jenifer Chao), mediated democracy in Iraq (Ahmed Bahiya), political culture in Latin America (Fernanda Amaral and Dr Leonardo Custodio), surveillance and politics (Dr Ben Harbisher), Journalism and the legal system (Dr Richard Danbury), Media and Health (led by Professor Jason Lee with Professor Rusi Jaspal), and the BBC Asian Network (Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu). In addition, MDC researchers use ethnography and grounded theory (Zoe Armour), and the history and impact of feminist magazines (Dr Claire Sedgwick). MDC welcomes postgraduate applications from students interested in pursuing higher degrees in Media Discourse (write to

Visiting Professors:

Dorothy Byrne, Professor of Media Discourse (Journalism) and Head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs

David Deacon, Professor in Media Discourse, and Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University

Alexandra Halkias, Professor of Media Discourse and Gender Studies, and Professor of Sociology, Panteion University of Social and Political Science, Athens

Dr Leonardo Custódio, Senior Research Fellow in Media Discourse, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere

Our study of mediated events, media texts, journalism, political culture, and public participation in communication, employs a range of critical methods and approaches associated with a variety of traditions (ethnography, web studies, critical discourse analysis, multi-modal analysis, feminist approaches, and grounded theory).

Recent publications include the 'Protest, Media and Culture' book series (edited by Ruth Sanz Sabido and Stuart Price) and Investigative Journalism: global perspectives.

REF: In the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008 Media Discourse was recognised as ‘world-leading’. Research produced by the Media, Film and Journalism department was placed above 32 other institutions, including Oxford, Leicester, Leeds, UWE, Brunel, Sheffield Hallam, Nottingham, Sheffield, and Swansea. In the Research Excellence Framework of 2014, together with our friends and colleagues in the CATH Centre, the quality of our written outputs was judged to be the best in our Unit of Assessment (De Montfort’s Media and Communication submission came first out of 66 institutions).

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