Seminar programme

The Communication, Media and Journalism (CMJ) group regularly host seminars in which our own researchers and those from other institutions share their work.

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If you'd like to suggest a speaker for a future CMJ seminar, please email the seminar series coordinator Dr Dmitry Chernobrov at

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic our research seminars are currently taking place online. Please see below for details of the semester 1 programme for 2020-21. All times are UK time.

Semester 1 programme

Wednesday 21 October, 3pm

Votes that Count and Voters who Don't: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation (Without Even Knowing It)

Prof Sharon E Jarvis, University of Texas, USA

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Wednesday 28 October, 2pm

The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World

Interview with Prof Marwan M Kraidy, Northwestern University in Qatar

The interview, based on Marwan Kraidy’s recent book, will explore rebellious art, digital culture, and the use of the human body as a medium of political communication.

Wednesday 11 November, 5pm

Testing the relationship between US news coverage and public opinion across four policy issues, 1995–2014

Prof Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis, USA

Wednesday 18 November, 2pm

Race and social media surveillance in South Africa

Dr Tanja Bosch, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday 2 December, 2pm

Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media

Interview with Dr Nicholas Diakopoulos, Northwestern University, USA

The interview, based on Nicholas Diakopoulos’ book, will explore the present and future of a world in which news is created by algorithm.

Wednesday 9 December, 2pm

Social media use during Covid-19

Dr Edson C Tandoc, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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