Keynotes & Workshops

Keynotes & Workshops

Keynote Speakers

Sue Clayton

Sue is a documentary and feature filmmaker, writer, composer and Professor of Film in the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths. Her films include the award-winning documentary Hamedullah: The Road Home (2012), Heart Songs (1992) and the award-winning feature film The Disappearance of Finbar (1996). She is currently developing the documentary film ‘Calais Children-A Case to Answer’ about unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United Kingdom who are dispersed across France. Sue, along with a team of human rights lawyers, has worked to bring unaccompanied minors who have a right to settle in the UK under the Dublin III agreement and Dubs amendment to ensure children a safer future. For more information on this film and regular updates see:

Lina Dencik

Lina is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University, whose research explores the relationship between media developments and social political change with a more recent focus on digital surveillance and the politics of data. She recently completed work on the ESRC-funded project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society and the research project Managing Threats: Social Media Uses for Policing Domestic Extremism and Disorder. Recent publications include Worker Resistance Media: Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century co-authored with Peter Wilkin (Peter Lang, 2015) and Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Control and Emancipation co-edited with Oliver Leistert (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). She is currently working on the book Digital Citizenship in Datafied Society for Polity Press with Arne Hintz and Karin Wahl-Joergensen.

Natalie Fenton

Natalie is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and the active chair of MeCCSA. She is the co-director of Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, and also the co-director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. Her work is concerned with the role the media plays in the formation of identities and democracies, and why and how people seek to change the world for socially progressive ends. Recent publications include her book Digital, Political, Radical (Polity 2016) and ‘Left out? Digital media, radical politics and social change’ in the journal Information, Communication and Society. For more information regarding Natalie’s work, you can listen to her discuss her interests here:

Jeremy Gilbert

Jeremy is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London. Jeremy’s disciplinary home is Cultural Studies, and his research interests intersect with political philosophy, music and contemporary culture. Publications include his books Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in the Age of Individualism (Pluto Press, 2013) Discographies: Dance Music, Culture and the Politics of Sound (Routledge, 1999) co-written with Ewan Pearson and Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics (Berg, 2008). In addition to his research, Jeremy writes a blog, which can be found here:

Myria Georgiou

Myria is the current Deputy Head at the Department of Media and Communications, LSE. Her research interests lie at the intersection of media and the city and of the cultural politics surrounding migration. She is currently co-leading the departmental cross-national project ‘Migration and the media’ which examines the mediation and the European “refugee crisis”. Recent publications include her book Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference (Polity 2013), ‘Hospitality: the communicative architecture of humanitarian securitization at Europe’s borders’ in Journal of Communication (2017, with L.Chouliaraki). and ‘Diaspora in the digital era: Minorities and media representation in the Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe.

Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Seeta is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include social justice and communication policy and her approach is informed by a history of activism and media policy aimed at broadening meaningful access to technology. She has served as the Senior Research Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute, addressing policies and practices related to “big data”, privacy and digital inclusion. Recent publications include ‘The downside of digital inclusion: Expectations and experiences of privacy and surveillance among marginal internet users’ in the journal New Media and Society and ‘Digital inclusion and data profiling’ in First Monday.



Workshop 1
Mental Health and the University

Facilitator: Natasha Egginton, Fresh New Anxieties campaign, Goldsmiths

What would a self-organised inquiry into mental health support look like, in order to collectively enact new methodologies and ideas of health? How can we be heard when the individualising bureaucratic mechanism of the complaints procedure fails? Institutional responses tend to be reactionary and PR focused. How can we demand transparency, fighting ‘target’ ideas of success? Overall, how can we self-organise to collectivise and actively engage with mental health? And why should we?

Workshop 2
Academic Labour

Facilitator: Prof. Des Freedman, Goldsmiths

According to the UCU union, the higher education sector is the most casualised in the UK after catering, and half of universities use zero hour contracts. How can academics best survive in this environment, and how can unions and collective action help us to fight back? With Goldsmiths UCU branch secretary Des Freedman.

Workshop 3
Developing an Academic Career

Facilitator: Dr Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths

This workshop, led by Dr. Anamik Saha (Lecturer in Dept. of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths), considers the key issues concerning developing academic career during and after PhD study. Aiming to provide practical guidelines and advice for PhD students and early-career researchers who look for building their career paths in academia, this workshop discusses key ways of planning academic career during PhD study, and the ways of coping with the transition from PhD to Post-Doc and/or Lectureship positions. It also provides an overview of the current academic job market and considers how PhD students and early-career researchers can be more prepared for it.

Workshop 4

Facilitators: Martina O’Sullivan & Lina Aboujieb, Palgrave Macmillan

This workshop is a practical introduction to developing an academic book proposal in Film, Cultural and Media Studies, with a special focus on scholars thinking about pitching interdisciplinary book projects.


Writing a book proposal is a completely different process from applying for funding, conducting research, and writing up that research in articles or books. The tone and content of a book proposal needs to be succinct and clear enough for a non-specialist but it should also demonstrate how you engage with existing scholarship, demonstrate an original contribution and identify a target market. There’s quite a lot to convey in quite a short document so it can be a tricky thing to get right, especially for early career scholars or interdisciplinary researchers. This workshop will cover common misconceptions and offer practical tips to make your scholarly book proposal stand out from the crowd.

The session will be led by Martina O’Sullivan (Publisher, Journalism, Media and Communication) and Lina Aboujieb (Senior Commissioning Editor, Film, TV and Visual Culture) from Palgrave Macmillan.

Topics will include: An overview of Academic Publishing Today, Revising your dissertation, Pitching your idea, Getting the right title, Developing your description, Thinking about readership