Major conflicts today are invariably mediatized conflicts. Though fewer States are at war than in the past, many are locked in internal conflicts and internecine struggles. New wars, asymmetric wars and terror post 9/11 find prominent media exposure and cultural identities, social movements and single issue campaigns contend and contest for public recognition.
Today it seems, everyone from eco-warriors to elected presidents look to the media to advance their strategic aims. This Group brings together over 20 researchers actively involved in the study of diverse mediatized conflicts. Current work by the group addresses the following themes:
- War, Insurgency and Terrorism
- Crime, Punishment, Sexual Violnce
- Television Journalism and the Communication of Global Crises
- Racist Murder and Media Performance
- Developments in Media and Conflict Studies
- Demonstrations, Protest and Urban Riots
- The Globalizing Field of Aid-Media Interactions
- Mediatized Ritual, Princess Diana and the Politics of Public Mourning
Major funded research project topics include prison media coverage, embedded reporting, children's responses news and television journalism. Funding bodies include Cardiff University, British Academy and the BBC.
PhD students studying media and conflict
This Research Group includes PhD students developing a wide range of studies on mediatized conflict including projects such as: 'Press coverage of terrorist activities in Saudi Arabia' (Moded Al-Ajmi); 'British Nuclear Apocalypticism' (Gwilym Thear), 'Media War between Lebanon and Israel' (Zahera Harb) and 'The Role of the Media in Peacebuilding in Post-conflict Societies' (Linda Mitchell), 'the representation of women murderers in the Daily Express (1900-2000)' (Sadie Clifford).
Members of the Group have produced many publications. In addition one member of the Group, Dr Paul Mason, edits the Journal for Crime, Conflict and Media Culture, and Professor Simon Cottle is series editing 12-14 books in the new Global Crises and Media series currently being commissioned for Peter Lang Publisher, New York.
Links with other Research Groups
Many of our research projects involve interdisciplinary collaborations with other Schools at Cardiff and members of the Group also contribute to research within JOMEC focusing on ‘Journalism Studies Research’, ‘Risk, Science and Health’ and 'Race, Representation and Cultural Politics’.
We also have strong links with colleagues both nationally and internationally and the School attracts Visiting Fellows from all over the world.