Contexts of media production and contexts of media reception have been as important as textual analysis in many of its ventures as has been the wider notions of space and culture which nest mediated social practices.
The interest in contemporary communications is at the heart of our enterprise, though always with a focus on how media from print journalism, online and social communication to film, radio and TV deploy their affordances to communicative and social effect.
The Department has a wide range of research interests currently grouped within our four research groups: Culture, Space and Memory; Discourse and Society; Media, Politics and Society; and Screen and Film Studies.
Through members of the Department, our research is also connected to the University of Liverpool's Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, the UK national Centre for Cultural Value and, up to 2019, the Institute for Cultural Capital, which we were founding members of. We also run two series of widely-recognised seminars, in Media, Communication & Politics as well as the Liverpool Film Seminar. These seminars gather staff, postgraduate research students and the wider academic community on Merseyside and in the North West of England.