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Media and Communication

This theme explores the production, uses and textual analysis of digital media. This includes mainstream media, including journalism and PR, and social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. We study the relationship of media to conflict and security; religion, morality and sexuality; humanitarianism, human rights and other forms of activism. We also work on the role of media in the creation of publics and counter-publics; nationhood, NGO work, business and international politics. Although much of our work focuses on the mediated communication which sub-Saharan groups have with each other, we have expertise in how Africa is represented by others. These include media organisations in Europe and North America, and, in newer research, in China and the Middle East as well.