Last week was the 25th anniversary of the founding of Flirt FM, Galway’s student radio station. I was the founding station manager at the station, and I got to go back on air as part of the celebrations – in the afternoon with my sons (including an interview they completed with my father, about his involvement with RTÉ’s Galway Community Radio project in the 1970s/1980s), and later with media analysts/scholars Paul Riismandel and John Anderson, where we explored the role of alternative media in covering protest.
Then this week I was part of a discussion on Paul’s radio show/podcast, Radio Survivor, where (along with current Flirt FM station manager Paula Healy, and co-hosts Jennifer Waits and Eric Klein). Lots of fun, and some serious discussions too.
Update: This paper has been accepted for publication in Science and Public Policy.
An article I contributed to, authored by an international group of open science advocates, is now available as a per-print. The article provides an overview of the background to, rationale for, and operation of Open Science Communities.
I’ve been appointed as a member of the Interim Steering Group of the Irish Media Literacy Network established by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
In late 2016, the BAI finalised and published its Media Literacy Policy. The policy arises from the BAI’s obligations under the Broadcasting Act 2009 to foster, develop and undertake media literacy activities. As part of the policy, the BAI committed to the development of a Media Literacy Network. The goal of the Irish Media Literacy Network is to help empower people with the skills and knowledge to make informed choices about the media content and services that they consume, create and disseminate.
The Network first met last July, and an Interim Steering Group has now been established. The Steering Group has 12 members, representative of a range of stakeholders, including audiovisual providers, online platforms, public entities/agencies, and academia. The first meeting will be in late October, with meetings of the larger group expected early next year.
I have a letter in today’s Irish Times tying together a recent controversy regarding children’s television at RTÉ with broader concerns about funding our national broadcaster.
Potential PhD students might be interested in applying for the Hardiman Scholarships, which provide fully-funded PhD study at NUI Galway. Applications will be due later this autumn, and the website is accepting registration of interest at the moment.
Applicants need to identify, and obtain letters of support from, potential academic advisors. I’m particularly interested in hearing from those interested in studying the political economy of the mass media (particularly the manner in which the media are responding to changing challenges from internet technologies), or exploring alternative and community media.
I gave a guest talk to a Sociology seminar (SP3115 – Volunteering: Theory, policy and practice) earlier this year, and the event was captured on video.
I spoke today at the Crisis, Migration, and Performance symposium taking place at NUIG. It was a great opportunity to engage with scholars coming to these issues from a different perspective (performance studies and allied areas), and it made for a vibrant and useful encounter.
My presentation was centred around my experiences at the University of Illinois, where the struggle around ‘Chief Illiniwek’ (the problematic athletics mascot) and the the annual ‘Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day’ became entangled, both in terms of iconography and in how they demonstrated problematic cultural appropriation.
Many of my friends and colleagues will have been familiar with my own one-person campaign against Unofficial, and in this work I both reflect on that and seek to problematise some of the issues that arise, such as cultural authenticity/essentialism; the differing priorities and strategies of various institutional players (University of Illinois, Irish tourism and business interests, global drinks companies, Urbana-Champaign bar owners, etc.); intersectionality of privilege ethnic identity; my own attitude and position in the debate.
I was pleased recently to secure funding from the BAI, in collaboration with Flirt FM, for a research project exploring the organisational capacity of the station, with the aim of identifying opportunities to expand and make more robust the station’s structures and operations.
Interested in studying (at doctoral level) at NUI Galway? Then you should check out the Hardiman Research Fellowships which offer fees and living expenses for those looking to do PhD research at the university. For 2015, the deadline for application is 20th November.
Other upcoming opportunities of note at the university include short-term visiting appointments for Canadian residents, as visiting professors (established academics) or scholars (at PhD student and post-doc level). More generally, the deadline is fast approaching for the Government of Ireland post-doctoral fellowships (deadline 4pm Irish time on 24th November).