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Forthcoming publication on copyright and community radio

I’ve a forthcoming publication in JRAM (the Journal of Radio and Audio Media), titled Copyright, community radio and change: How the U.S. community radio sector is negotiating changing copyright rules

Local Radio, Going Global – review out soon

My review of Guy Starkey’s Local Radio, Going Global, will be out soon from the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television.

CFP: Towards Resilient Community Media

Towards resilient community media A conference at NUI Galway (Ireland), 13-15th June, 2019 The community media sector has been the focus of an increasing amount of scholarly attention as it

Funding children’s television

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.

Hardiman scholarships at NUIG

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.

Upcoming presentation – IAMCR 2016

I’ll be presenting at IAMCR 2016 in Leicester later this month. I look forward to meeting colleagues there!

Guest talk on volunteers

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.

“Drink until you’re Irish”: tradition and cultural appropriation at the University of Illinois

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.

GEO Unofficial policyMany 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.