I am maîtres de conférences (lecturer) at l’Institut d’études culturelles et internationales (IECI) – and member of the research team, Centre d’histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporaines (CHCSC) – at l’Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) in France. I have previously taught at Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier (France), and Derby, Leicester and Nottingham Trent Universities (in the UK). I have a PhD in Media & Communications from the Theory, Culture & Society Centre (then at Nottingham Trent University, UK). I’m the founding editor of the open access journal, Media Theory, and co-editor of the Media & Communication Studies Section of the Open Library of Humanities, and was previously the Editorial Projects & Website Manager of the journals Theory, Culture & Society and Body & Society, as well as Editor of Networking Knowledge – the Journal of the MeCCSA PGN.
My research revolves around issues of media theory, history and regulation, and I’m particularly interested in the history and regulation of British and French media, as well as theoretical-methodological debates on citizenship, consumption, community/commons, neoliberalism, privacy, press freedom, public opinion and the public sphere, discourse analysis and the work of Michel Foucault. I’ve just finished a book based on my PhD research – British Broadcasting and the Public-Private Dichotomy: Neoliberalism, Citizenship and the Public Sphere (2017, Palgrave Macmillan) – and recently co-organised (with Marc Lenormand) a conference on ‘Neoliberalism in the Anglophone World’, held at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, in March 2017. Following the conference, we are currently editing a special issue on the same subject in Angles (http://angles.saesfrance.org/), as well as a book, Neoliberalism in Context (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), both to be published in 2018. I’m also currently organising a conference on Islamophobia and French media, to be held in June 2018 in Versailles.
I’ve previously edited or co-edited journal special issues and sections on Mediatizing Gaza (2015), Fortress Europe: Media, Migration and Borders (2016) and Neoliberalism, Media and Power (2016). My work has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journalism Studies, Media, Culture & Society, Sociological Research Online, The Sociological Review and Theory, Culture & Society, as well as on websites such as openDemocracy, raison-publique.fr, theoryculturesociety.org and Truthout.
I’m a member of MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), CPBF (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom), SFSIC (Société Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication) and SAES (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur).
The purpose of this blog is to provide an Open Access repository of all my work.
Contact me at: simondawes0[at]gmail[dot]com
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