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), and worked as a research assistant on creative industries in Nottingham for a while. 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, the editor-in-chief of French Cultural Studies, 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, particularly in terms of the media’s relation to publics and democracy, 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 and Jurgen Habermas. I’ve written a book based on my PhD research – British Broadcasting and the Public-Private Dichotomy: Neoliberalism, Citizenship and the Public Sphere (2017, Palgrave) – and co-edited (with Marc Lenormand) the book, Neoliberalism in Context: Governance, Subjectivity and Knowledge (2019, Palgrave), and have organised or co-organised conferences on subjects such as Neoliberalism and Islamophobia. At the moment I’m mostly working on media freedom, racism and Islamophobia.
I’m currently co-editing (with Annette Hill) a special issue on ‘Media Freedom and Stricture’ (for 2020 in Javnost – The Public) and editing a special issue on ‘Islamophobia, Racialisation and the ‘Muslim problem’ in France’ (for 2021 in French Cultural Studies), as well as a special issue on ‘Michel Serres and Media Theory’ (for 2021 in Media Theory). I’ve previously edited or co-edited journal special issues and sections on Mediatizing Gaza (2015), Fortress Europe: Media, Migration and Borders (2016), Neoliberalism, Media and Power (2016), Edward S. Herman and the Propaganda Model Today (2018), Muslims in the Media (2019), Paul Virilio and Media Theory (2019), and Neoliberalism in the Anglophone World (2019). My work has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Diogènes, Javnost – The Public, Journalism Studies, Media, Culture & Society, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, Sociological Research Online, The Sociological Review, Theory, Culture & Society and Thesis Eleven, as well as on websites such as openDemocracy, The Conversation, Inforrm, raison-publique.fr, theoryculturesociety.org, Truthout and Nation of Change.
I’m a member of MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), CPBF (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom) until its demise, SFSIC (Société Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication) and SAES (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur). I’m also a contributor to the Media Reform Coalition.
The purpose of this blog is to provide an Open Access repository of all my work. I also have a private life, but that’s none of your business.
Contact me at: simondawes0[at]gmail[dot]com
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