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, 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 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.
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 Cultural Studies in France’ (for 2021 in French Cultural Studies). 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), and Neoliberalism in the Anglophone World (2019). My work has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Diogènes, Journalism Studies, Media, Culture & Society, 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 supporter of the Media Reform Coalition.
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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