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The Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre was founded in 2007 with a £1.25 million grant from the Leverhulme Media Trust. During the five years to the end of the grant, in 2012, the centre has produced empirically grounded, interdisciplinary research on changing media spaces and design, focusing on five main areas:

The projects have produced numerous publications, public lectures, held annual symposia and a final three-day conference to present work publically and promote feedback. While each project has been autonomous, they also connect to each other. Combined, they present a complex picture of transformation, possibility and continuity in terms of new media’s relationship to society, offering a way out of the simple binarism that has previously limited the field of digital studies.

The Leverhulme Media Research Centre is continuing to grow. Part of its work entails harvesting the results of its initial programme of research. For example, project five (Tracking the Moving Image) has recently secured three book contracts in which to present different aspects of its work.

The Centre has also developed new initiatives. Thus, Project one (Spaces of the News) has been successful in securing grants from five sources - The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), CarnegieMedia TrustOpen Society Foundation (OSF) and Kikawada Foundation. This has given its Spaces of News project a greater comparative, local and policy orientation. The Centre is also as much about doing as about analysis, and we hope to put in a theory-practice bid that involves media, design and computing in the future. 



Natalie Fenton, (2014) Dallas Smythe Memorial Lecture ‘Pulling Punches: media power, people power and this thing called democracy.’ Vancouver.

Monika Metykova, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association annual conference Media and the Margins, Bournemouth University, key note: “Alternatives to Nation-Centric Approaches to Media” 10 January 2014 

Chris Berry, Shanghai's Public Screen Culture: Dancing Under the Screenlight at Pentagon Plaza.” Media and Asian Globalization: China and India, 1977 – Present. New York University, 30 March 2013.

In 2013, James Curran became the second British academic to be made a Fellow of the International Communication Association in recognition of his lifetime research on the media.

Des Freedman, Oral submission to House of Lords Communications Committee inquiry on media plurality, October 2013

Peter Lee-Wright, The Public Service Broadcaster and the Privateer (paper for International Symposium on Media and Mass Communication, Bulgaria, September 2013)

Angela Phillips, After Leveson, is Citizen Journalism the Answer?  Paper: “Bloggers and Leveson: to regulate or not.”, LCC, London June 2013

On 8th February 2013, James Curran gave a keynote address, ‘The Failure of Press Reformism in Britain Until Now?; 1945-2013’ to the Media Policy Post-Leveson Conference at Bournemouth University.

On 11th January 2013, Professor James Curran gave a plenary keynote address to the ‘Spaces and Places of Culture’ Annual Conference of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MECCSA) in Derry/Londonderry. His address was entitled ‘Mickey Mouse Squeaks Back’. It can be viewed, along with the address of the other speaker, Terry Eagleton, on

Professor James Curran was interviewed on Radio 4 in 'Archive on 4: Regulation of the Press' on 17 November 2012.

Professor James Curran presented a public lecture on 'Citizenship, Internet and Democracy: A New Public Sphere?' at the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, 12 November 2012.


Dr Des Freedman presented a paper on 'Profits of the New Media Economy' to the ECREA Conference in Istanbul in October 2012 and was invited to present on a similar topic by the Media, ICT and Cultural Policy Research Group at the University of Bergen in November 2012. 

Dr Des Freedman was invited to speak to the International Symposium on 'Communication and Global Power Shifts' at the Communication University of China in Beijing, October 2012. 


Professor James Curran gave a masterclass on 'From the Rise of Media Entertainment to Misunderstanding the Internet' at the International Communication Association Conference in Phoenix, USA on 26 May 2012. 

Professor James Curran delivered the opening keynote address 'Demystifying the Internet' at the Identity, Culture and Communication Conference in Madrid, 19 April 2012.

Professor James Curran gave a keynote address on 'New Communications Technology and Societal Change' at a Centenary Conference at the University of Lisbon, 28 February 2012.

Professor James Curran presented a paper on 'Reassessing the Impact of the Internet' to the Social Media and Journalism Conference at Dublin City University, 22 February 2012.


Professor Natalie Fenton delivered her inaugral lecture 'Press, Publics, Protest and Power' on 13 December 2011 at Goldsmiths University London.


Dr Des Freedman and Professor Natalie Fenton spoke on media reform at the Bank of Ideas on 19 December 2011.


Professor Natalie Fenton presented a paper to a conference 'Trust. Revisited' at Edinburgh University on 25 November 2011 titled 'Press, Politics Power and the Public Interest'.

Professor Natalie Fenton gave a keynote lecture to a conference at Bergen University on 4 November 2011: 'New Ways of Telling Truths or Tales: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age'.


Professor James Curran gave expert public presentation to the Leveson Inquiry, 21 October 2011


On 12 October 2011, a new book by Toril Aalberg and James Curran (eds) was published, entitled, How Media Inform Democracy (Routledge, New York), in which James Curran co-authored four essays.


Rachel Moore and Janet Harbord's paper, "Film in our midst: City as cinematic archive," was published in Urban Cinematics: Understanding Urban Phenomena through the Moving Image this past summer.


On 17 September, James Curran gave a keynote address at Lingnan University Conference in Hong Kong on 'Impact of the Internet: An Historical Perspective'.

While on 21 September, Professor Curran was in Sydney giving a public lecture on 'Internet: Prophecy and Reality' at the Police Museum and, which was broadcast by ABC in its 'Big Ideas Series' on October 16, 2011. Listen to the broadcast here.


Mapping Digital Media: United Kingdom, written by Des Freedman and Justin Schlosberg, now available online.


In May 2011, Professor James Curran became the first winner of the Edwin C. Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy awarded by the Philosophy of Communication, Law and Policy Divisions of the International Communication Association in recognition of his long-term research in this field.

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