Professor David Morley

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Professor David Morley

David Morley’s interdisciplinary work spans media audience/technology studies, cultural geography and globalisation. He has held visiting Professorships/Fellowships at universities in Australia, China, France, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States. His work has been translated into 22 languages.

As a member of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, he worked with Stuart Hall to develop empirical research based on the paradigm-setting encoding/decoding model of media audiences. He has subsequently co-edited two critical collections of Hall`s work ('Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies`, 1996 and `Conversations, Projects and Legacies` 2016), and most recently he has edited the two-volume set of Hall’s `Essential Essays` (Vol 1 `The Foundations of Cultural Studies`; Vol 2 `Identity and Diaspora`) to be published by Duke University Press in 2019.

At CCCS he pioneered the development of anthropological and ethnographic techniques in audience/technology studies (see `Towards an Ethnography of Media Audiences` 1974). His work helped to set the conceptual agenda for the study of media consumption internationally, focussing initially on questions of class (in the widely influential `Nationwide Audience` ,1978), and later on questions of gender and domesticity, in studies of the household uses of information and communication technology (`Family Television` 1986)

His subsequent work in cultural geography (`Spaces of Identity` 1996, ; `Home Territories` 2000 and `Media Modernity and Technology` 2006) encompasses macro questions about the role of satellite television , the Internet and the mobile phone in the constitution of the electronic landscapes within which we now live. His latest book `Communications and Mobility : the Mobile Phone, the Migrant and the Container Box` (2016) investigates the changing articulation of virtual and material geographies It seeks to offer a grounded critique of the paradigms of `nomadology` which have come to dominate contemporary work on phenomena such as `techno-globalisation` and `de-territorialisation` and re-examines ideas of home, community, place and territory, in the context of the spread of identity panics and the tightening of borders, across the globe.

He is the editor of the Comedia book series for Routledge and is on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of a number of journals, including Cultural Studies, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Television and New Media

AIL-Talk: David Morley – Home Territories – Virtual and Material Geographies (V.2) from Angewandte Innovation Lab.

The Question of Theory in Cultural Studies - Professor David Morley, Goldsmiths, University of London from Goldsmiths, University of London.

`David Morley discussing the fundamental principles of Stuart Hall's `encoding/decoding` model of communication, in a video link presentation to a conference of communications and journalism students held in Bangalore, India in February 2019`

Areas of supervision

PhD topics supervised include:

Media power, space and place

The cultural significance of MTV Europe

Cultural identity and communications technologies in Taiwan

Television, the public sphere and the representation of ‘race’ in the UK

Satellite television and youth culture in Thailand

Music and cultural identity in Korea

Multicultural broadcasting in Eastern Europe

Telenovelas and political culture in Mexico

Japanese migrant cultural experiences in New York and London

The circulation of ‘cool’ between London and Tokyo

Transnational film culture is in Taiwan

The culture of the Jamaican reggae sound system

The Simpsons as inter-textual television

The ethnography of online music-file sharing

Media consumption in the Chinese diaspora

Technological competencies and media literacies

Transnational Television Consumption and Cultural Flows in East Asia;

Negotiating Public Screens in the Mediated City;

The Ethnography of Inuit conceptions of `internet`



Morley, David G.. 2017. Communications and Mobility: The Migrant, the Mobile Phone, and the Container Box. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-405-19201-9

Morley, David G.. 2007. Media, Modernity and Technology: the Geography of the New. Routledge. ISBN 9780415333429

Morley, David G. and Curran, James P.. 2006. Media and Cultural Theory. Routledge. ISBN 9780415317054

Morley, David G. and Robins, K.. 2001. British Cultural Studies: Geography, Nationality, and Identity. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198742061

Morley, David G. and Robins, Kevin. 1996. Spaces of Identity: Global Media, Electronic Landscapes and Cultural Boundaries. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415095969

Morley, David G.. 1992. Television, Audiences and Cultural Studies. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415054454

Morley, David G.. 1986. Family Television: Cultural Power and Domestic Leisure. Comedia. ISBN 978-0415039703

Morley, David G.. 1980. The Nationwide Audience. British Film Institute. ISBN 978-0851700977

Brunsdon, Charlotte and Morley, David G.. 1978. Everyday Television: Nationwide. British Film Institute. ISBN 978-0851700809

Edited Book

Morley, David G., ed. 2019. Stuart Hall: Essential Essays Volume 1 - Foundations of Cultural Studies. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 9781478000938

Morley, David G., ed. 2019. Stuart Hall: Essential Essays Volume 2 - Identity and Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 9781478001638

Henriques, Julian F. and Morley, David G., eds. 2018. Stuart Hall: Conversations, Projects and Legacies. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 978 1 906897 47 5

Morley, David G., ed. 2000. Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415157643

Morley, David G. and Chen, Kuan-Hsing, eds. 1996. Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415088039

Book Section

Morley, David G.. 2018. The Politics of Theory and Method in Cultural Studies. In: Julian F. Henriques; David G. Morley and Vana Goblot, eds. Stuart Hall: Conversations, Projects and Legacies. London: Goldsmiths Press, pp. 47-53. ISBN 9781906897475

Drakulić, Slavenka; Morley, David G.; Krajina, Zlatan and Blanuša, Nebojša. 2016. Can Western Europe be at home in the Balkans? In: Zlatan Krajina and Nebojša Blanuša, eds. EU, Europe, Unfinished: Mediating Europe and the Balkans in a Time of Crisis. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, pp. 217-238. ISBN 9781783489787

Morley, David G.. 2014. On living in a techno-globalised world: Questions of history and geography. In: , ed. Technological Determinism and Social Change. 30 (2) Lexington, pp. 61-65. ISBN 0739191241

Morley, David G.. 2011. Electronic Landscapes: Between the Virtual and the Actual. In: M Christensen; A Jansson and C Christensen, eds. Online Territories: Globalisation, Mediated Prartice and Social Space. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 273-290. ISBN 978-1-433-10797-9

Morley, David G.. 2010. Television as a Means of Transport: Digital Teletechnologies and Transmodal Systems. In: Jostein Gripsrud, ed. Relocating Television: Television in the Digital Context. London: Routledge, pp. 257-270. ISBN 978-0-415-56453-3

Morley, David G.. 2009. Canons, Orthodoxies, Ghosts and Dead Satues. In: Ladina Bezzola Lambert and Andrea Ochsner, eds. Moment to Monument: The Making and Unmaking of Cultural Significance. Biedenfeld: Transcript Verlag, pp. 209-222. ISBN 978-3-889-42962-6

Morley, David G.. 2007. The Alternative Press - Press and Publishing. In: Kate Coyer; Tony Dowmunt and Alan Fountain, eds. The Alternative Media Handbook. London: Routledge, pp. 47-58. ISBN 978-0415359658

Morley, David G.. 2007. The News from Birmingham – How Media Studies got a Brummejum Accent` and `Re-Conceptualisng the Media Audience'. In: Ann Gray, ed. Cultural Studies (2 vols). Routledge.

Morley, David G.. 2006. `Unaswered Questions in Audience Research`. In: Isabelle Charpentier, ed. Comment sont reçues les oeuvres : Actualités des recherches en sociologie de la réception et des publics. Paris: Editions Créaphis. ISBN 978-2913610736

Morley, David G.. 2005. `Belongings: Place, Space and Identity` (in Spanish translation). In: Leonor Arfuch, ed. Pensar Este Tiempo. Buenos Aires: Paidos. ISBN 978-9501265521

Morley, David G.. 2005. Communication technologies and the re-configuration of Europe. In: Valentina Vitali and Paul Willemen, eds. Theorising National Cinema. BFI Publishing. ISBN 978-1844571208

Morley, David G.. 2005. Globalisation and cultural imperialism re-considered: old questions in new guises. In: James P. Curran and David G. Morley, eds. Media and Cultural Theory. Routledge, pp. 30-43. ISBN 978-0415317054

Morley, David G.. 2005. The domestication of the media and the dis-location of domesticity. In: Thomas Berker, ed. The Domestication of Media and Technology. Open University Press, pp. 21-39. ISBN 978-0335217687


Morley, David G.. 2015. Audience Studies: Class, Technology and Politics (Les Ancrages Sociaux de la Reception). Politiques de Communication, 4(1), pp. 19-35. ISSN 2271-068X

Morley, David G. and Christensen, Miyase. 2014. New Media, New Crises, New Theories? An Interview with David Morley. Popular Communication, 12(4), pp. 208-222. ISSN 1540-5702

Morley, David G.. 2014. Cultural Studies, Common Sense and Communications. Cultural Studies, 29(1), pp. 23-31. ISSN 0950-2386

Krajina, Zlatan; Moores, Shaun and Morley, David G.. 2014. Non-media-centric media studies: A Cross-generational conversation. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(6), pp. 1-19. ISSN 1367-5494

Morley, David G.. 2013. David Morley Interview - 3 June 2011. Cultural Studies, 27(5), pp. 833-845. ISSN 0950-2386

Morley, David G.. 2012. Television, Technology and Culture: A Contextualist Approach. The Communication Review, 15(2), pp. 79-105. ISSN 1071-4421

Morley, David G.. 2011. Decoding , diaspora and disjuncture - Arjun Appadurai in dialogue with David Morley. New Formations, 73, pp. 44-55. ISSN 0950-2378

Morley, David G. and Jin, Huimin. 2011. British Cultural Studies, Active Audiences and the Status of Cultural Theory : An Interview With David Morley. Theory, Culture and Society, 28(4), pp. 124-144.

Morley, David G.. 2011. Communications and Transport: The mobility of information, people and commodities. Media, Culture & Society, 33(5), pp. 743-759. ISSN 0163-4437

Morley, David G.. 2009. Mediated Class-ifications: Representations of Class and Culture in Contemporary British Television. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 12(4), pp. 487-508. ISSN 1367-5494

Morley, David G.. 2007. Istanbul Tales: Autobiography and the City. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 37, ISSN 1362-6620

Morley, David G.. 2006. Unanswered Questions in Audience research. The Communication Review, 9(2), pp. 101-121. ISSN 10714421

Morley, David G.. 2003. What`s Home got to do with it? European Journal of Cultural Studies, 6(4), pp. 435-458. ISSN 1367-5494

Morley, David G.. 2001. Belongings – space , place and identity in a mediated world. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 4(4), pp. 425-448. ISSN 1367-5494

Conference or Workshop Item

Morley, David G.. 2008. 'Communications and Transport'. In: Towards a Materialist Communications Studies. Cultural Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Morley, David G.. 2008. 'New Times and New Spaces?'. In: New Times and New Spaces. School of Communications, University of Melbourne, United Kingdom.

Morley, David G.. 2007. 'Media Studies Today'. In: Media Studies Today. Kadir Has University, United Kingdom.

Morley, David G.. 2007. 'The Resistance of Material Geographies'. In: School of Cultural Studies Conference. Bilgi University, Turkey.

Morley, David G.. 2007. 'TechnoZones'. In: International Humanities Centre. UC Santa Barbara, United States.

Morley, David G.. 2007. 'Alternative Modernities/Histories'. In: Cultures of Globalization. Internationales Forschungeszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna, Austria.

Morley, David G.. 2007. 'Canons, Orthodoxies and Dead Statues'. In: Moment to Monument Conference. University of Basle, Switzerland.

Morley, David G.. 2007. '‘New Media Theory – Some Problems’'. In: University of Sunderland. Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Morley, David G.. 2007. '‘Technology and the Idea of Home’'. In: Bartlett School of Planning. University College London, United Kingdom.

Morley, David G.. 2007. '‘Globalisation and Cultural Imperialism` and ‘Audience Research Today`'. In: Dept of Journalism and Communication, American University in Cairo. Cairo, Egypt.

Morley, David G.. 2006. 'Material Globalisation: Shipping Matters’'. In: `Homeland Securities` conference (New York University). New York, United States.

Morley, David G.. 2006. 'Media Technologies and their Uses'. In: Dept of Communications, Fordham University. New York, United States.

Morley, David G.. 2006. 'Techno-Rhetorics'. In: University of Gloucester. Gloucester, United Kingdom.

Morley, David G.. 2006. 'Regional Theories and Electronic Landscapes'. In: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.

Morley, David G.. 2006. 'The Geography of the New'. In: Dept of Media Studies,University of Bremen. Bremen, Germany.

Morley, David G.. 2006. 'Technologies of Magic'. In: Dept of Radio-Film-Television, NorthWestern University. Chicago, United States.

Morley, David G.. 2006. 'After Globalisation` and ` Heimat and Home'. In: Dept of Communication, Central European University. Budapest, Hungary.

Morley, David G.. 2005. 'Old perspectives on `new` technologies` ‘Mobile Identities'. In: Conference Institute of Advanced Studies. Lancaster University, United Kingdom.

Morley, David G.. 2005. 'Globalisation Today'. In: Network Societies and Post-Industrial Identities Conference. Eberhard Karls Universitat, Tuebingen, Germany.

Morley, David G.. 2005. 'Cultural studies and its regional forms'. In: Mexican Association of Mass Communications Researchers Workshop. Mexico City, Mexico.

Morley, David G.. 2005. 'Mediation, domestication and dis-location'. In: American Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference. London, United Kingdom.