‘At Least the Word Peace is Not Forbidden Yet’: Expanding Narratives for Equality and Justice

“At least, the word peace is not forbidden yet”, said a TV correspondent covering Ukraine on March 3, 2022, to end their coverage of the dispute about the term “war” to discuss the Russian aggression. Peace, as an ideal aim, is a concept that contains discourses that major actors in a conflict can exploit for political purposes. This MDC event examines how the media contribute to the discursive confusion about peaceful and just societies, with an emphasis on a critical analysis of saturated ideological perspectives and mainstream media.

Dr Ahmed Bahiya, who runs the MDC Research group in Babylon University, Iraq, has set up a new digital news group: was established in 2022, the Harf News Agency is an independent Iraqi media organization that promotes freedom of speech and pluralism in media coverage, in order strengthen democracy and human rights.

Centre right (above), the visitors at the University, and centre right (below), Brian Dodds showing the visitors round the journalism offices in the Clephan. The 8 visitors all received copies of the MDC edited collection Journalism, Power and Investigation.

On the 29th and 30th March, Pervez Khan organised a visit of lecturers from Tirana University, where he and Richard Danbury set up an Investigative Journalism unit.

Above (left), Pervez teaching a session in Tirana.

On the 30th March, Dr Giuliana Tiripelli gave a talk for the visitors on ‘Journalism HE: theory and practice for a better world’.

Media Discourse Centre, Documentary Media Centre, & LSPR Jakarta 

 Tuesday 9th November 2021, 1pm Clephan Building lecture theatre 3.01 

Presentations on PR, Journalism and Politics 

1.00pm – LSPR CEO Prita Kemal Gani, MBA, MCIPR, APR.  

The need for Public Relations in Business’.  

Taking an international perspective, this talk examines the use of PR in business transactions. 

 1.25pm – Professor Stuart Price 

 The Capitol Riot and the Concept of ‘Insurrection’ 

This paper interrogates the discursive framework within which the Capitol incursion of 6 January 2021 was presented. The predominant narrativisation of the event by ‘mainstream’ liberal US/UK media – as an ‘insurrection’, an assault on ‘the seat of democracy’, and even as a form of ‘domestic terrorism’ – reinforced the notion that the democratic order and its supposed adherence to Truth, was somehow fragile and in need of reconstruction.  

1.45pm – Dr Giuliana Tiripelli 

Researching Peace on Twitter: methodologies and discoveries 

Dr Tiripelli will introduce new research about peace discourses focussing on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. This new research shows how interactive discourse analysis can be practiced online, by taking Twitter as an example. Findings will reveal that apparently “new” discourses justifying a rejection of peace are reinforced by the polarising dynamics of the web. 

2.05 pm – Dr Ben Harbisher 

Nudge: Behavioural Science, Normative Discourse, and the Art of Consent 

This paper examines the use of Behavioural Science (or Nudge theory as it is conventionally known) as a strategy used by the British Government to justify the first national lockdown in the UK, and mitigate the spread of infections at the peak of the 2020 pandemic. As a disciplinary technique, nudges helped establish a series of political narratives that were used to dominate popular discourse throughout the crisis.  

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Media Discourse Centre’s Four Book Launch

You are most welcome to attend the Media Discourse Centre’s Four Book Launch on June 30th at 2pm (London time):

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89465265620 

Meeting ID: 894 6526 5620.

The four authors are long-standing MDC members and research associates, and we are very pleased to see the publication of their new books. Each author will talk for 10/15 minutes, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Thanks to moral support from the Meccsa Social Movements Network and the Documentary Media Centre, Leicester.


1. Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu – BBC Asian Network: the cultural production of diversity


2. Max Hanska – Communication against Domination: ideas of justice from the printing press to algorithmic media


3. Tanya Lokot – Beyond the Protest Square: digital media and augmented dissent 


4. Fernanda Amaral – Voices from the Favelas: media activism and counter-narratives from below


No registration is needed but the event is limited to the first 100 who will access it.

Best wishes,

Stuart Price and Giuliana Tiripelli, MDC – Chairs of the event.

Talk: Professor Klaus Bruhn Jensen

Professor Klaus Bruhn Jensen: “What communication is, ought to be, and could be”

As part of the PostGraduate Research Student Conference, we would like to invite all interested parties to a talk given by Professor Klaus Bruhn Jensen.

Date23 June 2020 from 10.45am to 11.15am (NOTE: TEAMS LINK IS TO WHOLE EVENT – our talk starts at 10.45am)

TalkWhat communication is, ought to be, and could be – communication and justice in digital media

Speaker: Professor Klaus Bruhn Jensen (Professor in the Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Introduced by: Dr Giuliana Tiripelli MDC, and Professor Stuart Price, MDC.


Speaker bio:

Klaus Bruhn Jensen is Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research and teaching emphasize communication theory, empirical research methodologies, and the history of media and communication. Current projects focus on internet use in different regions of the world and on normative theories of communication. Recent publications includethe International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, 4 vols and online), A Handbook of Media and Communication Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2021), A Theory of Communication of Justice (Routledge, 2021), and Media Convergence: The Three Degrees of Network, Mass, and Interpersonal Communication (Routledge, 2nd edition, forthcoming 2022). He is a recipient of the Royal Danish Order of Dannebrog, an elected member of Academia Europaea, Life Member for Service of the Association of Internet Researchers, and a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute.