We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for IR 13.0 will be Liesbet van Zoonen. The title of her speech is ‘Fixating the fragmented self: converging cultures and technologies of identity management’.
Liesbet van Zoonen is professor of media and communication at Loughborough University, UK and professor in media and popular culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. For more than 20 years she worked at the University of Amsterdam and she has held positions as professor II at Oslo University, and as visiting professor at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) and the Hochschüle für Film und Fernsehen (Germany). She is the editor of the European Journal of Communication. Her research covers a wide range of issues in the social sciences, but all concern the question whether and how popular culture is a relevant resource for civic understanding and social participation. She has applied the popular culture perspective to religion and analyzed the connections between political communication and popular culture in her book Entertaining the citizen: when politics and popular culture converge (2005). She is internationally known for her work on gender and media (Feminist Media Studies, 1994), which has been translated into Chinese, French, Portuguese, Serbian and Italian.