Fifteen Annenberg Faculty and Students Present at IAMCR 2016

Fifteen Annenberg School for Communication faculty and students presented their research last week at the 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Leicester, United Kingdom. Professor Barbie Zelizer gave a plenary speech, "Journalism’s Deep Memory: Cold War Mindedness and Coverage of Islamic State​," during the conference theme plenary, "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” IAMCR 2016 was hosted by the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. 


Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.

Professor Amy Jordan, who recently completed her tenure as president of the International Communication Association (ICA), organized, chaired, and served as a respondent on the panel "What does it mean to be an international association?" 


Amy Jordan, Ph.D. (right), with panelists including Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D. (third from right)

The following faculty presented their research: 

Professor Victor Pickard: “The Political Economy of Digital Journalism: Discursive Capture, Market Ontology, and Corporate-Libertarian Mythologies”


Victor Pickard, Ph.D.

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Sandra Ristovska: “From Activism to Advocacy:  An Examination of the Role of Video in Human Rights Work”

Postdoctoral Fellow Roger Caruth: A Comparative Thematic Analysis of Oral History Interviews Conducted by the Museum of the Caribbean Diaspora: A Digital Repository 


(L to R): Roger Caruth, J.D., Ph.D., with Tonny Krijnen, Ph.D., of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Noam Tirosh from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The following doctoral students and doctoral candidates presented research:

Opeyemi Akanbi: “Analogies of the Digital”

David Elliot Berman: “Bot-ifying the Audience: The Political Economy of the Traffic Traffickers” 

Lyndsey Beutin: “$777 Trillion: From Reparations for Slavery to Historical Appropriation in the ‘Modern Day Slavery’ Discourse”

Leah Ferentinos: “Lessons and Questions in Community Activism: A Look at the Mobilization of a Small U.S. Town During the AIDS Epidemic”


Leah Ferentinos in Leicester, U.K.

Elisabetta Ferrari: “Play, Individualism, Exploitation: Towards a Comprehensive Critique of the Web 2.0 and its Relationship with Contentious Politics”

Nour Halabi: “Recreating Syria: Nostalgia and Home-building in Sarouja Restaurant” and “The Buy Egyptian Campaign: Political Consumption and Neoliberal Nationalism”

Jennifer Henrichsen: “Digital Security Technologies for Journalists: Integrating Diffusion of Innovation Theory and Theories of Persuasion to Develop Messaging That May Facilitate Adoption.” Henrichsen also spoke on the panel “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development”


Jennifer Henrichsen (back row, second from right) with her fellow panelists

Samantha Oliver: “A Preliminary Typology of War Commemoration” 

Revati Prasad: “Enmeshed: Cultural and Political Practices of Mesh Networks as alternative ISPs” 

Natacha Yazbeck: “Behind the Byline: The role of stringer-based reporting in 21st century news making”

Kate Zambon: “Immigrants in the Catalanist Project: The Politics of Language and Culture in the Push for Independence” (with Marta Iturrate of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain) and “Sporting Integration and the Productive Population”


Kate Zambon presenting at IAMCR