Professor of Media and Communications
Lilie Chouliaraki BA School of Philosophy, University of Athens; MA and PhD Dept of Linguistics, Lancaster University.
I joined the LSE in 2007 as Chair in Media and Communications. I am Director of the Department's PhD Programme.
My main interest is in media ethics, broadly understood as the moral implications of mediated communication in contemporary public life. I have published extensively on the nature of mediated public discourse, particularly on the link between mediation, social action and cosmopolitan citizenship.
My main research focus lies in the mediation of human vulnerability, and I have spent the past ten years exploring three key domains within which human vulnerability appears as a problem of communication: disaster news, humanitarianism and war. In my work on the mediation of disaster news, I have shown the ways in which Western national and trans-national television networks follow hierachical patterns in their narrative organisation of news on distant suffering and, hence, in the systematic distribution of ethical sensibilities towards distant others. In so doing, I conclude, they reproduce global hierarchies of place and human life, along a West/non-West axis (The Spectatorship of Suffering, Sage 2006/2011). In more recent work, on the mediation of solidarity, I explored how the humanitarian imperative has changed in the course of the past fifty years. Looking into NGO appeals, rock concerts, celebrity advocacy and post-television disaster news, I demonstrated how major institutional (the commercialisation of the aid and development field), technological (the rise of new media) and political (the fall of grand narratives) transformations have also changed the moral imperative to act on distant others who need our support. As a consequence, I argued, solidarity has today become not about conviction but choice, not vision but lifestyle, not others but ourselves - turning us into the ironic spectators of other people's suffering (The Ironic Spectator. Solidarity in the Age of Post-humanitarianism, Polity, 2012). My current work focuses on the mediation of war, where I explore the various public genres through which war has been mundanely communicated in our culture, from photojournalism to films and from memoirs to news. The aim is to better understand how our collective imagination of the battlefield and its sufferings, what we may call our 'war imaginary', has been shaping the moral tissue of public life, in the course of the past century (1914-2012).
I am Director of the PhD Programme in Media and Communications, leading the compulsory seminars for our research students (MC500). Our programme has some 35 students registered and has a target of an annual intake of 6 new students each year.
I also co-teach the Critical Studies in Media and Journalism (MC422) optional course, with Polis Director Charlie Beckett, and contribute lectures to selected courses for the MSc Programmes offered by the Department. I supervise PhD students at the LSE. Their topics include the mediation of fundamentalism in conservative political rhetoric in USA; the European public debate on Islam; the mediation of death in news channels; the organisational dynamics of Al Jazeera English. Applicants with backgrounds in social science disciplines including media studies, communication and discourse studies, political science and sociology are encouraged to apply.
External and Internal Commitments
I am Honorary Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. I was Professor of Media and Discourse Studies at CBS until July 2007, where I directed the CBS Media Hub, and the international network for the Ethics of Mediation, MediaDemos. I am currently part of the International Advisory Board of the 'Responsible Business' research network based at Copenhagen Business School (2009-12).
I am also Peer Reviewer on the Qatar National Research Foundation and of the AHRC Peer Review College. Finally, I am visiting Professor at CELSA-Sorbonne, Paris, Michealmas Term 2011.
Selected Academic Publications
LSE Research Online
Lilie Chouliaraki Self-mediation: New Media, Citizenship and Civil Selves Routledge, London 2012
Lilie Chouliaraki The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism Polity, Cambridge 2012
Chouliaraki Lilie & Morsing Mette (eds) Media Organisations Identity Palgrave, London 2010
Lilie Chouliaraki (ed) The Soft Power of War Benjamins, Amsterdam and Philadelphia 2007
Lilie Chouliaraki The Spectatorship of Suffering Sage, London 2006
Lilie Chouliaraki & Martin Bayer (eds) Pedagogik, Diskurs og Magt Akademisk Forlag, Copenhagen 2001
Lilie Chouliaraki & Norman Fairclough Discourse in Late Modernity Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 1999
Other publications by area
Media, Ethics, Public Life
Lilie Chouliaraki Re-mediation, Inter-mediation, Trans-mediation: The cosmopolitan trajectories of convergent journalism.' Journalism Studies Vol. 14 nr 1 pp. tbc 2013a
Lilie Chouliaraki Mediating Vulnerability: Cosmopolitanism and the public sphere in Media Culture and Society Vol. 35 Nr 1 pp. tbc 2013b
Lilie Chouliaraki The humanity of war: Iconic photojournalism, 1914-2012 in Visual Communication Vol. 12 Nr 3 pp. tbc - longer version appearing as in Couldry N., Madianou M. & Pinchevski A. (eds) The Ethics of Media London: Palgrave 2013c
Lilie Chouliaraki Between Pity and Irony: Paradigms of refugee representation in humanitarian discourse in Moore K. Gross B. & Threadgold T. Migrations and the Media New York: Peter Lang pp. 13-32 2012
Lilie Chouliaraki Improper Distance: A Critique of Solidarity as Irony in Chouliaraki L. & Orgad S. (eds) Mediation, Ethics and Otherness special issue in the memory of Prof. Roger Silverstone. International Journal of Cultural Studies Vol. 14 Nr 4 pp. tba 2011 - longer version appears also in Lilie Chouliaraki (2012) in Braidotti R. Blaagaard B. & Hanafin P. (eds) After Cosmopolitanism London: Routledge 2012
Lilie Chouliaraki & Shani Orgad Mediation, Ethics and Otherness. Introduction in Chouliaraki L. & orgad S. (eds) special issue in the memory of Prof. Roger Silverstone International Journal of Cultural Studies Vol.14 Nr.4 pp. tba 2011
Lilie Chouliaraki The theatricality of humanitarianism: a critique of celebrity advocacy in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Vol. 8 Nr 4 2011
Lilie Chouliaraki Ordinary witnessing in post-television news: Towards a new moral imagination in L. Chouliaraki (ed) Self-mediation: Citizenship and New Media, special issue Critical Discourse Studies Vol. 7 Nr 3 2010. ICA, Journalism Studies Division 'Top Faculty Paper' Award
Lilie Chouliaraki Introduction. Self-mediation: Citizenship and New Media in L. Chouliaraki (ed) Self-mediation: Citizenship and New Media, special issue Critical Discourse Studies Vol. 7 Nr 3 2010
Lilie Chouliaraki Global representations of distant suffering in Coupland J. (ed) The Blackwell Handbook of Language and Globalisation Blackwell, London 2010
Lilie Chouliaraki Post-humanitarianism: Humanitarian Communication: Beyond a Politics of Pity in International Journal of Cultural Studies Vol. 13 Nr. 1, Jan. 2010
Lilie Chouliaraki Witnessing War: Economies of regulation in war and conflict reporting in The Communication Review Vol. 12 Nr. 4, 2009
Lilie Chouliaraki Journalism and the visual politics of war and conflict in Allan S. (ed) Routledge Companion to News and Journalism Studies Routledge, London 2009
Lilie Chouliaraki T he mediation of death and the imagination of national community in Roosvall A. and Salovaara-Moring I. (eds) Communicating the Nation Nordicom Publications, Stockholm 2009
Lilie Chouliaraki Mediation as Moral Education in Media, Culture & Society Vol.30 Nr.6, 2008
Lilie Chouliaraki The Mediation of Suffering and the Vision of a Global Public. Television and New Media Vol. 9 Nr. 4, 2008
Lilie Chouliaraki The Symbolic Power of Transnational Media. Managing the Visibility of Suffering Global Media and Communication special issue on Satellites in the Digital Age Chouliaraki L. & Volkmer I. (eds) Vol. 4 Nr. 3, 2008
Lilie Chouliaraki & Volkmer Ingrid (eds) special issue on Satellites in the Digital Age in Global Media and Communication Vol. 4 Nr. 3, 2008
Lilie Chouliaraki Acting on Vulnerable Others. Ethical Agency in Media Discourse in Cheliotis L. (ed) The Banality of Goodness Palgrave, London 2008
Lilie Chouliaraki. Global Politics-Local Action. The Discursive Politics of Mediation . in Hansen K. H. & Salskov-Iversen D. (eds) Critical Perspectives on Private Authority in Global Politics Palgrave, London, 2007
Lilie Chouliaraki. The Aestheticisation of Suffering on Television. Visual Communication Vol. 5 Nr 3, 2006 - shorter version appears in Baraban E., Jaeger S. & Muller A. (eds) Fighting Words and Images. Representing War Across the Disciplines pp. 110-31 Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2012
Lilie Chouliaraki. The Moral Spectator. On the Live-footage of September 11th in Dayan D.(ed) The Spectacle of Terror Editions CNRS, Paris/de Boel Publications, Belgium 2006 [longer version of the 'Discourse & Society' 2004 paper]
Lilie Chouliaraki. Spectacular Ethics: On the television footage of the Iraq war. Journal of Language and Politics Vol. 4 Nr.1, pp 143-159, 2005
Lilie Chouliaraki. The Soft Power of War. Political and Media Discourses on the Iraq war. Journal of Language and Politics pp. Vol. 3 Nr.2, pp 1-10, 2005
Lilie Chouliaraki. Media Discourse in the Public Sphere in Howarth D. & Torfing J. (eds) Discourse Theory and European Policy. Palgrave, London, 2005
Lilie Chouliaraki. Watching September 11th. The Politics of Pity. Discourse and Society Vol. 15 Nr 2-3 pp. 185-98 2004 (also published in Danish in Dansk Sociologi, special issue on Diskursanalyse Frello B. & Larsen C. (eds), pp. 7-28, Copenhagen, 2003)
Lilie Chouliaraki. TV-debatter- reelt demokrati eller det rene cirkus? Humaniora Vol.16 Nr.4 pp. 18-24, Copenhagen, 2001
Lilie Chouliaraki. Political Discourse in the News: Democratising Responsibility or Aestheticizing Politics? Discourse & Society Vol.11 Nr.3 pp. 293-314, 2000
Lilie Chouliaraki. Reflexivity and Late Modern Identity. In M. Reisigl & Wodak R. (eds) The Semiotics of Racism pp. 305-330, Passagen Verlag, Vienna, 2000
Lilie Chouliaraki. Discourse Analysis in Bennett T. & Frow J. (eds) The Handbook of Cultural Analysis. Sage, London 2008
Lilie Chouliaraki. Mediation, Text and Action in Bhatia V., Flowerdew J. & Jones R. (eds) Advances in Discourse Studies Routledge, London 2007
Lilie Chouliaraki. Towards an Analytics of Mediation in Critical Discourse Studies , Vol. 3 Nr 2, 2006, reprinted in Jewitt C. The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis London: Routledge, pp. tbc 2013
Lilie Chouliaraki. Universal and particular meanings. The dynamics of dialogic interaction. DELTA. Journal on Discourse and Language Vol.7 Nr2-3, 2005
Lilie Chouliaraki & Norman Fairclough Narratives of Late Modernity and a Research Agenda for Critical Discourse Analysis in Toolan M. (ed) Critical Discourse Analysis. Current Debates and New Directions Routledge, 2002
Lilie Chouliaraki. The Contingency of Universality. Thoughts on Discourse & Realism. Social Semiotics Vol.10 Nr 2 pp. 83-115, 2002
Lilie Chouliaraki and Norman Fairclough Bourdieu on Language and Power. A Response to Hasan's Critique of Bourdieu. Linguistics and Education Vol.11 Nr.1 pp. 399-409, 2001
Lilie Chouliaraki. Media Discourse and National Identity: Death and Myth in a News Broadcast . In Wodak R. & Ludwig C. (eds) Challenges in a Changing World. Issues in Critical Discourse Analysis pp. 37-62, Passagen Verlag, Vienna, 1999.
Lilie Chouliaraki. Regulation in 'Progressivist' Discourse: Individualized Teacher-Pupil Talk. Discourse and Society Vol.8 Nr.1 pp. 5-32, 1998.
Lilie Chouliaraki. The Constitution of Ethnographic Texts in Social Scientific Discourse: 'Realist' and 'Polyphonic' Representations. Interface: Journal of Applied Linguistics Vol.10 Nr.1 pp. 27-46, 1995.
Lilie Chouliaraki & Norman Fairclough The Critical Analysis of Organisational Discourse (Counter-point paper) in Journal of Management Studies Vol. 45 Nr 3-4, 2010
Lilie Chouliaraki & Mette Morsing. Introduction. Towards an understanding of the dynamics between media and organisational identity in Chouliaraki L. & Morsing M. (eds) Media, Organisations, Identity Palgrave, London, 2009
Nancy Thumim & Lilie Chouliaraki BBC and new media: legitimisation strategies of a public service broadcaster in a corporate market environment in Chouliaraki L. & Morsing M. (eds) Media, Organisations, Identity Palgrave, London, 2009
Media, Youth Culture, Pedagogy
Lilie Chouliaraki. Young Greeks Interpret the News. Discourses of Factuality and Fiction . In Androutsopoulos J. & Georgakopoulou A.(eds) The Discursive Construction of Youth Identities Benjamins Publications, Amsterdam 2003
Lilie Chouliaraki. Pædagogikkens Sociale Logik . Introduction in Chouliaraki L. & Bayer M. (eds) Pædagogik, Diskurs og Magt. Basil Bernsteins Uddannelsessociologi, pp.26-67, Akademisk Forlag, Copenhagen 2001
Reflexivitet og Senmoderne Identitet. Et diskursstudie i publikumsreception . In T., Hansen A. D. & Torfing J. (eds), Diskursteorien På Arbejde (Discourse Theory at Work) Dyrberg, pp. 247-278, Samfundslitteratur Forlag, Roskilde (transl. Torben Bech Dyrberg) 2000 [also published in English in M. Reisigl & Wodak R. (eds) 2000-above]
Lilie Chouliaraki. Youth Politics in Television. Research report pp. 1-99, Secretariat for Youth, Ministry of Education, Athens 2000
Lilie Chouliaraki. Power & Heteroglossia in Institutional Talk . In Cacoullos A. & Sifianou M. (eds) Anatomies of Silence, pp.246-257, Parousia Publications in English Studies, Athens. Also published in The Danish Royal School of Educational Studies Working Paper Series, Working Paper 12 pp.3-18, 1999
Lilie Chouliaraki. Media Discourse and National Identity among Young Greeks . Research Report pp. 1-105, Secretariat for Youth, Ministry of Education, Athens 1997
Lilie Chouliaraki. Regulative Practices in a 'Progressivist Classroom'. 'Good Habits' as a Disciplinary Technology . Language and Education Vol.10 Nrs.2&3, pp.103-118, 1996