Publication: Politics, Protest, Emotion book of blogs

I am pleased to announce the publication of Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. A Book of Blogs, which I co-edited with Anastasia Veneti (Bournemouth University) and Dimitrinka Atanasova (Queen Mary, University of London).

An excerpt from the press release can be found below.

The origins of this book of blogs can be traced back to “Politics, Emotion and Protest,” an interdisciplinary workshop co-hosted by Bournemouth University’s Centre for Politics and Media Research and Civic Media Hub, the Department of Media & Communication at University of Leicester, the Media and Politics Group of the Political Studies Association, and the Protest Camps Research Network. This event, held on 9-10 July 2015, brought together researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to discuss the intersections between power, politics and emotions.

The publication features contributions from 37 academics from across the globe. It presents a range of disciplinary perspectives on politics and emotions, including the fields of computer science, (digital) media studies, journalism studies and political science. Drawing on a range of case studies such as the 2016 CND march in London, the movement against TTIP-TAFTA and health activism such as “I Want PrEP Now”, the contributors provide new insight into the affective turn in protest and social movements.

Dr Paul Reilly said: “ The purpose of this volume is not to offer conclusions or recommendations for those readers interested in the affective turn in protest and social movements. Rather, it is hoped that these blogposts provoke debate and reflection in relation to how everyday and extraordinary political actions have become infused with emotion. We would like to thank all of our authors for contributing to this conversation on Politics, Protest and Emotions.”

The book of blogs is divided into five main thematic categories: Politics, emotion and identity performance; Emotion and the news media; Women, politics, activism; Digital media and the politics of protest; Health, emotion, activism.

This open access publication can be accessed online here or downloaded as a pdf. If you wish to obtain an EPUB version (suitable for Nooks, Kindles and other e-readers) then please email p.j.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

For more information on Politics, Protest, Emotion, please contact one of the editors:

Paul Reilly p.j.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Anastasia Veneti anastasia_veneti@yahoo.com

Dimitrinka Atanasova db.atanasova@gmail.com

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Contribution to #12daysofthinking

I was asked to contribute to #12daysofthinking, in which University of Sheffield academics offer reflections on the pressing issues of our time. My piece reflected on the rise of so-called ‘fake news’ in 2016.

It has been published online here and I include the contribution below for reference:

“2016 was the year ‘fake news’ outperformed real news on social media, most notably during the US Presidential Election. Companies such as Facebook were accused of not doing enough to prevent the spread of falsehoods. Yet, many citizens contribute to this ‘post-truth’ politics. It was no coincidence that many of the fake news stories that went viral during the US Election were those that appealed to pre-existing prejudices of social media users. The challenge for professional journalists in 2017 is how to counter the spread of disinformation amongst citizens who increasingly distrust traditional news media.”

Job: Full-Time Research Associate (fixed term), CascEff (2 days left to apply)

I am currently looking for a full-time Research Associate (fixed term for 7 months, with a provisional start date of 1st January 2017 or as soon as possible afterwards) for my EC FP7 funded project ‘CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations.’ The closing date for applications is 1 December 2016 and further details on the role can be found here

If you have any questions about the role please contact me at: P.J.Reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Appointed to AHRC Peer Review College

I have been appointed as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. My term will begin on 1st January 2017, with an end date of 31st December 2020. I look forward to working with colleagues in this challenging role, which will involve reviewing grant proposals and participating in peer review panel meetings. Further details on the AHRC Peer Review College can be found here 

LSE British Politics and Policy blogpost on YouTube, sousveillance and protests in Northern Ireland

I have written an article for the LSE British Politics and Policy blog, which examines how social media was used to share footage of alleged Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) brutality against loyalists in Northern Ireland. This post highlights some of the findings from my British Academy funded project ‘YouTube, sousveillance and the policing of union flag protests in Northern Ireland, British Academy’ (Grant reference: SG132416). It can be accessed here

Recruiting Full-Time Research Associate (fixed term) for FP7 funded project

I am currently looking for a full-time Research Associate (fixed term for 7 months, with a provisional start date of 1st January 2017 or as soon as possible afterwards) for my EC FP7 funded project ‘CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations.’ The closing date for applications is 1 December 2016 and further details on the role can be found here

If you have any questions about the role please contact me at: P.J.Reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Appointed Faculty Officer for PGR Student Affairs

I have been appointed as Faculty Officer for PGR Student Affairs in the Faculty of Social Sciences. This will be a challenging role and I look forward to working with colleagues in the Faculty including PGR Directors and PhD students during the next few years. Many thanks to my predecessor Professor Steven Macintosh for helping me settle into this new position.