The CMCS is happy to welcome two new Research Fellows: Paolo Cavaliere, who joined us in September, and Victor Khroul, who just joined us last week.
They join Lina Dencik and Oliver Leistert, who both came to the Center as research fellows last Spring. Each of them conducts his or her own research project and participates in the development of ongoing CMCS activities and workshops, and we would like to take the opportunity to properly present all of them to you:
Paolo Cavaliere came to the CMCS in September, as Visiting Faculty at the Department of Public Policy of CEU. He is teaching the fall term course Fundamentals in Media and Communications Studies. His primary research interests include e-democracy, the regulation of media pluralism, and the relationship between new media and politics.
Paolo earned a PhD in International Law and Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. His doctoral dissertation focused on the economics and regulation of the media market. He also holds a law degree from the University of Pavia and an LLM in Public Law from University College, London. Prior to joining CEU, he was a Teaching Fellow at Bocconi University and Joint Visiting Researcher at University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Victor Khroul comes to the CMCS on a 3-month CEU Professorial Research Fellowship awarded by CEU's Special and Extension Program, as part of a program that brings Eastern European faculty to CEU to undertake research and teaching. Victor, a Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University, joined the CMCS last week, and will stay with us until mid-January 2012.
Victor's primary research interest is in journalism, and he seeks to explore such topics as current trends in journalism theories, new methods of teaching the theory of journalism, the problems of professional ethics and self-regulation of journalism, the interpretation of new trends in the field of information and the role of new media, and freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Russia. In particular, he is eager to compare international practices in teaching and different educational methods to involve students in the active appropriation of study material.
Alongside his position at Moscow State University, Victor is Professor at the Saint-Petersburg Catholic seminary and correspondent for Russian Information Agency "Novosti". He has written extensively about media, religion and journalism in Russia, including such articles as “Catholic Media in Russia: Self-silencing after Rapid Development”, “Historical Consciousness and Russian Media Audiences”, “Communications, Freedom and Religion in Russia: Challenges and Hopes”, and “Catholic Presence in Russian Media: Lost Chances and Promising Future”.
Lina Dencik joined the CMCS last May, as a Visiting Lecturer at the Political Science Department at CEU. She conducts research focusing on news spaces and politics of the ‘global’. She will stay at the Political Science Department and as fellow of the CMCS until next summer.
Lina has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Media, Arts & Performance at Bedfordshire University, an Associate Lecturer at the Department for Communication, Media & Culture at Oxford Brookes University, and a Visiting Tutor at the Department for Media & Communications of Goldsmiths College, University of London. At Goldsmiths College, she completed her PhD last year with a thesis on news practices and theories of global civil society.
Lina's book Media and Global Civil Society is forthcoming this month by Palgrave Macmillan.
Oliver Leistert joined the CMCS last June, and will stay until next March, conducting research in the field of civil society and communications and privacy concerns. Specifically he has two projects: he is looking at obstacles to safe mobile communications and the pros and cons of different on-line and mobile media tools for communication in protest situations.
Oliver is currently finishing a doctoral thesis on cybersurveillance and mobile protest media at the University of Paderborn, Germany. In his thesis, he examines what mobile media is used for, where it fails, to what extend it has an impact, how agency changes, how it becomes a danger for protesters, and what repression may follow its use, as well as further questions, drawing from 50 interviews collected around the world.
Oliver's book Generation Facebook. Über das Leben im Social Net (co-edited with Theo Röhle) has been published in October 2011 by Transcript Verlag.