Background

Alexa Robertson is Professor of Media and Communication at IMS and does research on global news, cosmopolitanism and the media, comparative television analysis and narrative with a focus on mediations of protest and social inequalities. She is principal investigator of a project entitled Infojämlikhet: information inequality in a global perspective, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2019-22) and wrapping up a comparative study of protest mediations across time, space and genre (see screeningprotest.com for more). Her books include Media and Politics in a Globalized World (Polity, 2015), Global News: Reporting Conflicts and Cosmopolitanism (Peter Lang 2015), Mediated Cosmopolitanism: the world of television news (Polity 2010) and Screening Protest. Visual narratives of dissent across time, space and genre (Routledge, 2018).

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Research Interests

Robertson explores the political power of television by approaching news reports as cultural texts. News is analysed not as a source of information, but as the bearer of ideology - a font of recurrent narratives that keep cultural memories and shared understandings alive. Her work has shown that these understandings vary from one media culture to the next (be they different national cultures, or national as opposed to global cultures). Her point of departure is that journalists are among the most powerful of societal sense-makers, and that the stories they tell about the world can help citizens relate to distant others - or not.

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Articles with Alexa Robertson