Dr Katy Parry

Profile

I joined Leeds in 2011. Prior to this, I was working as a research associate for the AHRC-funded project, 'Media Genre and Political Culture', with Kay Richardson and John Corner at the University of Liverpool, exploring the way in which media formats other than journalism portray politics. I generally write on images, politics and war.

Prior to completing my PhD at the University of Liverpool I also worked on an ESRC project on UK news coverage of the Iraq War, which produced the book, Pockets of Resistance: British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq (Manchester University Press, 2010), with Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Craig Murray and Philip M. Taylor.

I am currently working on the book Visual Communication: Understanding Images in Media Culture (with Giorgia Aiello), under contract with SAGE, to be published in 2019).

I am the Programme Leader for the MA in Political Communication.

Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for Political Communication MA

Research interests

My research interests cover a range of subjects across media and communication studies, including:

  • war and the media
  • representations of the military
  • visual communication and photojournalism
  • visual media activism, political communication
  • visual research methods.

I was a named Co-Investigator on Katrin Voltmer’s European Commission FP7 project, ‘Media, Conflict and Democratisation’ (MeCoDEM) exploring the interplay between the media and conflicts that accompany transitions to democracy. This project ran from March 2014-January 2017 involving eight international partner universities, with the Leeds team responsible for overall management of the project and research design. Working papers are published on the MeCoDEM website. Along with Aleks Krsti? and Giorgia Aiello, I published a paper form this project entitled 'Visualising the politics of appearance in times of democratisation: An analysis of the 2010 Belgrade Pride Parade television coverage', published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. One innovative public output from this project has been a short film on the MeCoDEM website which visually captures some of the key themes from each of the conflict case studies (e.g. identity, hope, inequality, citizenship).

Recently my work on war and media has also focused on the representation of the military more specifically, and on the forms of self-representation produced by soldiers and veterans. A project I led on 'Representations of Contemporary Soldiering in Digital and Visual Cultures’ included conducting focus groups with military media operations teams, veteran activist groups, and other family and veteran support groups. We also held a workshop with invited representatives from each participant group to comment on the impact of our findings and engage further with some of the key issues prompted in the research (for example, the media’s role in the problematic adjustment back to civilian life). I am a co-editor of the journal, 'Media, War and Conflict'.

My work encompasses political communication in its broadest terms, engaging with both ‘top-down’ traditional politics and ‘bottom-up’ protest and activism. As a co-author of Political Culture and Media Genre: Beyond the News (2012) with Kay Richardson and John Corner I have contributed to a research focus in the more ‘cultural’ aspects of political life. My more recent publications have explored the visibility and visuality of protest and activism, such as on the protest imagery of Pussy Riot, the visibility of protest at Thatcher’s funeral,  or the way in which Twitter users responded to the death of Jo Cox MP in sharing images of solidarity and political belonging. 

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Qualifications

  • PhD: Visually Framing the 2003 Iraq Invasion in British Press Photography
  • MA Latin American Studies
  • BA Politics and Communication Studies

Professional memberships

  • Co-convenor for the Political Studies Association's Media and Politics specialist group
  • Member of MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association
  • Member of ICA (International Communication Association)
  • AHRC Peer Review College member

Student education

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • COMM2125 Visual Communication 
  • COMM3925 War and Media 
  • COMM5615M Keywords in Political Communication 
  • COMM5600M Guest lecture on Visual Research Methods/ Content Analysis
  • Dissertation supervision for BA and MA students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Political Communication
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