Publish or perish

Like most recently-completed doctorates, I am stuck in the paralysing oscillation between the imposter syndrome and becoming egomaniacal.

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The semiotics of 1994

I recently attended a fruitful conference at Cardiff University, the Future of Journalism 2017. I wrote about my experiences elsewhere. Thanks to the valued support of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, I was able to fund my attendance at this conference. One of the prerequisites of gaining departmental grants is to present the…

Semiotic studies, from PhD bibliography

Here’s a snippet of my PhD¬†bibliography, with a specific focus on studies that use semiotic or framing analyses for their method, or are particularly interesting for multimodal investigation. This list might be of use to those of you who are interested in the field, or are looking to explore further studies about multimodality. The following…

Country of my skull

When things change quickly, do you turn into a figure skater or a sprinter? My husband and I are now living in the United Kingdom, while I complete my PhD. South Africa is… tumultuous at the moment and my studies, as many other scholars and academics would testify, are suffering because of it. Free, decolonised,…

My first peer-reviewed journal article

I finally got confirmation that my journal article has been published with¬†African Journalism Studies! I’ve been working on this paper since October 2014 – it’s based on my methodology for my PhD. You can access it here. I took a version of this paper to SACOMM 2014 where I won best paper, and then again…

Presenting at IAMCR 2016

Things have been up in the air lately. I don’t mean my research – I’m steadily working through chapters and data. I’m talking about going to a research conference. The International Association of Media and Communication Research is one of the largest meetings of media experts in the world. This year, the IAMCR conference will…

Zambia with the SSRC in 2016

During a week in January, the SSRC Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellows gathered in Lusaka for a bi-annual development workshop. I am part of the 2015-2016 cohort, awarded for the dissertation research section. “The Next Generation Social Sciences model responds to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by…

New job

In 2014 until June 2015 I worked as the Education Development Teaching Assistant for the Film and Media (FAM) department. While I felt then, as I still feel now, that the ED stream at the university is necessary and can make great strides in assisting disadvantaged and struggling students to graduate, and graduate well, the…