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Professor Marie Gillespie

Marie Gillespie

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Sociology
  • marie.gillespie

Professional biography

Research interests

Marie researches diaspora and national media cultures comparatively, historically and ethnographically. Her interests cluster around South Asian and Middle Eastern diasporas, cultural transnationalism, and changing configurations of audiences and publics in relation to question of citizenship. Recent collaborative include: a large-scale study of the BBC World Service as a multi-diasporic institution; an exploration of the new politics of security via a collaborative ethnography of transnational news cultures in multi-ethnic British households in eight UK cities; a national survey with the BBC on the changing face of British humour, ethnic jokes and comedy. Marie was awarded an AHRC Public Policy Fellowship in 2011 to develop research on the interface between international broadcasting and social media, specifically in relation to the BBC Arabic Services.

Books

2013. (In press, co-edited with David Herbert and Anita Greenhill) Social Media, Religion and Spirituality, De Gruyter

2012. (with Alban Webb) Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan Contact Zones at the BBC World Service, London and NY: Routledge (CRESC Series).

2012. (co-edited 0with Hamid Ismailov and Anna Aslanyan, A.) Tales From Bush House. London: Hertfordshire Press ISBN 978-0-9557549-7-5

2010. (co-edited with Andrew Skuse and Gerry Power) Drama for Development: Cultural Translation and Social Change, New Delhi: Sage India.

Guest editorships based on collaborative research

2012. European Journal of Cultural Studies 13/4. Special issue. 'Religion, Media and Social Change'. Co-edited with David Herbert.

2011. Participations: International Journal of Audience Research. 8/1. Special Issue. Designs & Devices: Towards a genealogy of audience research methods at the BBC World Service 1932-2010. (co-edited with Alban Webb and Hugh Mackay).

2010. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism 12/2. Special issue: 'New Media, Transcultural Journalism and Public Diplomacy'. Co-edited with Gerd Baumann and Annabelle Sreberny.

2010. South Asian Diaspora 2/1. Special issue: 'The BBC World Service and the South Asian Diaspora'. Co-edited with Gerd Baumann, Alasdair Pinkerton, Sharika Thiranagama.

2010. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 3/2. Special issue: 'BBC World Services and the Greater Middle East: Comparisons, Contrasts, Conflicts'. Co-edited with Gerd Baumann and Annabelle Sreberny.

2008. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 28/4. Special issue: 'The BBC World Service, 1932-2007: Cultural Exchange and Public Diplomacy'. Co-edited with Gerd Baumann and Alban Webb.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Academic Conduct Officer, Faculty of Social Sciences.
Course teams: Ethnography (D844); Research methods dissertation in social sciences (D845); D131.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

BBC Arabic, social media and citizen production: an experiment in digital democracy before the Arab Spring (2013-07)
Gillespie, Marie
Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4) (pp. 92-130)
Dissenting citizenship? Young people and political participation in the media-security nexus (2012)
O'Loughlin, Ben and Gillespie, Marie
Parliamentary Affairs, 65(1) (pp. 115-137)
Editorial, special issue on religion, media and social change (2011-12)
Herbert, David and Gillespie, Marie
European Journal of Cultural Studies, 14(6) (pp. 601-609)
Special issue editorial: Designs & devices: towards a genealogy of audience research methods at the BBC World Service, 1932-2011 (2011-05)
Gillespie, Marie; Mackay, Hugh and Webb, Alban
Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 8(1)
Designs & devices: towards a genealogy of audience research methods at the BBC World Service, 1932-2011 (2011-05)
Gillespie, Marie; Mackay, Hugh and Webb, Alban
Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 8(1) (pp. 1-20)
Shifting securities: news cultures, multicultural society and legitimacy (2010-06)
Gillespie, Marie; Gow, James; Hoskins, Andrew; O' Loughlin, Ben and žveržhanovski , Ivan
Ethnopolitics, 9(2) (pp. 239-253)
Shifting securities: theory, practice and methodology: a response to powers, croft and noble (2010-06)
Gillespie, Marie; Gow, James; Hoskins, Andrew; O'Loughlin, Ben and Žveržhanovsk, Ivan
Ethnopolitics, 9(2) (pp. 269-274)
Mapping digital diasporas @ BBC World Service: users and uses of the Persian and Arabic websites (2010-04)
Andersson, Matilda; Gillespie, Marie and Mackay, Hugh
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 3(2) (pp. 256-278)
Editorial The BBC World Service and the Middle East: comparisons, contrasts, conflicts (2010-04)
Sreberny, Annabelle; Gillespie, Marie and Baumann, Gerd
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 3(2) (pp. 129-136)
The Mumbai attacks and diasporic nationalism: BBC World Service online forums as conflict, contact and comfort zones (2010-03)
Gillespie, Marie; Herbert, David and Andersson, Matilda
South Asian Diaspora, 2(1) (pp. 109-129)
South Asian diaspora and the BBC World Service: contacts, conflicts and contestations (2010-03)
Gillespie, Marie; Pinkerton, Alasdair; Baumann, Gerd and Thiranagama, Sharika
South Asian Diaspora, 2(1) (pp. 3-25)
Introduction - South Asian diasporas and the BBC World Service: contacts, conflicts, and contestations (2010-03)
Gillespie, Marie; Pinkerton, Alasdair; Baumann, Gerd and Thiranagama, Sharika
South Asian Diaspora, 2(1) (pp. 3-23)
News media, threats and insecurities: an ethnographic approach (2009-12)
Gillespie, Marie and O'Loughlin, Ben
Cambridge Review of International Affairs , 22(4) (pp. 667-687)
'Anytime, anyplace, anywhere’: digital diasporas and the BBC World Service (2009-06)
Gillespie, Marie
Journalism, 10(3) (pp. 322-325)
Broadcasting britishness, strategic challenges and the ecology of overseas broadcasting by the BBC (2008-10)
Gillespie, Marie; Webb, Alban and Baumann, Gerd
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 28(4) (pp. 453-458)
Media, security and multicultural citizenship: a collaborative ethnography (2007-02)
Gillespie, Marie
European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10 (3 ) (pp. 275-294)
Security, media, legitimacy: multi-ethnic media publics and the Iraq War 2003 (2006-12)
Gillespie, Marie
International Relations, 20(4) (pp. 467-486)
Media, legitimacy: multi-ethnic media publics and the Iraq War 2003 (2006-12)
Gillespie, Marie
International Relations, 20(4) (pp. 467-486)
Transnational Television Audiences after September 11 (2006-08)
Gillespie, Marie
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(6) (pp. 903-921)
Talking diasporas: diaspora dialogue (2002)
Cheesman, Tom and Gillespie, Marie
Index on Censorship, 31(3) (pp. 4-7)
Corporate cosmopolitanism: diasporas and diplomacy at the BBC World Service, 1932-2012 (2012-12-10)
Gillespie, Marie and Webb, Alban
In: Gillespie, Marie and Webb, Alban eds. Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitanism Contact Zones at the BBC World Service (1932-2012). CRESC (pp. 1-20)
ISBN : 978-0-415-50880-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Gossiping for Change: Dramatising ‘Blood Debt’ in Afghanistan (2011-04)
Skuse, Andrew and Gillespie, Marie
In: Skuse, Andrew; Gillespie, Marie and Power, Gerry eds. Drama for Development: Cultural Translation and Social Change
ISBN : 9788132105916 | Publisher : Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd | Published : Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.
Broadcasting ‘the State’: Tribe, Citizenship and the Politics of Radio Drama Production in Afghanistan (2011-04)
Skuse, Andrew and Gillespie, Marie
In: Skuse, Andrew; Gillespie, Marie and Power, Gerry eds. Drama for Development: Cultural Translation and Social Change
ISBN : 9788132105916 | Publisher : Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd | Published : Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.
Our ground zeros: diaspora, media, memory (2011)
Gillespie, Marie
In: Zelizer, Barbie and Allan, Stuart eds. Journalism After September 11 (2nd ed). Communications and Society (pp. 2252-271)
ISBN : 978-0-415-46015-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Diasporic creativity: refugee intellectuals, exiled poets and corporate cosmpolitanism at the BBC World Service (2010)
Gillespie, Marie
In: Knott , K. and McLoughlin, S. eds. Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities (pp. 236-243)
Publisher : Zed Books | Published : London
Precarious citizenship: multiculturalism, media and social insecurity (2009-06-25)
Gillespie, Marie and O'Loughlin, Ben
In: Noxolo , Pat and Huysmans , Jef eds. Community, Citizenship and the War on Terror: Security and Insecurity (pp. 89-112)
ISBN : 9780230201217 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
“L’umorismo reconquistato”: la comedia televisiva anglo-asiatica (2006)
Gillespie, Marie
In: Bodo, Simona and Cifarelli, Maria eds. Quando la Cultura fa la Differenza: Patrimonia, Arti e Media nella Sociata Multiculturale (pp. 156-175)
ISBN : 978-88-8353-486-7 | Publisher : Meltemi | Published : Rome
Consuming Crime and Avoiding Punishment: Media Influence in the Shaping of Public Perceptions of Crime and Sentencing (2005)
Gillespie, Marie and McLaughlin, Eugene
In: Emsley, Clive ed. The Persistent Prison: Problems, Images and Alternatives (pp. 113-143)
ISBN : 190342724X | Publisher : Francis Bootle Publications | Published : London, UK
From Comic Asians to Asian Comics: 'Goodness Gracious Me', British Television Comedy and representations of Ethnicity (2003-03)
Gillespie, Marie
In: Scriven, Michael and Roberts, Emily eds. Group Identities on French and British Television (pp. 93-107)
ISBN : 1 57181-793-X | Publisher : Berghahn Books | Published : Oxford, UK
Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan Contact Zones at the BBC World Service (1932-2012) (2012-12-10)
Gillespie, Marie and Webb, Alban eds.
Culture, Economy and the Social
ISBN : 978-0-415-50880-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Tales From Bush House (2012-07-13)
Ismailov, Hamid; Gillespie, Marie and Aslanyan, Anna eds.
ISBN : 978-0-9557549-7-5 | Publisher : Hertfordshire Press | Published : London
Drama for Development: Cultural Translation and Social Change (2011-05)
Skuse, Andrew; Gillespie, Marie and Power, Gerry eds.
ISBN : 9788132105916 | Publisher : Sage
Analysing Media Texts (2006)
Gillespie, Marie and Toynbee, Jason eds.
Understanding Media
ISBN : 335218865 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Rethinking Models of Evaluation: Sustainability as the Goal of International Cultural Organisations (2016-06-15)
Bell, Simon; Gillespie, Marie and Wilding , Colin
In : International Sustainable Development Research Conference (13 - 15 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal)
Understanding the Changing Cultural Value of the BBC World Service and the British Council (2014-07)
Gillespie, Marie; Bell, Simon; Wilding, Colin; Webb, Alban; Fisher, Ali; Voss, Alex; Smith , Andrew W. M.; Macfarlane, Jess; Martin, Nat; Foster, Tot and Lvov, Ilia
Arts and Humanities Research Council , Swindon.
Social Media and BBC Arabic: A case study of ‘Nuqtat Hewar’ (2012-06)
Abdel Sattar, Nesrine; Gillespie, Marie; Lami, Mina; Sayed, Nermeen and Wissam, Maryam
The Open University, Milton Keynes.
BBC World Service Audience Research, 1932-2011 (2011-05)
Webb, Alban; Gillespie, Marie and Mackay, Hugh
Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies
Transcultural journalism and the politics of translation: Interrogating the BBC World Service (2011-02)
Baumann, Gerd; Gillespie, Marie and Sreberny, Annabelle
Sage
Career trajectories at the BBC World Service: managing diversity. Confidential report for the BBC World Service (2010-05)
Denselow, Jadzia; Taussig, Andrew and Gillespie, Marie
The Open University & BBC World Service
The BBC and the Middle East (SPECIAL ISSUE of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication) (2010)
Sreberny, Annabelle; Gillespie, Marie and Baumann, Gerd eds
Brill, Leiden.
Pakistan connection: diasporas at the BBC World Service (2009)
Gillespie, Marie; Rizvi, Sadaf; Andersson, Matilda; Michael, Lucy and West, Sophie
Open University & BBC World Service Confidential Report
The BBC World Service, 1932-2007: Cultural Exchange and Public Diplomacy (SPECIAL ISSUE of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television) (2008)
Gillespie, Marie; Webb, Alban and Baumann, Gerd eds
Taylor & Francis, Abingdon.
Tuning in: researching diasporas at the BBC World Service (2008)
Gillespie, Marie and Webb, Alban
The Open University
Media Cultures in India and the South Asian Diaspora (2002)
Gillespie, Marie and Cheesman, Tom
Routledge, London, U.K..

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