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DR DAN LAUGHEY
CURRENT POSITION
Course Leader: BA (Hons) Media, Communication, Cultures
School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Metropolitan University
QUALIFICATIONS
2004: PhD Sociology, University of Salford
1999: MA in Communications Studies, University of Leeds
1998: PGCE (Secondary QTS) English with Media Education, Leeds Trinity University College
1997: BA (Hons) English Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University (2.1)
APPOINTMENT HISTORY
2012: Course Leader: BA (Hons) Media, Communication, Cultures
2006: Senior Lecturer, School of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University
2004: Lecturer, School of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University
2003: Research Fellow, School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History,
University of Salford
TEACHING ACTIVITIES (LAST 5 YEARS)
Module Tutor for the following undergraduate modules at Leeds Metropolitan University:
Interpreting New Media, 20th-Century Media History, Media Theory, Youth Culture, Crime and
Media, Researching Media Cultures and Sport, Media and Celebrity.
Module Tutor for Audiences and Lifestyles and Researching Cultures on the MA in Screen
Media Cultures, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Supervisor for approx. 22 BA dissertations, 2 MA dissertations and 2 PhD theses, Leeds
Metropolitan University. I am Director of Studies for a thesis examining the social history of
brass bands and co-supervisor for a thesis on representations of disability in the UK press.
GENERAL RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Research interests: media theory, media education and popular cultural history, specifically:
 The long history of media and communications thought
 Pedagogical implications of new media technologies and practices
 News events and theories of media influence on public opinion
 Sport and the media, especially representations of football hooliganism
 Crime fiction, film and TV drama, especially treatments of youth
RESEARCH ACTIVITY (LAST 6 YEARS)
In addition to my 10 published outputs (see Publications List), I am negotiating a contract to
write a book about the works of seminal media and communications theorists, entitled Fifty Key
Media Thinkers.
Invited Lectures and Seminar Papers
‘Media Studies 1.0: Back to Basics’, Media Education Summit 2011, Ravensbourne, Greenwich
Peninsula, London, September 2011.
‘The Sports Digital Media-scape’, Carnegie Sporting Words Festival 2009, Harrogate
International Festivals, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, November 2009.
‘Uses of Music Media’, Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of
Sunderland, January 2008.
‘Promenade Performances: Everyday Music and Dance Cultures’, Party Formations: A
Seminar on Dance Events and the Making of Meaning, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam,
September 2007.
Conference Papers
‘A Sense of Place in Northern Crime Fiction’, Media and Place Conference, Leeds Metropolitan
University, July 2014.
‘Media, Mesmerism and Magnetic Modernity: The Supernatural Telegraph in the Victorian
Novel’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, The Lowry, Salford, January 2011.
‘Trial by Media: The Case For and Against Media Studies in the UK Press’, Media Literacy
Conference 2010, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, November 2010.
‘Representations of Media Studies in the UK Press’, Media Education Summit 2009, Liverpool
John Moores University/CEMP, September 2009.
‘Jazz and Popular Song by Mass Observation, 1938-42: Ahead of Its Time?’ Recording Leisure
Lives: Sports, Games and Pastimes in 20th-Century Britain, University of Bolton/Leisure Studies
Association, April 2009.
‘Mass Observation’s Study of Dance Music, Jazz and Popular Song, 1938-42: Sowing the
Seeds of Cultural Studies?’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, National Media Museum, Bradford,
January 2009.
‘Dancing by Mass Observation: Evaluating the Second Phase of the Worktown Project’,
Recording Leisure Lives: Histories, Archives and Memories of Leisure in 20th-Century Britain,
University of Bolton/Leisure Studies Association, March 2008.
‘What a Difference eBay Makes: User Authority Through Mediated Interaction’, Cultural Studies
Now Conference, University of East London, July 2007.
Staff Development
Data Protection Training (completed May 2013)
Equality and Diversity Training (completed November 2012)
CPD in Research Awards Supervision (completed June 2010)
Research Ethics Training (completed June 2008)
Research Awards
HEFCE Promising Researcher Fellowship (January-July 2010)
RAE Unit 66 Research Leave Funding (January-July 2007)
EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
External Examiner
BA (Hons) Media Production programme, Liverpool Hope University (2010-14 on-going)
BA (Hons) Film, Media, Culture and Communications programmes, University of Sunderland
(2008-12)
BA (Hons) Media Studies and Journalism programmes, University of Teesside (2007-12)
BA (Hons) Music Industry Management programmes, Buckinghamshire New University
(formerly Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College) (2005-09)
External Reviewer for Revalidation
BA (Hons) Media programme, York St John University (2008)
Journal Activities
Editorial Board Member: The Media Education Research Journal
Academic Referee: Sociological Review; Information, Communication and Society; American
Behavioural Scientist; Journal of Consumer Culture
Advisory Board Member
‘Countercultural Heritage and Electronic Dance Music Culture’, Research Project Application to
NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) (2009-13)
Membership of Professional Bodies
Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
Youth Study Group of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
Conference Organisation
Member of the Organising Committee, MeCCSA/AMPE Joint Annual Conference, Leeds
Metropolitan University (January 2006)
PUBLICATIONS LIST (LAST 6 YEARS)
Laughey, D. (2013) ‘The Myth of the Yorkshire Ripper’ in P. Bennett and J. McDougall (eds)
Barthes’ “Mythologies” Today: Readings of Contemporary Culture. Abingdon: Routledge.
Laughey, D. (2012) ‘Media Studies 1.0’, Media Education Research Journal 2 (2): 57-64.
Laughey, D. (2011) ‘Media Studies 1.0: Back to Basics’, Three-D 16: 14-16. [Reprinted in
Networks 13 (Spring 2011)]
Laughey, D. (2011) 'Mapping British Music Audiences: Subcultural, Everyday and Mediated
Approaches' in H. Dauncey and P. Le Guern (eds) Stereo: Comparative Perspectives on the
Sociological Study of Popular Music in France and Britain. London: Ashgate.
Laughey, D. (2010) 'User Authority Through Mediated Interaction: A case of eBay-in-use',
Journal of Consumer Culture 10 (1): 105-28.
Laughey, D. (2009) Media Studies: Theories and Approaches. Harpenden: Kamera Books.
[Kindle Edition 2010, Turkish Trans. 2010]
Laughey, D. (2008) 'A la Recherche des Publics de la Musique Britannique: Sous-cultures,
Pratiques Quotidiennes et Médiation' in H. Dauncey and P. Le Guern (eds) Stéréo: Sociologie
Comparée des Musiques Populaires France / G.-B. Paris: IRMA.
Laughey, D. (2007) Key Themes in Media Theory. Maidenhead: Open University
Press/McGraw-Hill. [Indian Edition 2008, Hebrew Trans. 2011]
Laughey, D. (2007) 'Music Media in Young People's Everyday Lives' in J. Sexton (ed.) Music,
Sound and Multimedia: From the Live to the Virtual. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Laughey, D. (2006) Music and Youth Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
MEDIA WORK
I provide regular expert commentary to BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio York, Radio Aire, Real
Radio and the Yorkshire Evening Post. I have also contributed to an ITV News story on internet
fame, BBC News features on emo youth culture and celebrity-themed blue plagues, and
several Daily Telegraph articles on celebrity topics. My media theory blog
http://danlaughey.com receives over 250 hits weekly.