Dr Maria Rovisco

Lecturer in Media and Communication

Room 2.01

Email: mr268@leicester.ac.uk

Phone number: : +44 (0)116 223 1619

Personal details

BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Coimbra

MPhil Communication, Culture and Information Technologies, ISCTE – University of Lisbon

PhD Sociology, University of York


I am the Programme Director for the MA Media, Culture and Society and the Careers Tutor.

I currently lead the postgraduate module ‘Cosmopolitanism, Media and Human Rights’ and convene the undergraduate modules ‘Media and Globalisation’ and ‘Global Film Culture’, while contributing to a range of other modules in the department.

Professional activities

I sit on the editorial board of the journals Sociological Research OnlineCultural Sociology and Digithum.

I am a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.

I am actively involved with the Global Studies Association (GSA) and RC16 (Sociological Theory) of the International Sociological Association (ISA).


In the past I have worked as a Research Fellow at ISCTE – the University of Lisbon and as a Lecturer in Film Studies and Media at York St John University. In 2006 I was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.



(2016) Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space (London: Rowman & Littlefield International).

(2014) Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere, London: Routledge (London: Routledge). Co-edited with Sebastian Kim. http://routledge-ny.com/books/details/9780415819381/

(2011) The Ashgate Research Companion to Cosmopolitanism (Farnham: Ashgate). Co-edited with Magdalena Nowicka. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754677994

(2009) Cosmopolitanism in Practice [with a preface by Ulrich Beck]  (Aldershot: Ashgate). Co-edited with Magdalena Nowicka. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754670490

Journal articles

(2016) ‘A new ‘Europe from below’? Cosmopolitan citizenship, digital media and the indignados social movement’ Comparative European Politics 14(4): 435-457.

(2013), 'Towards a cosmopolitan cinema: rethinking borders, mobility and cosmopolitanism in the fiction film', Mobilities 8(1): 148-165.

(2010) ‘Reframing Europe and the global: conceptualising the border in cultural encounters’ special issue on ‘Global Borders’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 28, 1015-1030.

(2010) ‘One Europe or several Europes? The Cultural Logic of Narratives of Europe – Views from France and Britain’, Social Science Information 49(2): 241–266.

Book chapters

(2014) ‘Community arts, new media and the desecuritisation of migration and asylum seeker issues in the UK’,  in Catarina Kinnvall and Ted Svensson (eds.) Bordering Securities: The Governing of Connectivity and Dispersion (London: Routledge).

(2014), ‘The cosmopolitan outlook and missionary encounters: young Catholic missionaries in Africa’, in Maria Rovisco and Sebastian Kim (eds.) Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere (London: Routledge).

(2009) ‘Religion and the challenges of cosmopolitanism: Young Portuguese volunteers in Africa’’, in Magdalena Nowicka and Maria Rovisco (eds.), Cosmopolitanism in Practice (Aldershot: Ashgate).

(2009) ‘Introduction: Making sense of cosmopolitanism’, in Magdalena Nowicka and Maria Rovisco (eds.), Cosmopolitanism in Practice (Aldershot: Ashgate). Co-authored with Magdalena Nowicka.

(2008) ‘Boundaries, identity and otherness in European “films of voyage”’, in William Uricchio (ed.), Media, New Collectivities and Europe (Bristol: Intellect Press).

(2007) ‘Cosmopolitanism, collective belonging and EU Borders’,  in Chris Rumford (ed.), Cosmopolitanism and Europe (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press).

(2007) ‘Mapping the nation and the countryside in European “films of voyage”’, in Robert Fish (ed.), Cinematic Countrysides (Manchester: Manchester University Press).


Cutting across the humanities and the social sciences, my areas of interest are cosmopolitanism, globalisation, media ethics, social theory, and cultural and political sociology. I have a long-standing interest in cosmopolitanism as a conceptual tool and an interdisciplinary field of research and I co-edited three volumes on this topic. I am currently concerned with exploring the relation between the arts, citizenship and public life. More specifically, I examine how the artistic and civic activities of UK-based migrant and refugee artists can contribute to a more inclusive citizenship and democracy. Another strand of my research explores the relationship between new activisms and the mediation of protest within and beyond nationally-defined public spheres. Here, I am particularly interested in understanding how new ways of ‘doing politics’ and repertoires of protest acquire visibility in the public sphere. I also have an interest in the ethics of representation of migration and asylum.

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Contact Details

Media and Communication
University of Leicester
Bankfield House
132 New Walk
United Kingdom

Campus based courses
E: mediacom@le.ac.uk
T: +44(0)116 252 3863

Distance Learning Courses
E: css-dl@le.ac.uk
T: 0116 252 3755

Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
T: +44(0)116 252 2785
E: MCS-Research@le.ac.uk