Dr Maria Rovisco


Lecturer in Media and Communication

Room 2.01

Email: mr268@leicester.ac.uk

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

BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Coimbra

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

PhD Sociology, University of York

Career experience

In the past I have worked as a Research Fellow at ISCTE – 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.

Research interests

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.

Selected Publications


(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).

Teaching and supervision

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 Online, Cultural 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).

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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: mcresearch@le.ac.uk