Dr Maria Rovisco


Lecturer in Media and Communication

Room 2.01

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1619

Email: mr268@leicester.ac.uk


Personal details

  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Coimbra
  • MPhil Communication, Culture and Information Technologies, ISCTE – University of Lisbon
  • PhD Sociology, University of York

Previously, I 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.

Professional activities

I sit on the editorial board of the following journals:

  • Sociological Research Online
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Digithum

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

Teaching and Administration

I am the Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Media, Communication and Sociology.

I currently lead the postgraduate module ‘Media Solidarities and Human Rights'. I also convene the core undergraduate module ‘Global Media'

Selected Publications


(2016) Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space (London: Rowman & Littlefield International). Co-edited with Jonathan Ong. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781783483952/Taking-the-Square-Mediated-Dissent-and-Occupations-of-Public-Space

(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

Special Journal Issues

(2017) ‘Picturing Protest: Visuality, Visibility and the Public Sphere’ of Visual Communication (co-edited with Anastasia Veneti). http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1470357217704633


Journal articles

(2017) ‘The indignados social movement and the image of the occupied square: the making of a global icon’, Visual Communication 16(3): 337–359. (Top Paper Award – Visual Communication Studies Division – ICA).

(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

(2018) ‘Protest, Indignation and Democratic Vision: The struggle for a new politics – the case of the ‘We Do Not Pay’ social movement’ in (eds. Barrie Axford, Didem Buhari-Gulmez and Seckin Baris Gulmez) Bridging Divides: Rethinking Ideology in the Age of Global Discontent (London: Routledge). (co-authored with Anastasia Veneti and Stamatis Poulakidakos).

(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 research interest are cosmopolitanism, media ethics, new activisms, arts and citizenship, migration, and visual culture.

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