About this event
- Introduction to Regent’s University London and the speakers
- A taster class for MA Media & Digital Communications
About the course
This course combines traditional media studies with exciting new practices emerging in the 21st century – learning how to constantly innovate, anticipate and use new forms of communication. Examining key theories, you'll discover how media and communications both influence and are influenced by, people and societies across the world – developing a critical understanding of media and transmedia creation and consumption. Looking at current issues and emerging technologies, you'll learn how to analyse and develop communicative strategies to meet today's digital challenges, along with analytical techniques needed to understand audiences, data and social media.
Dr Maria Rikitianskaia is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Regent's University London. Before that, she worked in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics and Political Sciences and at USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland. She received a PhD degree in Communication Sciences (summa cum laude) in 2018 from USI Lugano and BA and MA degrees in Cultural Studies (with the highest distinction) from Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Her research focuses on the global history of wireless communication, from wireless telegraphy during World War I to the wireless and mobile networks of the present day. Her research lies on the intersection of media history, political economy of communication, and science and technology studies.
Dr Ken Fero is a filmmaker, activist and educator, and a founding member of Migrant Media which has produced a number of hard-hitting documentaries examining community responses to issues of race, class and resistance. Over the last 30 years, he has directed several award-winning films producing some politically controversial commissions for Channel 4, BBC, FR3 and PressTV as well as the highly acclaimed radical cinematic documentary feature Injustice (2001) about deaths in police custody in the UK. His most recent film Ultraviolence (2020) was officially selected in the BFI London Film, won a Special Jury Award – Queens World Film Festival 2021, Special Audience Award – Arbetar Film Festival 2021 and recently Winner Best Documentary – British Urban Film Festival 2021. He lectures on film practice, digital media and interactive media and is the Course Leader for the MA.