(Jiska) JM Engelbert

dr. (Jiska) JM Engelbert
Associate Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of Media and Communication
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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Jiska Engelbert is a media and communication researcher who is interested in the discourse of politics and the politics of discourse. 

She earned her PhD from Aberystwyth University (UK) in 2009, which explores how the parliamentary ‘New’ Labour Party and its members together legitimized the party’s new political course (first publication in CADAAD). In 2010, she and Patrick McCurdy (U of Ottawa) researched how the British public service broadcaster, the BBC, discursively deals with tensions between journalistic principles and its increased ‘public value’ requirements (publications in Critical Discourse Studies, Media, War & Conflict, and  Observatorio). In 2011, she participated in a project with Jacob Groshek (U of Melbourne) on mediated self-representation of populists in the United States and the Netherlands (publications forthcoming in New Media & Society and Wiley-Blackwell’s Handbook of Public Diplomacy).

Her current research project, together with Isabel Awad, explores how developments in national (immigration) politics impact the discourse of cultural diversity in the context of public service broadcasting (first publication forthcoming in Intellect’s National Conversations). Two new research projects focus on: (1) media audiences’ display of political knowledge and (2) on motherhood, capital and contemporary femininities (the latter with Anne Kuppens).

Jiska’s teaching focuses on the intersection between media and society, with particular emphases on (critical) discourse analysis and on how television features in contemporary social life.

      • J.M. Engelbert (2017). Pseudo-events. In P Roessler (Ed.), International Encyclopaedia of Media Effects (pp. 316-321). London: Wiley-Blackwell [go to publisher's site] doi: 10.1002/9781118783764.wbieme0103
      • J.M. Engelbert & C.J. Groshek (2014). The public relations of populism: An international perspective of public diplomacy trends. In G.J. Golan, S Yang & D.F. Kinsey (Eds.), International Public Relations and Public Diplomacy. Communication and Engagement (pp. 333-347). New York: Peter Lang
      • I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Between diversity and pluriformity: The “New Style” of Dutch Public Broadcasting. In G. Titley, K. Horsti & G. Hultén (Eds.), National Conversations: Public service media and cultural diversity in Europe (pp. 85-104). Bristol, UK: Intellect
      • J.M. Engelbert. Defining New Labour. Aberystwyth University Prom./coprom.: M.I. Barker.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2018, april 13). Ethics and equality in the smart city. Rotterdam, Kenniswerkplaats Urban Big Data, Leiden-Delft-Erasmus alliance.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2019, januari 23). (Van) Wie is de stad? Burgers, big data en ethiek in de stad. Rotterdam, NSOB/ESSB/Gemeente Rotterdam Symposium, Sturen op Transities: Hoe doe je dat?.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2018, september 13). Ethiek en Big Data. Rotterdam, Festival van de Toekomst, Provincie Zuid-Holland.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2018, januari 31). The Borders of Europe. Rotterdam, Erasmus Tiger Lecture, International Film Festival Rotterdam.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2017, september 18). Colourblind racism in the Netherlands today. Amsterdam, Rode Hoed, Skin Deep, Black Achievement Week.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2017, september 5). Whose right to define the smart city? National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Right to the Smart City Symposium.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2017, december 13). The terms of debate. Rotterdam, The Future of the University.
        • J.M. Engelbert (2017, december 1). Shared principles for the smart city. Amsterdam, ThingsCon.
        • P.P.L. Berkers, F. Weij & J.M. Engelbert (2015). The appeal of protesting musicians: Pussy Riot, mediatization and the construction of cosmopolitan citizenship. 18th Biennial IASPM Conference: Campinas, Brazil (2015, juni 29 - 2015, juli 3).
        • F. Weij, P.P.L. Berkers & J.M. Engelbert (2015). Appealing protest: An analysis of YouTube user comments to Pussy Riot's recorded punk performances. Global Cultures of Contestation Conference: Amsterdam (2015, oktober 15 - 2015, oktober 16).
        • J.M. Engelbert & I. Awad (2014). The mediated politics of migration and risk management. Meaning of Migration Conference: Cardiff University, Cardiff (UK) (2014, april 17 - 2014, april 17).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2014). Dagbladjournalistiek en populisme.
        • F. Weij, P.P.L. Berkers & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Punk as vehicle: The role of music in the reception of Pussy Riot’s political activism. IASPM Benelux conference A long way to the top: The production and reception of music in a globalized world: Rotterdam (2014, november 6 - 2014, november 7).
        • F. Weij, P.P.L. Berkers & J.M. Engelbert (2014). The appeal of protesting artists: Western solidarity with Pussy Riot and the construction of cosmopolitan citizenship. Dag van de Sociologie: Antwerpen (2014, mei 28).
        • J.M. Engelbert & M. Pantti (2014). Training responsible neoliberal citizens: Media-oriented benevolence in the Big Society. ECREA Conference: Lisbon, Portugal (2014, november 12 - 2014, november 15).
        • I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Between diversity and pluriformity. Multiculturalism: Where do we go from here? (hosted by ECREA’s Diaspora, Media & Migration section): University of Sussex, Brighton (UK) (2014, maart 28 - 2014, maart 29).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2013). Close encounters: Exploring the political potential of mediated benevolence. European Sociological Association conference: Turin (2013, augustus 28 - 2013, augustus 31).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2013). Rhetorical agency in ideological dispute: Party members discursive legitimisation of contested political narratives. International Communication Association conference: London (2013, juni 17 - 2013, juni 21).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2013). Close encounters: Passion and emotional conviction in proximal campaigns. Media & Passion: Lund (2013, maart 21 - 2013, maart 21).
        • J.M. Engelbert & A.H. Kuppens (2013). Sewing the seeds of motherhood: the socio-political dynamics of sewing mummy blogs. Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap: Rotterdam (2013, februari 7 - 2013, februari 8).
        • J.M. Engelbert & P.M. McCurdy (2011). The BBC under fire. The rhetorical affordances of impartiality. Rhetoric in Society conference: Antwerp, Belgium (2011, januari 1 - 2011, januari 1).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2011). De ideologie van alledag. Confetti symposium 'De linkse kerk bestaat niet': Rotterdam (2011, juni 1).
        • J.M. Engelbert & P.M. McCurdy (2011). The (un)bound BBC. British Sociological Association (BSA): London, UK (2011, april 5 - 2011, april 8).
        • C.J. Groshek & J.M. Engelbert (2011). A cross-national comparison of populist political movements and media uses in the US and the Netherlands. WAPOR Regional Seminar: Segovia, Spain (2011, maart 16 - 2011, maart 19).
        • J.M. Engelbert & P.M. McCurdy (2011). Capitalising on the plasticity of impartiality. International Communication Association (ICA): Boston, USA (2011, mei 25 - 2011, mei 31).
        • J.M. Engelbert & I. Awad (2011). Public service broadcasting, (re-)pillarisation and social inclusion. Uitsluitend Emancipatie: Amsterdam (2011, oktober 14 - 2011, oktober 15).
        • I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2011). Between diversity and pluriformity: The `new style' of Dutch public broadcasting. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference: Istanbul (2011, juli 13 - 2011, juli 17).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2010). From cause to concern. Critical Discourse Analysis and extra-discursive interests. CADAAD 2010 (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines),: University of Lódz, Poland (2010, september 12 - 2010, september 15).
        • P.M. McCurdy & J.M. Engelbert (2010). Impartial to suffering? An analysis of the BBC's decision not to broadcast the 2009 Disasters Emergence Committee appeal in Gaza. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference: Braga (2010, juli 17 - 2010, juli 23).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2009). The concessionary gift of the royal spectacle. ECREA Conference Media, Communication & the Spectacle: Rotterdam (2009, november 25 - 2009, november 27).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2009). Talking of New Labour. British Sociological Association Conference, Cardiff University: Cardiff (2009, april 17 - 2009, april 18).
        • J.M. Engelbert (2009). Mediating monarchy. KNAW Conference Participating in a Mediated World Meeting, Royal Institute of Sciences: Amsterdam (2009, november 27 - 2009, november 27).
        • F. Weij & J.M. Engelbert (2018). Artivism as a vehicle for everyday political participation by celebrities. Cultural Sociology Lowlands: Rotterdam (2018, juli 15).
      • I. Awad, S. Azrioual, T. Cieraad, A. Costa, K. De Vries, J.M. Engelbert, I. Lochem, A. Nzume, J. Olivieira, J.C. van Sterkenburg, A.A. van Stipriaan Luiscius & J.R. Ward (Ed.). (2015). PIET: Handboek voor een moderne Sinterklaasviering. Rotterdam/Amsterdam: Trichis / Noturban
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  • Associate Professor

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
    Department of Media and Communication
    The Netherlands
  • Vital Cities and Citizens

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    Theme lead of the subtheme Smart Cities & Citizens for the Erasmus Initiative and strategic pillar Vital Cities and Citizens (www.eur.nl/en/research/erasmus- initiatives/vital- cities-and-citizens).
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Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

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Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam