Dr Kerry Moore - BA (Wales), MA (Sunderland), PhD(Cardiff)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 76199
Location: Room 1.30, Bute Building
Dr Kerry Moore is a Lecturer, 3rd Year Tutor and Chair of Undergraduate Admissions at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
She has particular research interests in racism in news and political discourse and in cultural politics and has published on journalism and asylum and refugee issues, media representations of young black men, and Islam in the news. She is Reviews Editor of the journal Social Semiotics.
- Media Power Society
- Media, Racism and Conflict
- Putting Research Into Practice: Discourse Analysis Workshops
My research currently focuses on contemporary discourses of racism in the UK, including media and political representations of asylum and migration, 'race' and Islam. More broadly, I am interested in cultural politics and how inequality and social conflict are articulated within British political culture, including questions surrounding national identity, security and human rights, multiculturalism, political protest and crime. My work engages with cultural theory, especially post-Marxism and poststructuralist approaches to discourse analysis.
I am book reviews editor for the journal Social Semiotics. We welcome proposals for book reviews or review essays.
Gross, B., K. Moore, T. Threadgold., Eds. (2012). Migrations and the Media. Oxford, Peter Lang.
Moore, K (Forthcoming). “Discourses of Asylum and National Security in the War on Terror”. Migrations and the Media. Gross, B., K. Moore, T. Threadgold., Eds. Oxford, Peter Lang.
Moore, K., J. Jewell, Cushion, S. (2012). Media Representations of Black Young Men and Boys: Report of the REACH Media Monitoring Project. Cardiff, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
Lewis, J., P. Mason, K. Moore. (2009)."Islamic Terrorism" and the Repression of the Political. Media, Religion and Conflict L. Marsden and H. Savigny (Eds.) London, Ashgate.
Moore, K., P. Mason, J. Lewis. (2008). Images of Islam in the UK: The Representation of British Muslims in the National Print News Media 2000-2008. Cardiff, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
‘Refugee and Asylum Discourse in British Broadcast News’ Research Paper co-presented (with Bernhard Gross) at MeCCSA Annual Conference, Cardiff University (January 2008)
Clifford, S. & Moore, K. (2007) 'The Gendered Use of the Media by Asylum Seekers in Britain'. Gender and Development, Vol.15, No.3.
Gross, B., Moore, K. and Threadgold, T. (2007) Broadcast News Coverage of Asylum April to October 2006: Caught Between Human Rights and Public Safety. Cardiff: Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
‘Securisiting Discourses of Asylum in ‘War on Terror’ Britain’, Research Paper presented at Media, War and Conflict Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (April 2007)
‘An abuse of power or an abuse of common sense? National Security, Human Rights and the Case of the Afghan Hijackers’ Research Paper presented at MeCCSA Annual Conference, Coventry University (January 2007)
‘The Power of Nightmares’: Securitising Discourses on Asylum and Human Rights post 9/11’ Research paper presented at Centre for Research in Audio Visual Cultures, Roehampton University (October 2005)
Discourses of Asylum and National Security Post 9.11 Research Paper presented at MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University. (June 2005)
‘”Policing the Asylum Crisis”, anti-detention campaigns and counter discourse on asylum in the UK’ (2005) Signs of the Times Collective Discussion Paper Full paper online
‘”Keeping Lee Asylum Free”: Discourses of Security and Asylum Centres in the UK’ Research Seminar Presentation, Roehampton University (October 2004)
‘”Policing the Asylum Crisis”: Cultural Studies, Post-Marxism and the Politics of Hope’ Research paper presented at ‘Crossroads in Cultural Studies’ Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (June 2004)
A Cultural Study of Asylum Under New Labour
A Cultural Study of Asylum in the UK Under New Labour critically explores the meaning and significance of an ‘asylum crisis’ constructed within British public discourse since 1997.
Drawing upon the discourse theory of Laclau and Mouffe and the work of other poststructuralist, deconstructionist and Cultural Studies theory, the research opens a range of questions about how the dominant hegemonic discourse on asylum has been articulated, using examples in the analysis drawn from across a number of discursive sites, focusing primarily upon examples drawn from the national news media, the rhetoric of mainstream national politicians and policy and other official documents.
In the first three chapters the study seeks to explain how theory is important to understanding the role of asylum in contemporary culture and politics. Here, a genealogy of ideas concerning the ‘othering’ of migrants in the UK is developed, and in relation to asylum, an elucidation of some key concepts for discourse theory and Cultural Studies.
The analytical approach of the study is constructed through a critical appraisal of Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory in relation to asylum as an object of analysis and via an engagement with the work other poststructuralist scholars.
Case study chapters then examine how a dominant asylum discourse has been constructed in relation to particular ‘crisis’ issues, how these discourses have shifted and changed under New Labour, and the technologies of control through which asylum seekers are excluded from the mainstream, ‘law abiding’ citizenry.
Through these are explored the conditions of possibility for the articulation of asylum as a threat to the security and well being of the British nation, and concomitantly for the rearticulation of liberal democratic values such as ‘human rights’ as a potential threat to national security.
PhD Supervisor: Dr Paul Bowman