Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.
Office: DMS, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 11147
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 2728
2009 – PhD Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
2003 – MA Communication, University of Calgary
2000 – BA (hons) Communication, concentration Criminology, University of Ottawa
Fields of interest
- Media strategies of civil society actors
- Representation of protest and civil society in the media
- Media events and the ‘media eventisation’ of society
- Consequences of living in a media-saturated society
- Media and international development
Cammermats, B., Matoni, A. and McCurdy, P. (eds). (2012). Mediation and Social Movements. Intellect: London.
Feigenbaum, A., Frenzel, F. and McCurdy, P. (in progress). Protest Camps. Zed Books: London. Project website: http://protestcamps.org/
McCurdy, P., Power, G. and A. Godfrey (2011). When theory meets practice: Critical reflections from the field on press freedom indicators. In M. Price and S. Abbot (Eds.). Critical reflections from the field on press freedom indicators. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 47-66.
Articles in refereed journals
Engelbert, J. and McCurdy, P. (2012). A threat to impartiality: Reconstructing and situating the BBC’s denial of the 2009 DEC appeal for Gaza, Media War & Conflict. [In press]
McCurdy, P. (2012). Social Movements, Protest and Mainstream Media, Sociology Compass. [In press].
McCurdy, P. (2011). The ‘story’ in a risk society: A case study of the BBC and the ‘riskiness’ of journalism, Journal of Media Practice. 12: 173-188.
McCurdy, P. (2011). The Fragility of Dissent!: Mediated Resistance at the Gleneagles G8 Summit and the Impact of the 7/7 London Bombings, Culture, Language and Representation, 9: 99-116. Available online from: http://www.e-revistes.uji.es/index.php/clr/article/viewArticle/88
Engelbert, J. and McCurdy, P. (2011). The Plasticity of Impartiality: On the BBC's argument not to carry the 2009 Gaza DEC appeal, Critical Discourse Studies. 8: 183-201.
McCurdy, P. (2011). Theorizing Activists’ ‘Lay theories of media’: A case study of the Dissent! Network at the 2005 G8 Summit, International Journal of Communication. 5: 619-638. Available online from: http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/viewFile/842/559
McCurdy, P. (2010). Breaking the spiral of silence - Unpacking the ‘media debate’ within Global Justice Movements: A Case Study of Dissent! and the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit, Interface: A journal for and about social movements. 2: 42-67. Available online from: http://www.interfacejournal.net/2010/11/interface-issue-2-volume-2-voices-of-dissent/
McCurdy, P. (2010). The King is dead, long live the King: Meditations on Media Events and Michael Jackson, Celebrity Studies. 1: 236-238.
McCurdy, P., (2008). Inside the media event: Examining the media practices of Dissent! at the Hori-Zone eco-village at the 2005 G8 Gleneagles Summit. Communications - European Journal of Communication Research, 33: 293-311.
McCurdy, P. & Power, G. (2007). Journalism education as a vehicle for media development in Africa: Opinions from the field, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies. 28: 127-148.
McCurdy, P. (2011). Journalism, Risk and the Media: The Case of WikiLeaks in the ‘Risk Society’, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Istanbul, Turkey, 16 July 2011.
McCurdy, P. and Uldam, J. (2011). A Four-Quadrant Approach to Participant Observation with Radical Social Movements: Reflections on fieldwork at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit and the 2009 UN Climate Conference, IAMCR, Istanbul, Turkey, 16-18 July 2011.
Brennan, N., Kyriakidou, M., McCurdy, P., Skey, M. and J. Uldam. (2011).A Flash of Global Joy? A Comparative Study of the Reporting of the Chilean Miners' Disaster, IAMCR, Istanbul, Turkey, 16-18 July 2011.
McCurdy, P. (2011). “Activists as Celebrities? Conceptualizing Celebrity Activists”. Spectacular Environmentalisms: Celebrity, Media and the Environment, AHRC Research Network, London. July 11, 2011. Network website: http://spectacularenvironmentalisms.co.uk/
Engelbert, J. and McCurdy, P. (2011). Capitalizing on the plasticity of impartiality - The BBC and the 2009 Gaza appeal, International Communication Association (ICA), Boston, 26-30 May, 2011.
McCurdy, P. (2011). “Does size really matter? Media practices and theorizing small media. Invited speaker at SMS2011: Small Media Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. April 8, 2011.
Feigenbaum, A., F. Frenzel and P. McCurdy. (2011). The Protest Camp as a Place-Based Site of Resistance and Collective Learning, Spaces of Alterity, Nottingham, 27-29, April 2011.
Feigenbaum, A., F. Frenzel and P. McCurdy. (2011). Protest Camps: towards an interdisciplinary research agenda, Political Studies Association (PSA), London, 19-21 April 2011.
Feigenbaum, A., F. Frenzel and P. McCurdy. (2011). Protest camps as sites for social change – Towards a common research agenda, British Sociological Association (BSA), London, 6-8 April 2011.
Engelbert, J. and McCurdy, P. (2011). The (un)bound BBC, British Sociological Association (BSA), London, 6-8 April 2011.
Engelbert, J. and McCurdy, P. (2011). The BBC under fire. The rhetorical affordances of ‘impartiality’ and ‘ongoing news story, Rhetoric in Society III - Antwerp, January 26-28, 2011.
McCurdy, P. (2010). Rethinking Adaptation and Abstention: Revising Rucht's "Quadruple A" Framework for analyzing the media strategies of social movements. ECREA. Hamburg, Germany, October 14, 2010.
McCurdy, P. (2010). Impartial to suffering? An analysis of the BBC's decision not to broadcast the 2009 Disasters Emergence Committee appeal in Gaza. IAMCR, Braga, Portugal, July 18-22, 2010. Peer Reviewed.
McCurdy, P. (2010). Acknowledging knowledge: Theorizing activists’ media practices and lay theories of media. Submitted as part of a panel submission entitled: Perceptions, self-reflexivity and knowledge: Critical explorations of the media practices of contemporary social movement actors. Community Communication Section of the IAMCR conference. Braga, Portugal, July 18-22, 2010.
McCurdy, P. (2010). Thinking about the media – Making a case for the theoretical relevance of ‘lay theories of media. Invited paper for the symposium Transnational Connections: Challenges and Opportunities for Communication. IE School of Communication, IE University, Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, Segovia, Spain (March 24-25, 2010.