Dr. J.M. (Jiska) Engelbert

Jiska Engelbert
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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
  • V. Chaudri & J.M. Engelbert (2016). Social construction of reality. In C.E. Caroll (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Corporate Reputation (pp. 764-766). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • 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 (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?.
  • F. Weij & J.M. Engelbert (2018). Artivism as a vehicle for everyday political participation by celebrities. Cultural Sociology Lowlands: Rotterdam (2018, juli 15).
  • J.M. Engelbert (2018, januari 31). The Borders of Europe. Rotterdam, Erasmus Tiger Lecture, International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • J.M. Engelbert (2018, april 13). Ethics and equality in the smart city. Rotterdam, Kenniswerkplaats Urban Big Data, Leiden-Delft-Erasmus alliance.
  • E.A. van Zoonen, F. Hirzalla, J.M. Engelbert, L. Zuijderwijk & L. Schokker (2017, mei 26). Seeing more than you think: a data walk in the city. . Retrieved Dec 17, 2018, from https://www.bangthetable.com/blog/data-walk-in-smart-city/
  • J.M. Engelbert (2017, december 1). Shared principles for the smart city. Amsterdam, ThingsCon.
  • J.M. Engelbert (2017, december 13). The terms of debate. Rotterdam, The Future of the University.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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 & 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 & 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, J.C. van Sterkenburg, A.A. van Stipriaan Luiscius & C. Peters (2014, december 1). Universiteit ontwijkt het Zwarte Piet-debat. Volkskrant , pp. 22-22.
  • 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 (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).


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