Staff Profile


Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido

Reader in Media and Social Inequality

School: Media, Art and Design

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923891

Profile summary

Ruth is Reader in Media and Social Inequality at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK). She previously taught at University of Leicester and De Montfort University.

She is the author of Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain (2016), editor of Representing Communities: Discourse and Contexts (2017), and co-editor of Sites of Protest (2016), Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (2015) and three journal special issues (in Critical Discourse Studies, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, and Networking Knowledge). She is also author of several book chapters and journal articles on memory and the Spanish Civil War, media discourse and conflic, gender and social movements. Ruth's PhD (2013) examined the postcolonial representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the British press, and has a forthcoming monograph on the Palestinian conflict.

Ruth is currently conducting the British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project 'Remembering what we have not lived: Postmemory Analysis of Franco's violence in Spain'.

She is Chair and founder of the MeCCSA Social Movements Network (2013-Present). She previously chaired the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network (2011-2013) and was part of the MeCCSA Executive during that period. She also coordinated the IAMCR Mentorship Programme (2012-2015).

She is co-editor of the book series 'Protest, Media and Culture' (Rowman and Littlefield), and convenes the Canterbury Media Discourse Group. Ruth is also Director of International in the School of Media, Art and Design at CCCU, and Programme Director for Media and Communications. She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014. 

Ruth welcomes MA and PhD applications in the areas of memory studies, legacies of the Spanish Civil War, social movements, representations of gender, class and ethnicity, and conflict reporting. She has also examined PhDs in the area of media and communications.

Research and knowledge exchange

Current Research Projects

- BA/Leverhulme-Funded Project: ‘Remembering what we have not lived: Postmemory Analysis of Franco's Violence in Spain’

This new study takes an innovative look at the concept of postmemory, which describes how new generations relate to historic events that took place before they were born. As the number of survivors of events such as the Holocaust, the partition of Ireland, or the Second World War, has become more limited, the media have acquired a more significant role in the representation and dissemination of messages about these contentious pasts.

Therefore, as the era of direct testimony comes to an end, it is of paramount importance that we understand the dynamic interplay between media texts (such as films, news stories, songs) and audience reception in the development of postmemories.

Based on Spain’s post-Civil War context, this project focuses on a rich area that is worth exploring: the development of a method of postmemory analysis that simultaneously takes into account both the media texts and their reception. The ultimate goal is to formulate a methodological approach that can be applied to other post-conflict societies and contexts of collective trauma.

- Herencias del 36: A map of testimonies.

- 'Representations of rape and sexual violence in the media'

- 'News Values and the Postcolonial'

- HEIF-Funded Knowledge Exchange Creative Business Award, ‘The work of Memory Associations in Spain’

Teaching and subject expertise



(forthcoming) The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the British Press (1948-2018) (Palgrave)

(2016) Memories of the Spanish Civil War:Conflict and Community in Rural Spain (R&L)

Edited Collections and Special Issues

(2017)Representing Communities: Discourse and Contexts (Palgrave)

(2016)with Price, Sites of Protest (R&L)

(2016)with Price, Special issue, Critical Discourse Studies, 13(3)

(2016)with Price and Quílez, Special issue, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 8(2)

(2015)with Price, Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (R&L)

(2014)Othering Race and Ethnicity, Special issue, Networking Knowledge, 7(3)

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

(2017)“News coverage of a women’s hunger strike against ‘chauvinist violence’”. In: Representing Communities: Discourse and Contexts (Palgrave).

(2017)“Anti-austerity protests, Brexit and Britishness in the news”. In:Grievances, Identities and Agency:Media Representations of Anti-austerity Protests in the EU (Routledge)

(2017)“Online Communities of Spanish Migrants in Times of Austerity”. JOMEC Journal

(2016)“‘Hunger for bread and horizons’:Protest songs in Franco’s Spain”. In:Sites of Protest (R&L)

(2016)“Local Memories: Conflict and Lived Experience in the Spanish Civil War”. Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies

(2016)with Price, S. “The Ladders Revolution’: Material struggle, social media and news coverage”. Critical Discourse Studies

(2016)Postcolonial Critical Discourse Analysis”. In:Social Inequalities, Media and Communication:A Global Perspective (Lexington Books)

(2015)“Palestine in the British press:A Postcolonial Critical Discourse Analysis”.Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 8(3):​199-216.

(2015)“Echoes of the Spanish Revolution:Social memories, social struggles”. In:Memory in a Mediated World:Remembrance and Reconstruction (Palgrave)

(2015)"'They call it democracy':Cultural memory and anti-austerity protests in Spain". In:Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (R&L)

(2013)“‘I have a question for you’:Mediatisation, citizen participation and elections in Catalonia”. In:Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America (Palgrave)

(2009)“When the ‘Other’ Becomes ‘Us’:Mediated Representations, ‘Terrorism’ and the ‘War on Terror’”. PLATFORM, 1:67-82

External activities

Keynotes and Invited Talks

"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the British press: A postcolonial discourse analysis”, Journalism Research Seminar Series, University of Kent, 5 October 2016

“The Spanish Civil War 80 Years On”, II Seminari Postmemòries de la Guerra Civil i el franquisme, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 9 June 2016

“(Re)Asserting the Past: the Memory Movement vs. Spain’s politics of oblivion”, De Montfort University, 27 October 2015

“Until when? The Memory Movement in Spain”, Activism Research Transformation Inaugural Conference, 15 June 2015

Opening Plenary, MeCCSA Annual Conference, Northumbria University, 7-9 January 2015

“Selective memories: Memory and Anti-Austerity Protests in Spain”, University of London, 27 November 2014

“To Live in Times of Trouble”, Anti-Fascism on Film, DMU, 20 February 2014

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the British press: A postcolonial discourse analysis”, University of East London, 28 October 2013

“Comparing the representation of the Madrid and London bombings”, Coventry University, 15 May 2013

“A Land of Promises: Tracing the representations of terrorism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the British Press”, University of Seville, 3-5 April 2013

“Representations of Terrorism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Postcolonial Critical Discourse Analysis of the British press (1948-2009)”, Loughborough University, 28 February 2013

“A Historical Analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the British Press (1948-2009)”, University of Liverpool, 26 February 2013

Public Events

Various screenings of Herencias del 36 in Spain

Memoria de la Guerra Civil Española: Conflicto y Comunidad en la España Rural, I Jornadas de Memoria Histórica, Arroyomolinos de León, 10 Abril 2017

Memory and Ideology in the Spanish Civil War, Cultural Exchanges, DMU, 19 February 2014

Peer-Reviewed Presentations in National and International conferences

Since 2010, Ruth has presented numerous papers in international and national conferences (including IAMCR, MeCCSA, and PSA, amongst others)

Publications and research outputs

Roles in Subject Associations

(2013 – Present) Chair, MeCCSA Social Movements Network

(2012 – 2015) Mentorship Programme Coordinator, IAMCR Emerging Scholars Network

(2011 – 2013) Chair, MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, and member of the MeCCSA Executive

PhD supervisions

- Smallfilms (2018-Present)

- News discourses of VR (2017-Present)

- The use of social media in the favelas (2014-Present)

- The Growth of China’s Indie Music Scene and its Subcultural Community in the Contemporary age of Social Media (2014-2018)

- Media coverage of mental health issues in the Nigerian context (2014-2018)

Conference organisation

PSA Media and Politics Conference, CCCU, October 2020.

Remembering what we have not lived: Approaches to Postmemory Analysis, CCCU, 3 July 2018.

MeCCSA PGN Conference 2018, CCCU, 5-6 July 2018.

IAMCR 2016 Pre-conference 'Spain's Civil War 80 years later: The wound that will not heal?', CCCU, 18-19 July 2016.

MeCCSA 2016 - School of Media, Art and Design, CCCU, 6-8 January 2016

'Sites of protest', organised with the MeCCSA Social Movements Network, CCCU, 29 October 2014.

Ruth organised a number of conferences at De Montfort University, including 'The Mediation of Security' (2011), 'Research Methods in Media Discourse' (2012), 'Generations of Protest: Marxism Matters?' (2013) and 'Memory and ideology in the Spanish Civil War' (2014)


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