Staff Profile


Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido

Reader in Media and Social Inequality

School: School of Creative Arts & Industries

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923891

Profile summary

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido is Reader in Media and Social Inequality at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK).

She is author of two monographs, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the British Press (2019) and 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) and Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (2015), and has edited journal special issues for Critical Discourse Studies, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, and Networking Knowledge). She is co-editor of the book series 'Protest, Media and Culture' (Rowman and Littlefield).

Ruth has conducted the British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project 'Remembering what we have not lived: Postmemory Analysis of Franco's violence in Spain'. She also directs the project Herencias del 36.

Ruth is on the Executive Committee of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA). She is Chair and founder of the MeCCSA Social Movements Network (2013-). She previously chaired the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network (2011-2013) and is a former member of the Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Network Committee. She also coordinated the IAMCR Mentorship Programme (2012-2015).

Ruth is Director of the Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures (2021-), School Ethics Coordinator and a member of the Faculty Ethics Committee. She was Director of International (2013-2019) and Programme Director for Media and Communications (2017-2019). She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014. 

Before joining CCCU in 2013, Ruth worked at University of Leicester and De Montfort University.

Ruth welcomes PhD proposals in the areas of memory studies, legacies of the Spanish Civil War, feminism, violence against women, social movements, representations of gender, class and ethnicity, and conflict reporting. Anyone interested in conducting a PhD in these areas should contact

Research and knowledge exchange

External Examiner/Assessor

- External Examiner, BA Media and Communications at University of Surrey (2020-24).

- External Examiner, BSc Media & Communications, BSc Media, Communications & Journalism, BSc Media & Marketing, BSc Media & Public Relations, and BSc Media with Languages (French, Arabic, Spanish) at London Metropolitan University (2018-2021).

- External Assessor, MA Global Communication and Media in Sheffield Hallam (2018).

PhD Examiner

- External PhD Examiner at University of Leeds and De Montfort University.

- Internal PhD Examiner at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Subject Associations

(2019-Present) Member of the MeCCSA Executive Committee, where she serves in the Association Activities Sub-committee and as PGN Liaison.

(2013–Present) Chair, MeCCSA Social Movements Network.

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

(2011–2013) Chair, MeCCSA Postgraduate Network.

Documentary Film

Sanz Sabido, R. (2019) Herencias del 36. Available at:

Online Archive of Testimonies

Available at:


(2019) The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the British Press. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2016) Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.

Edited Collections

(2017) Representing Communities: Discourse and Contexts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2016) Sites of Protest (with Price). London: Rowman and Littlefield International.

(2016) Special Issue: ‘Discourse and Protest Events’ (with Price). Critical Discourse Studies, 13(3).

(2016) Special Issue: ‘The Spanish Civil War 80 years on: discourse, memory and the media’ (with Price and Quílez). Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 8(1).

(2015) Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (with Price). London: Rowman and Littlefield International.

(2014) Special Issue: ‘Othering Race and Ethnicity in Media and Popular Culture’. Networking Knowledge, 7(3).

External activities

Keynotes and Invited Papers

“From Private to Public and Political: Breastfeeding, Sorority and Feminism”, Documentary Media Centre, 8 March 2021.

“Empoderamiento ciudadano y ámbito digital”, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid), 18-19 October 2018.

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

“The Spanish Civil War 80 Years On”, 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”, De Montfort University, 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”, 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

- Ruth’s documentary film, Herencias del 36, has been screened in various locations, including London, Seville, Huelva, Madrid and Zaragoza.

- The documentary has been selected by the following human-rights festivals:

  • Encuentro Hispanoamericano de Cine y Video Documental Independiente: ‘Contra el silencio todas las voces’ (Edición XI), Mexico. The documentary was screened on Mexican TV channel Canal 14 on 20 September 2020.
  • Ciclo Espiello de Memoria Histórica, Boltaña (Spain). The documentary was screened on 20 July in Boltaña.
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de la No-Violencia Activa.

- ‘Postmemoria y nuevas generaciones’, II Jornadas de Memoria Histórica de Arroyomolinos de León, 9-10 August 2018.

- ‘Memoria, Comunidad y Conflicto’, I Jornadas de Memoria Histórica de Arroyomolinos de León, 10-11 April 2017.

- Organised a public talk and exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, 18-19 July 2016. External Association: ARMH.

- ‘Memory and Ideology in the Spanish Civil War’, Cultural Exchanges, Leicester, 19 February 2014.

Publications and research outputs

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

(2019) “Citizens’ Investigations: recovering the past in contemporary Spain”. In: Price, S. (ed.) Journalism, Power and Investigation: Global and Activist Perspectives, 117-126. Abingdon: Routledge.

(2017) “News coverage of a women’s hunger strike against ‘chauvinist violence’”. In: Sanz Sabido, R. (ed.) Representing Communities: Discourse and Contexts, 135-161. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2017) “Online Communities of Spanish Migrants in Times of Austerity”. JOMEC, 11: 83-95.

(2017) “Anti-austerity protests, Brexit and Britishness in the news” (with Price). In: Papaioannou, T. and Gupta, S. (eds.) Media Representations of Anti-austerity Protests in the EU: Grievances, Identities and Agency, 143-161. Abingdon: Routledge.

(2016) “Local Memories: Conflict and Lived Experience in the Spanish Civil War”. Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 8(1): 11-30. 

(2016) “‘The Ladders Revolution’: Material struggle, social media and news coverage” (with Price). Critical Discourse Studies, 13(3): 247-260.

(2016) “‘Hunger for bread and horizons’: Protest songs in Franco’s Spain”. In: Price, S. and Sanz Sabido, R. (eds.) Sites of Protest, 57-72. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.

(2016) “Postcolonial Critical Discourse Analysis”. In: Servaes, J. and Oyedemi, T. (eds.) Social Inequalities, Media, and Communication: Theory and Roots, 55-73. New York: 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: Hajek, A., Lohmeier, C. and Pentzold, C. (eds.) Memory in a Mediated World: Remembrance and Reconstruction, 142-157. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2013) “‘I have a question for you’: mediatisation, citizen participation and elections in Catalonia”, in Ekström, M. and Tolson, A. (eds.) Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America, 87-112. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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


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