Prof Dave Boothroyd

    Professor of Media and Culture

    Lincoln School of Film & Media
    College of Arts

    About Dave Boothroyd

    Dave Boothroyd is a Professor of Media and Culture in College of Arts

    Dave was previously at the University of Kent (2000-2014) where he was Director of Cultural Studies and before that at the University of Teesside (1990-2000).

    In the last couple of years he has been researching the impact of the incorporation of digital communications into everyday life, and in particular the ways in which this changes perceptions and understandings of such things as censorship, intimacy, secrecy, the senses and subjectivity. This has included collaborations with artists whose work addresses such themes. His work is concerned with the ethical and political dimensions of culture in all its senses and more generally with the relationship between ethics and politics and technologies of communication.

    Dave’s most recent book is Ethical Subjects in Contemporary Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) and he is also the author of Culture On Drugs: Narco-cultural Studies of High Modernity (Manchester University Press, 2006). In 2011 he edited a volume on Pharmacology in the innovative, Open Humanities Press/JISC-funded, open access series Living Books About Life.

    He was a co-founding editor (with Professor Gary Hall) of the first fully open access, peer-reviewed journal of cultural studies and cultural theory, Culture Machine, in 1998. (The latest scheduled edition of which will be on Drone Culture (2015) and edited by two of his colleagues in the School of Film and Media, Dean Lockwood and Rob Coley.)

    “I have always had a deep interest in and commitment to the utilisation of communications technologies in the quest for a democratic future. In the twenty first century it is incumbent upon us all to understand better how life itself is mediated in order to negotiate the promise and the threat posed by ever new forms of mediation and the new expressions of power they bring with them. The stakes are enormous and there are no guarantees. One thing I feel certain of, though, is that the study of media today is essential to the project of suturing the rift between the sciences and cultural creativity. It is only on that basis, I believe, that education and knowledge will foster ethical responsibility rather than unfettered instrumentality.”

    Department Responsibilities

    Director of Research in the School of Film and Media

    Postgraduate teaching, Ph.D supervsion (prospective students please contact me directly to discuss your proposal)

    ESRC-funded research: EMoTICON project ‘A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing’ (until 2016)

    Subject Specialism

    Contemporary European thought, media and cultural theory, ethico-politics of communication, technics and cultural memory, techno-cultural studies and theory, drugs and drug cultures


    • M.Sc Computing Science — University of London, 1991
    • Ph.D European Philosophy — University of Warwick, 1988
    • B.A.(Hons) Philosophy — University of Essex, 1981


    • ‘Cybernetic Subjects and the Mediation of Trust and Empathy’ — EMoTICON Projects Network £3K, 2016
    • Empathy and Trust in Communications On-line (A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing) — Joint RCsUK £1.3M, 2014
    • Research Leave Award: ‘Emmanuel Levinas and Cultural Theory’ — AHRC £24K, 2007
    • Research Leave Award: ‘Culture On Drugs’ — AHRB £9K, 1999

    External Activities and Consultancy

    External Examiner of Ph.Ds (Goldsmiths 2009, York 2012, Cardiff 2013)
    External Examiner B.A. Cultural Studies, University of Leeds (2006-2009)
    External Examiner B.A. Media and Cultural Studies, University College, Northampton (2003-2006)
    External Reviewer of Cultural Studies provision, Bath Spa University (1999)
    Peer Reviewer for several leading journals and academic book publishers
    Founding Co-editor (with Professor Gary Hall) of Culture Machine

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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