Professor George McKay
I joined the University of Salford in 2005, as Professor of Cultural Studies; before that I held the same position at UCLan. I am Director of the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre. My work has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC; four awards to date–five if we include HERA), British Council, European Commission (Framework 6), Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, HEFCE, among others. I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, for Media, and for Music. I am currently a member of the Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) executive–MeCCSA being the national UK association for scholars and postgraduate students in the field. I have undertaken external examining responsibilities at around 15 institutions, at PhD, MA and BA levels. I have been a Visiting Fellow at University of Southern Maine, USA (1994), University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria (1996), and at University of Sydney, Australia (2008).
In terms of public engagement, I am a fairly frequent contributor to British and some international media, including BBC and independent radio, having appeared on programmes as varied as Thinking Allowed (several times) and The Johnnie Walker Show. I have also appeared on numerous television programmes–news and documentaries–and written for publications such as the Guardian, Independent, Times Higher Education, New Statesman. A two-part ABC radio documentary in 2009, on the leading Australian music programme Into the Music, focused heavily on my research on street music and popular protest.
My areas of expertise for research, teaching, media comment and PhD supervision are:
- Alternative cultures and media, (post)subcultures, protest and social movements
- Festival, music and social change
- Cultures of transatlanticism
- Disability and cultural studies
- Media studies
Founding co-editor, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Routledge, 2002-) www.informaworld.com
Editor, DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (Verso, 1998)
Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (Verso, 1996)
co-ed. with Pete Moser, Community Music: A Handbook (Russell House, 2005)
Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (Gollancz, 2000)
Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (Duke UP, 2005)
Co-editor, with Neil Campbell and Jude Davies, Issues in Americanisation and Culture (Edinburgh UP, 2004)
Co-editor, BAAS Paperbacks Series (Edinburgh UP 1993-2002).
Radical Gardening: Idealism, Rebellion and Politics in the Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2011)