Screening Protest brings together a range of scholarly perspectives on the study of protest mediations on television and in film. Arguing that the screen is a fruitful, if overlooked, analytical focus, the book explores how visual narratives of protest wander across borders – territorial, temporal and generic.

Chapters compare coverage of major protests in recent history by global news channels like Al Jazeera English, BBC World, CNN International and RT. They consider how geopolitical agendas, newsroom culture and the ubiquity of eyewitness footage shape the narration of events such as the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ in Hong Kong, anti-austerity protests in Greece, pro-EU mobilizations in the Ukraine and clashes in Ferguson. A focus on narrative allows authors to compare such news stories with popular cultural depictions of the protester, in films and television series such as The Hunger Games, Robin Hood and Suffragette. Although focussed on the screen, the scope of the book is broad, given its exploration of images distributed worldwide.

Written with both scholars and students in mind, Screening Protest will interest researchers in political science, sociology, media and film studies, as well as the general reader interested in current affairs.

chapter 1|18 pages


ByAlexa Robertson

part I|145 pages

Protest on global television

chapter 2|28 pages

Protest on global television

Protest maps, violence and voice
ByAlexa Robertson, Luiza Chiroiu, Diana-Andreea Grecu

chapter 3|26 pages

The protest paradigm and global television news narratives of dissent

ByAlexa Robertson, Luiza Chiroiu, Madeleine Ceder

chapter 4|24 pages

Mediating democracy

Global television news and the Greek protests of 2015
ByKarina Schrettle

chapter 6|28 pages

Icons of protest in the visual cultures of news

ByKarin Becker

chapter 7|16 pages

Protest, place, in pictures

The public square in Al Jazeera English photo essays
ByAlexandra Gojowy, Alexa Robertson

part II|89 pages

Protest on popular screens

chapter 8|24 pages

From Robin Hood to Mr. Robot

Popular-cultural narratives of protest on television
ByAlexa Robertson

chapter 9|18 pages

Audio visuals

Protest and the popular music screen
ByDiana-Andreea Grecu, Alexa Robertson

chapter 10|22 pages

The militant suffrage campaign on screen

ByKrista Cowman

chapter 11|18 pages

Breaking news from Petrograd, 1917

Remediated revolution as popular history
ByKristina Widestedt

chapter |6 pages


ByAlexa Robertson