Profile

Saumava Mitra

My research interest is in building nuanced understandings of the role visuals play in conflict and crises news. I am conducting a multi-faceted research project in this area with the case study of Afghanistan. The different strands of research going into the project include a comparative content analysis study of visuals in Afghan newspapers and social media pages (in collaboration with two Afghan organizations) as well as sociological exploration of the day to day work done by Afghan professional photographers. My research publications so far have explored the discursive context of visuals and their relationship to progressive and positive depiction of war-torn societies as well as the overarching typology of media initiatives which aim for peace in post-conflict societies. Before my current doctoral position, I was an independent researcher and lecturer at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica where I am still involved as Masters research project supervisor and external examiner. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a journalist and communication consultant in India, Netherlands, Tanzania and Kenya for organizations like Associated Press, Bloomberg and Radio Netherlands. I hold an Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism with a specialization in conflict reporting jointly from Aarhus University, Denmark and Swansea University, UK.