Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre members are drawn from a wide range of disciplines and are involved in many areas of research.  Listed below, you will find selected publications by members, related to the activities of the Centre.

Book release: Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis by Salman Al-Azami

Salman Book

Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

eBook ISBN978-1-137-29973-4

Hardcover ISBN978-1-137-29972-7

Link to Palgrave Macmillan site


This ground-breaking book takes an interdisciplinary approach to language, religion and media using an audience-response study. In this book, the author investigates how the three Abrahamic faiths - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - are represented in mainstream British media and analyses how members of each religious group and those with no religion receive those representations. Employing Critical Discourse Analysis, Al-Azami considers the way the media use their power of language to influence the audience’s perceptions of the three religions through newspaper articles, television documentaries and television dramas. Chapter 3 presents the results of an original investigation into the responses of members of the three religious groups and those with no religion when exposed to those same media materials. The author applies the encoding/decoding model and also considers people’s views in face-to-face interactions compared to comments on online newspapers. Comprehensive in its analysis, this book will be of interest to students of Linguistics, Media Studies, Religious Studies, and Journalism.

About the Author

Salman Al-Azami is Senior Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University. He previously taught at Edge Hill University and worked as a researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr Al-Azami has published widely on bilingualism and language in education, and has organised an international conference on religion and media.


Publication of paper based on Professorial Lecture by Prof. Solomon Salako

An article based on the public Lecture delivered by Professor Solomon E. Salako  “Forcible Protection of Nationals Abroad and Humanitarian Intervention: Might or Right?” on 27th of April 2016 was recently published in the Journal International Law Research. The details of the publication and link for access to the full article are as follows:

Solomon E.Salako,"Forcible Protection of Nationals Abroad and Humanitarian Intervention : Might or Right ?"International Law Research,Vol.5,No.1,2016 : 152 - 167.


Publication of papers from the 2014 Centre's Annual Conference in Kritika Kultura 

Publication of a selection of papers from the Centre’s annual conference of 2014, ‘Arts and Conflict’, as a section in the journal Kritika Kultura a peer-reviewed journal of literary, language and cultural studies published by Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. The papers have been edited and introduced by Tutu Centre members Antoinette McKane, Zoe Zontou, Terry Phillips and former member Brian Desmond (now at Chester University).  

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Book release: EU-US Cooperation on Internal Security


Dimitrios Anagnostakis


This book analyses the cooperation between the European Union and the United States on internal security and counter-terrorism since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 
In particular, four areas of cooperation are examined: customs and supply chain security; judicial cooperation (the mutual legal assistance and extradition agreements); law enforcement cooperation (the Europol-US agreements); and the EU-US agreements for the sharing of air passengers’ data (PNR agreements). These cases are analysed through a conceptual framework based on the theories of international regimes, with the data being drawn from an extensive documentary analysis of media sources collected through the 'Nexis' database, official documents, and from 13 semi-structured elite interviews with US and EU officials. The book argues that the EU and the US have established a transatlantic internal security regime based on shared principles, norms, rules, and interests. While at the beginning of this process the EU had a more reactive and passive stance at the later stages both the EU and the US were active in shaping the transatlantic political agenda and negotiations. The book demonstrates how the EU has had a much more proactive role in its relations with the US than has often been assumed in the current literature.
This book will be of much interest to researchers and students of EU policy, foreign policy, international security and IR in general.
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Artists and Migration 1400-1850 Britain, Europe and beyond

Editor(s):Kathrin Wagner, Jessica David and Matej Klemenčič

Cambridge Scholars Publishing



Date of Publication: January 1, 2017

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This volume offers a thematic exploration of the migrant artist’s experience in Europe and its colonies from the early modern period through to the Industrial Revolution. The influence of the transient artist, both on their adoptive country as well as their own oeuvre and native culture, is considered through a collection of essays arranged according to geographic location. The contributions here examine the impetuses behind artistic migrations and the status of the foreign artist at home and abroad through the patterns of patronage, contemporary responses to their work and the preservation of their artistic legacy in domestic and foreign settings. Objects and sites from across the visual arts are considered as evidence of the migrant artist’s experience; talismans of cultural exchange that yielded hybrid artistic styles and disseminated foreign tastes and workshop practices across the globe.

Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary Global Perspectives

Shelley McKeown (Editor), Reeshma Haji (Editor), Neil Ferguson (Editor)

Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (29 Jun. 2016)

ISBN-10: 3319298674

ISBN-13: 978-3319298672

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This volume brings together perspectives on social identity and peace psychology to explore the role that categorization plays in both conflict and peace-building. To do so, it draws leading scholars from across the world in a comprehensive exploration of social identity theory and its application to some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as intrastate conflict, uprising in the middle east, the refugee crisis, global warming,  racism and peace building. A crucial theme of the volume is that social identity theory affects all of us, no matter whether we are currently in a state of conflict or one further along in the peace process.  

The volume is organized into two sections. Section 1 focuses on the development of social identity theory. Grounded in the pioneering work of Dr. Henri Tajfel, section 1 provides the reader with a historical background of the theory, as well as its current developments. Then, section 2 brings together a series of country case studies focusing on issues of identity across five continents.  This section enables cross-cultural comparisons in terms of methodology and findings, and encourages the reader to identify general applications of identity to the understanding of peace as well as applications that may be more relevant in specific contexts. Taken together, these two sections provide a contemporary and diverse account of the state of social identity research in conflict situations and peace psychology today.

 It is evident that any account of peace requires an intricate understanding of identity both as a cause and consequence of conflict, as well as a potential resource to be harnessed in the promotion and maintenance of peace. Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary Global Perspectives aims to help achieve such an understanding and as such is a valuable resource to those studying peace and conflict, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, public policy makers, and all those interested in the ways in which social identity impacts our world.

Irish Literature and the First World War: Culture, Identity and Memory

Irish Literature and the First World War:

Culture, Identity and Memory

Terry Phillips

Peter Lang

ISBN 978-3-0343-1969-0

Date of Publication: December, 2015

Link to the book's webpage here

This book analyses poetry and prose written by combatant and non-combatant Irish writers during the First World War, focusing on key works influenced by Irish, English and European literary traditions. It highlights the complex positions adopted by writers in relation to the international conflict and to Irish debates about nationhood, which resist reduction

to the simple binaries of Unionist/pro-war and Nationalist/anti-war. The book goes on to discuss the literature of the decades following the war, looking at how the conflict was remembered in the two parts of the now divided island, both by individuals and collectively, and investigating the dynamic interrelationship between personal recollection and public memory. In conclusion, the author discusses contemporary literature about the war, which often examines family memory as well as collective memory, and explores its role in the narrative of nationhood, both north and south of the border.

Dr Terry Phillips is an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University and a member of the Desmond Tutu Centre.