Martin Marinos has been awarded another fellowship from the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Martin Marinos has been awarded a 2015-2016 Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship and is represented online. Martin is one of 70 fellows selected from a pool of nearly 1000 applicants representing 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study. His dissertation, Post-Socialism, Right-Wing Populism, and the Construction of a (Neo)liberal Media Sphere: Political Discourse and Social Change in Bulgaria explores the post-socialist transformation of media in Southeastern Europe and the emergence of far-right movements. After the collapse of socialism across Eastern Europe, media became the first markers of the changing public sphere. But, the liberalization of the media market along with the expansion of the European Union have not prevented the growth of strong far-right, populist movements both in the West and in the former Eastern bloc. This project investigates this paradox in the EU’s easternmost and poorest region—Bulgaria. Through a multi-method approach that engages with both primary sources in print and interviews with local journalists, politicians, and media experts, the study explains why and how the (neo)liberalization of media had contributed to the proliferation of racist and xenophobic discourse.