Section of Media Studies studies the role of media in culture, politics and society, including the social and cultural changes brought about by the commercialization, globalization and digitalization of media.
We are particularly interested in topics such as media and power, media and popular culture, news and journalism, social media, communication across platforms, visual communication, science communication, political communication, and media policy and regulation.
Section of Media Studies brings together scholars from the humanities and the social sciences who share an interest in theoretical approaches such as mediatization, datafication and individualization. Empirically we apply both quantitative and qualitative methods as well as current and historical perspectives. Section members especially teach at the BA-, MA- and elective programs in Film and Media Studies.
Key research areas at Section of Media Studies are:
- Media and popular culture, including the role of media in the negotiation of cultural value and the boundaries of high/popular culture. We are interested in the production of popular culture and the wider circulation of images, values, attitudes and cultural practices among media users and audiences, including cultural phenomena such as celebrities, fan communities, children and young people’s media practices, ageing and lifestyle.
- News and journalism across platforms, including the interplay of news media and social media in cultural production and political opinion making. We are interested in changing conceptions of media professionals and citizens in the creation, circulation and consumption of media content and visual communication on a day-to-day basis and in times of crisis. We engage with topics spanning the hard/soft news divide and with media content within and beyond traditional genre conventions.
- Media, politics and democracy, including current changes to political communication, the public sphere and democracy, such as the challenges and opportunities pertaining to the empowerment and fragmentation of audiences, polarization and radicalization of opinion, and the rethinking of media content and journalism in view of misinformation and disinformation. The research group collects comparative insights about the magnitude of these challenges and opportunities, discusses practical solutions and feeds them into public and political debates.
- Media policy and regulation, including institutional and organisational perspectives. The research group studies the media’s changing technological, institutional and financial conditions and how such changed value chains influence media production, distribution and use. This research aims to contribute to current media policy debates and media policy-making, which increasingly requires evidence-based research.
From Ivory Tower to Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture
Funding: Danish Research Council for Independent Research: Culture and Communication (FKK)
Ends: 31 August 2019
Contact: Nete Nørgaard Kristensen
|Christensen, Christa Lykke||Associate professor||+45 353-28116|
|Hjarvard, Stig||Professor||+45 353-28113|
|Horst, Maja||Professor||+45 353-28853|
|Jerslev, Anne||Professor||+45 353-28111|
|Johansen, Mikkel Bækby||PhD fellow||+45 353-32356|
|Kristensen, Nete Nørgaard||Professor||+45 353-29361|
|Mortensen, Mette||Professor||+45 353-29181|
|Skytte, Maria Mørch Brinkmann||PhD fellow||+45 353-34207|
|Søndergaard, Henrik||Associate professor||+45 353-28128|
|Sükösd, Miklós Áron||Associate professor||+45 353-31324|
|Trenz, Hans-Jörg||Professor||+45 353-28160|