The NordMedia conference takes place in Iceland August 11-13, 2011, and the division on Media, Culture and Society will again convene several sessions. Below you find a description of the research agenda of the division.
I will remind you, that the deadline for submission of abstracts is March 25th, 2011.
Please notice that submission of abstracts should be done through the conference’s website (and only through this channel). The website of the conference is here: http://english.unak.is/conferences/page/call_for_papers
I hope to see you in Iceland!
Stig Hjarvard, Professor, Ph.D., Chair of Division
Media, Culture and Society
Chairs: Stig Hjarvard (email@example.com)
Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen
Göran Bolin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professor, Media & Communication Studies, Södertörn University College
The division focuses on the interplay between the media and their cultural and social context. The media have emerged as a central institution of modern society, and other actors and institutions must increasingly accommodate to the logic of the media in order to gain access to the communicative resources that media control. At the same time media, including mobile and interactive media technologies, become integrated into the fabric of the wider culture and society: Work, consumption, politics, family life, religion and many other social and cultural phenomena are transformed by the increased mediatization of modern society at the same time as the media themselves are influenced by cultural and social factors. The development of new social networks, changes in political communication and governance, and the changing relationship between art, culture, and commercial market are important aspect of these new dynamics.
The media perform important rituals in modern society, both by the staging of major media events and through the ritualization of everyday social practices. Media discourses establish political realities and negotiate the social meaning of age, gender, class, and ethnicity, and media have become important vehicles for the reproduction and renewal of lifestyles. The importance of media needs to be considered in the context of other transforming forces of high modernity: globalization, individualization, commercialization etc. The division invites theoretical, historical, methodological, and empirical contributions and it will provide a forum for a renewed dialogue between the social sciences and the humanities.