W080
Theorising media and social change

Convenors:
Sirpa Tenhunen (University of Helsinki)
Elisenda Ardèvol (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Location:
Salle des thèses B15
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This workshop aims to focus on the empirical and theoretical challenges facing the comparative study of media and social change in the current global scenario of political and economic uncertainty.

Long abstract:

In recent decades media anthropologists have built a substantial ethnographic record on media and social change around the world. However, we have yet to systematically compare and theorise our findings under the rubric of media and social change. This workshop aims to focus on the empirical and theoretical challenges facing the comparative study of media and social change in the current global scenario of political and economic uncertainty. Paper presenters are invited to address one or more of the following questions: * What do we actually know and don't know about media and social change? * What are the strengths and limitations of existing theories of media and/or social change? * What are the key questions in need of further research and theorisation? * How useful are concepts such as mediatisation, media practices, polymedia, or mediaspace? * How can we integrate the diachronic and synchronic dimensions present in any process of mediated change? This workshop is part of the recently launched Media and Social Change research initiative (http://mediasocialchange.net), EASA Media Anthropology Network. It is envisaged that the workshop will lead to an edited volume provisionally titled Theorising Media and Social Change and to bids for European research network funding.