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[ecrea] CFC - Dynamics of Mediatization

Mon Jul 13 17:22:34 GMT 2015





Mediatization studies examine a wide range of dynamics of media-related
transformations. These dynamics vary in form and they have been studied
using different conceptual vocabularies. Examples of dynamics are
media-related changes in the organization and operations of
institutions, shifting power relations, changes in social relationships
and interactions, and new ways to explore (self-)representations and to
express identities.

One important strand of research into these dynamics has concentrated on
the ways different institutions in society have been influenced and even
reshaped by media logics (be they mass media, new media or social media
logics). Others have looked at a more interactional level and changes in
media-related practices of agents, for example, while still others have
found inspiration in social theory to suggest that Elias’ figurational
sociology offers a way forward to study dynamics of mediatization

What all of these approaches have in common is a strong ambition to
study social change in relation to the media as a complex and long-term
process that accounts for a variety of dynamics of which the media are
an important but only one element. Building on these insights, we invite
proposals for book chapters that further advance our understanding of
mediatization’s dynamics, in particular in the following areas:

1) Grasping dynamics of mediatization:

For this theme we welcome chapters that critically discuss theoretical
and methodological challenges for the empirical study of mediatization’s
dynamics. For example, how can we bring the different approaches
mentioned above into a closer dialogue so that we can fully grasp
mediatization as a general and long-term process of modernity? What can
mediatization studies learn from scholarship in media history for
longitudinal analyses of social change? What difference does
mediatization make for historical accounts of media-related social change?

2) Studying dynamics of mediatization in relation to other long-term

Mediatization is a long-term process that obviously does not occur in
isolation. Yet relatively little attention has been paid to the
interaction or interrelations of its dynamics with other long-term
structural processes, such as globalization, personalization,
celebritization, secularization, commercialization or politicization.
How exactly do dynamics of mediatization relate to these other
processes, and have certain changes been too easily ascribed to only
mediatization? Conversely, how can we revise those sociological studies
that have ignored media and communication in their analyses of social
change? What insights can we gain from comparative research (in time,
space or particular fields) to examine these questions?

3) Analysing dynamics of mediatization in specific fields and contexts:

In relation to the last point, much more empirical research is needed in
a variety of fields and areas of life. Each of these social domains has
their own dynamics which might be driving forces for media-related
dynamics, but they might also be in conflict with them. Herein also lies
a huge opportunity for interdisciplinary research by collaborating with
specialists in those fields (e.g. law, sexology, governance, economics,
medicine, criminology and anthropology). What do we learn about the
specific modes, speed and characteristics of mediatization by looking at
different fields and different contexts (e.g. in the Global South)? What
characteristics of agents and fields have what particular effects on the
extent to or ways in which mediatization does (not) take place?

The volume will be edited by the management team of ECREA’s Temporary
Working Group Mediatization ( Stig Hjarvard
(chair), Gӧran Bolin (co-chair), Andreas Hepp (co-chair) and Olivier
Driessens (YECREA-representative).

1000-word proposals for theoretical and/or empirical chapters with a
clear focus on socio-cultural changes in relation to media and
communication can be sent to Olivier Driessens. Please use
(o.driessens /at/ if submitting before 1 September and
(od252 /at/ if submitting after 1 September.

Deadline: 5pm 30 October 2015

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of December. Authors
will then have 6 months to submit their full chapters.

Informal queries can be emailed to members of the management team:

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