Anne Kaun

Anne Kaun


Programme Coordinator

I am professor in media and communication studies. My research interests include media activism, media practices, algorithms, automation and artificial intelligence

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I am mainly interested in how media technologies enable and constrain organization and mobilization within social and protest movements in terms of temporality and spatiality. In earlier projects, I have investigated media practices of protest movements such as the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy Stockholm and Occupy Latvia. I am particularly interested in how media technologies changed practices and tactics of the movements over time.

I have conducted my research in the USA (as a visiting Postdoc at the Annenberg School for Communication) and Europe (mainly Sweden and Latvia). Besides my interest in political mobilization I have been engaging with the notion of media memories and their changing nature in the context of social media such as Facebook. Is the way we remember changing fundamentally since we are doing it online, in connection with others and in public? And what are commercial platforms offering and suppressing when it comes media memories?


I hold a Magister degree in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Leipzig as well as a degree in European Studies from the Technical University of Kaliningrad. In June 2012 I received a PhD from University of Örebro in cooperation with Södertörn University (title: Civic Experiences and Public Connection. Media and Young People in Estonia), Committee: Peter Lunt (Chair), Andre Jansson, Cecilia von Feilitzen, Annett Hill. My supervisors were Staffan Ericson (Södertörn University) and Mats Ekström (University of Gothenburg). In 2010 I was an associate research student at Goldsmiths College, University of London (supervised by Nick Couldry).

In 2013-2015 I was a visiting post-doc at the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania). My post-doc project concerned historical forms of media participation that emerged in the context of moments of crisis. Currently, I am working in a collaborative project on Narratives of Europe.

In November 2014 I was elected as the Vice-Chair of the Communication and Democracy Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Between 2013 and 2015, I have been the Student Board Member of the International Communication Association (ICA). Since summer 2017 I act as the vice-chair of the interest group on Activism, Communication and Social Justice within the ICA.

I am also part of the editorial bord of Kris och Kritik and Moment Journal - a bilingual open access journal with a focus on cultural studies.


Medialisering av kultur och vardagslivet – funded by Riksbankens jubilieumsfond

Digital Activism in China, Russia and Scandinavia – funded by STINT

Memory and Media Research Network – funded by the German Research Council

Research Interest

Social Movements, Protest Movements, Digital Media Activism, Social Media, Media Experiences, Audience Studies, Qualitative Research, Political and Civic Engagement, Mediated Citizenship, Media Memories


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