February - March 2020, Södertörn University and Örebro University
The main goal of the course is to make PhD students familiar with key paradigms in media and communication research during the 20th century; to deepen understanding of the contexts and debates from which these traditions have emerged and developed; and to evaluate their relevance to contemporary media landscapes and communication practices.
The course includes two intense two-day sessions, one at Södertörn University and one at Örebro University. These sessions will present the following themes and traditions: historical perspectives on the media (mass communication, Uses & Gratification theory, medium theory); political economy; structuralism/poststructuralism; critical theory/Frankfurt school; public sphere theory; cultural studies (and media audiences); discourse and social change; mediated communication as social interaction. Reading lists will in each case highlight “classic” texts; lectures/seminars will further illuminate their scientific traditions and societal contexts, and discuss their implications in relation to contemporary agendas. Examination includes participation at the lectures and seminars as well as a written essay, that will be distributed and discussed among participants at the third, concluding session, coinciding with TRAIN’s summit in Uppsala.
The course is convened by Stina Bengtsson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Göran Eriksson (email@example.com). Lecturers involve scholars from the universities of Södertörn, Gothenburg and Örebro. The course is open to all PhD candidates in media and communication studies affiliated with a university within the TRAIN-network. Questions regarding the course and its outline can be sent to Stina or Göran.
Last day for registration is December 17th. For registration - see link below: https://www.oru.se/english/study/doctoral-education/doctoral-courses/humus/classics-of-media-research/
Course overview; Classics of Media Research
Contact at Södertörn University: Stina Bengtsson