European Culture and the Media – University of Copenhagen

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European Culture and the Media

Research focus

This research group explores the cultural and social contours of contemporary Europe, its origin and current transformation. Among the issues of focus is the categorization, from a historical and comparative perspective, of factors driving social and cultural transformation in terms of Europeanisation and/or globalisation and how these processes have shaped cultural representations and social identification of the Europeans. Another issue is, from a comparative perspective of contemporary European societies, to describe accelerated social and cultural change with regard to increased ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, cross-border interactions, multi-lingualism, mobility and globalised media technology and consumption. The thematic focus will be on cultural expressions and exchanges among the Europeans, processes of media production, diffusion and reception in a European-transnational context and the impact of media policies and regulations. A thematic focus can be, for instance the arts and European cinema, but also everyday cultural encounters and forms of exchange like leisure, tourism, football, popular music or television. A last issue is to identify opportunities for social re-organisation, new forms of media policies and regulation, including the question how these new cultural and media practices shape attitudes and identities of the Europeans.

Purpose of the research group

The research group sets out several aims:

  • Understanding the emergence of European cultures, the unity and diversity of European identities, civilisations and public spheres
  • Understand the conflict lines in contemporary Europe, social and cultural cleavages
  • Developing methodological skills for the comparison of national cultures and societies, finding relevant data sources and interpreting quantitative and qualitative indicators
  • Assessing the scope of inter-media and intercultural communication and its effects
  • Understand the effects of social transnationalism as measured in everyday interactions of the Europeans
  • Understand recent developments of European society, culture and the media, with a particular emphasis on popular culture, the internet and the use of digital technologies
  • Exploring areas of actual and potential threats to media freedom and pluralism (and the potential responses) in Europe

Activities 

You can find upcoming and past events of the research group here.

Coordinators

Hans-Jörg Trenz, Professor Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen (trenz@hum.ku.dk)
Krzysztof Stala, Associate Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (stala@hum.ku.dk) 

For questions regarding activities or membership of the research group, contact the group's coordinators.

Research group members

You can find members of the group here.