The Researching and Teaching Communication Series

Communication as the Intersection of the Old and the New: The Intellectual Work of the 2018 European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School

by Maria Francesca Murru, Fausto Colombo, Laura Peja, et al. (eds.) (2019))

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This book, the fourteenth in the Researching and Teaching Communication Book Series launched in 2006, stems from the communal intellectual work of the lecturers, the students and the alumni of the 2018 edition of the European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School (SuSo).

The book gives an account of the plurality of research interests and analytical perspectives that the SuSo community values as its main asset. What was especially apparent in this year’s cluster of contributions is that our field of study integrates a wide variety of media technologies (ranging from old to new), demonstrating that contemporary societies are not characterized by the replacement of technologies, but by the always unique articulations, integrations and intersections of old and new. The book is structured in four sections: 1) Theories and Concepts 2) Media and the Construction of Social Reality 3) Mediatizations 4) Media, Health and Sociability.

Contributors are: Fatoş Adiloğlu, Magnus Andersson, Nico Carpentier, Xu Chen, Vaia Doudaki, Edgard Eeckman, Timo Harjuniemi, Kari Karppinen, Alyona Khaptsova, Ludmila Lupinacci, Fatma Nazlı Köksal, Ondrej Pekacek, Michael Skey, Piia Tammpuu, Ruben Vandenplas, Konstanze Wegmann and Karsten D. Wolf. The book additionally contains abstracts of the doctoral projects that were discussed at the 2018 European Media Communication Doctoral Summer School.

The book was published by edition lumière, Bremen ( The book is a part of the Researching and Teaching Communication Series, edited by Nico Carpentier and Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt (see The publishing of this book was supported by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).



Introduction: Communication as the intersection of the old and the new
   / Maria Francesca Murru, Laura Peja, Simone Tosoni, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Nico Carpentier


SECTION ONE: Theories and concepts

What kinds of normative theories do we need? Ideal and non-ideal theories in communication research
   / Kari Karppinen

Friends, not foes: Integrating structuralist and agentic perspectives on media consumption
   / Alyona Khaptsova, Ruben Vandenplas

The rise of the alternative: Critical usefulness of the "Alternative Media" notion in the Czech context
   / Ondrej Pekacek

"The closest thing to teleportation": The concept of liveness in the age of connectivity
   / Ludmila Lupinacci

Crisis of liberal democracy, crisis of journalism? Learning from the economic crisis
   / Timo Harjuniemi

SECTION TWO: Media and the construction of social reality

The construction of the homeless in the Greek street paper shedia
   / Vaia Doudaki, Nico Carpentier

Mediation and place: The sharpening and weakening of boundaries
   / Magnus Andersson

"Yay! I am officially an #estonian #eResident!" Representations of Estonian e-residency as a novel kind of state-related status and affiliation on Twitter
   / Piia Tammpuu

SECTION THREE: Mediatizations

Situational analysis as a research method for the reconstruction of communicative figurations
   / Karsten D. Wolf, Konstanze Wegmann

Football and mediatization: A serious academic pursuit or just scholars playing silly games?
   / Michael Skey

SECTION FOUR: Media, health and sociability

Tradition and the digital: A study of dating attitudes among Australia-based Chinese dating app users
   / Xu Chen

Visual matters in health communication: A systematic review
   / Fatma Nazlı Köksal, Fatoş Adiloğlu

Power to the patient? Studying the balance of power between patient and GP in relation to Web health information
   / Edgard Eeckman


Project abstracts presented at the SuSo


Communication as the Intersection of the Old and the New:
The Intellectual Work of the 2018 European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School.
Ed. by Maria Francesca Murru, Fausto Colombo, Laura Peja, Simone Tosoni, Richard Kilborn, Risto Kunelius, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Leif Kramp, Nico Carpentier.
Bremen: edition Lumière, 2019, 223 p.
(The Researching and Teaching Communication Series, [14.]).
ISBN 9783948077037
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