Mediatization has become a key concept in media and communication research, and is by some scholars regarded as one of the four metaprocesses that shapes modernity along with globalization, individualization and commercialization. In general, the concept focuses on how media - in our increasingly media saturated society - intervenes in, changes and sometimes substitutes social institutions. Mediatization challenges traditional theories of media effects or impacts by taking richly contextualized, historical processes as the point of departure. Its ambition is to explore and increase our understanding of how media transform family life, education, professions, politics, religion and other significant areas of social existence.
The aim of the PhD course is to clarify the meaning of the concept, discuss its potential for renewing media research as well as other research areas, and present empirical research that illuminates the functionality of the concept.
Application deadline: February 20th 2012