New PhD course in media ethnography
via Ørecomm site
by Admin on 19 January 2010
A PhD course on Media Ethnography: Theory and Practice will be held at Pappersbruket, near Osby in south Sweden, 9-11 June 2010.
Among the confirmed speakers are:
- Jo Helle-Valle, Nat’l Institute for Consumer Research, Oslo, Norway
- Debra Spitulnik, Emory University, USA
- Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University/Ørecomm, Denmark
This course is designed to introduce PhD students to the theory and practice of media ethnography. We explore how media ethnography applies to both media production and media reception, and how it is fundamentally both a theory and a method for investigating everyday practices and lived experiences as they are shaped by culturally-specific ways of being-in-the world. Media to be considered include: television, film, radio, newspapers, and new media. The course will begin with a brief overview of the history of ethnographic approaches within media studies and cultural studies, which dates back to the mid 1980s. We then engage more recent scholarship within media anthropology, focusing specifically on three dimensions of ethnography:
- as fieldwork method;
- as anthropological lens, and
- as a method of writing and re-presentation.
The course is organised by the Danish National Research School for Media, Communication, and Journalism (FMKJ). Detailed information will soon be available at the FMKJ website.