Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för mediestudier, JMK
Onsdagen 17 april, kl 15:00-17:00
Karlavägen 104, 4:e våning,  JMK-salen

Miyase Christensen, Professor of Media and Communication Studies
"Media from Climate Change to Global Unrest"

Christian Christensen, Professor of Journalism
"Failed Journalism and the Rise of WikiLeaks, Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street"

Anders Mellbourn, Adj. Professor, Head of Department
"Den bildade journalisten"

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Miyase Christensen

Professor of Media and Communication Studies

”Media from Climate Change to Global Unrest”

A number of events witnessed over the past decade have been discussed extensively in relation to the role of the media. In this talk, taking two such historic phenomena— Arctic sea-ice minima and global protest movements—as the basis, I first offer specific reflections and conceptual considerations on the significance of media and mediation. I then link these considerations to how the media and media research have responded to these developments, particularly the question of digitalization in the case of protest movements. To begin with climate change, the Arctic sea-ice reached record lows in 2007, and again 2012 as indicated by satellite imagery. In the international news media, these moments were reflected via such striking images of polar bears, crumbling ice chunks and the use of more alarmist metaphors about global climate change after decades of “neutral” reporting which disregarded overwhelming scientific consensus over climate change. Starting in 2011, protests in Cairo, New York, London and Athens (e.g. the Arab Spring and OWS) have drawn significant media attention, with a great volume of stories highlighting the role of online and mobile media technologies. Similarly, a significant portion of scholarly literature (going back to the post-election protests of 2009 in Iran) focuses on the role of individualized technology and social media in the organization and execution of social movements. I argue that both the media and scholarship produced within the tradition of media and communication studies often pay inadequate (or no) attention to structure and context and regard events such as protest movements as if they take place in a social void.

Miyase C

Miyase Christensen is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University and Guest Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Technology, Science and the Environment, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She is an editor of Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture and the Chair of the Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division of ICA. Christensen obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Christensen’s research focuses, from a social theory perspective, on globalization processes and social change; technology, culture and identity; and, politics of popular communication. Christensen's latest edited books include Online Territories: Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space  (2011, Peter Lang); Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change: When the Ice Breaks (in-print, Palgrave Macmillan); Media, Surveillance and Identity (in-print, Peter Lang); and, Understanding Media and Culture in Turkey: Structures, Spaces, Voices (in-print, Routledge). She is the author of Connecting Europe (Ist. Bilgi University Press). Christensen is currently conducting funded projects including “Cosmopolitanism from the Margins: Mediations of Expressivity, Social Space and Cultural Citizenship” and working on a co-authored monograph entitled Cosmopolitanism and the Media: Cartographies of Change (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan).

Christian Christensen

Professor of Journalism

"Failed Journalism and the Rise of WikiLeaks, Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street"

Over the past decade, a significant volume of scholarly research has been devoted to the impact of new technologies upon the profession of journalism (mirrored also by popular discussions of the same topic). During this 10-year period we have also witnessed the rise of collabortive activist groups such as WikiLeaks and Anonymous, which have both provided data exposing war crimes and corporate and political corruption used by large-scale news organizations, and – as in the case of Anonymous – begun to branch out into news distribution itself. While a focus on the role of technology is important, such a focus does not address why these groups have emerged, and how their emergence can be connected to the performance of mainstream journalism. In this talk, I would like to suggest that WikiLeaks, Anonymous (and large-scale activist movements such as Occupy Wall Street) should be seen in relation to a failure of global mainstream journalism to critically engage with issues such as post-9/11 geo-politics, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the global financial crisis. In other words, that these groups have filled a vacuum left by large-scale commercial media.

Christian C

Christian Christensen is Professor of Journalism in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Christensen’s research focuses upon the relationship between media and power: be it economic, political or military. Having started his research career looking at news and journalism (in Sweden, the US, UK and Turkey) , he has expanded his work to include the use of social media during times of warfare, as well as how governments and activist organizations such as WikiLeaks have begun to harness tools such as Twitter for the purposes of information distribution. Within these contexts, his work has also addressed freedom of speech and journalism in Turkey, the representation of Islam in the international media, as well the use of documentary film in the expression of anti-war sentiment.

Anders Mellbourn

Adj. Professor, Prefekt vid Institutionen för mediestudier

”Den bildade journalisten”

Anders Mellbourn kommer kort att framföra några tankar om journalistisk kvalitet, behovet av "bildade" journalister och hur vår utbildning kan bidra till den bildningen. Anförandet kommer delvis att anknyta till hans debattartikel på SvD Brännpunkt i mars.

Anders Mellbourn

Anders Mellbourn är Docent i statsvetenskap vid SU, tidigare adj professor vid högskolan i Halmstad och gästprofessor på Södertörns högskola. Han har arbetat 30 år som journalist, merparten på Dagens Nyheter, de sista åren som chefredaktör och ansvarig utgivare.