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Information on the cross-cutting research theme ‘Processes of Medialization’

We understand ‘medialization’ to refer to the way in which spaces of communication become increasingly dense and interlinked, but also to the expansion of medial ensembles, and the increasing pressure for other social sectors to conform to the conditions imposed by the media. This theme addresses the following central questions: how do processes of medialization change social and economic, scientific and scholarly, everyday and political practices? How does medialization change the spaces and practices of knowledge, the negotiation of identities, the representation of interests, and the exercise of power in popular culture and the cultures of experts? In focussing on medialization processes, we aim to consider textual and oral as well as visual and audiovisual media which serve as means of transmitting messages to a public. We aim to explore the ways in which various media intersect, and include the global, transregional, and local dimensions of the process.