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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.

Information on the cross-cutting research theme ‘Kinship, Gender and Social Hierarchies’

Kinship and gender are powerful indicators of social place, but also social binding agents. How are individuals and groups assigned a social place? How are social hierarchies and differences, or support networks, created by the production of kinship and gender identities? Attention will be paid to the role of experts and knowledge, to practices ‘from below’, and the negotiation and strengthening of norms by situative performances. This will involve a dialogue with new methods and theories from other disciplines such as ethnography and gender studies. Both gender and kinship are here understood as multi-relational, in the sense of intersectionality.