Mediatisation of culture and everyday life

The sector committee for 'mediatisation of culture and everyday life' began work in 2012. In ever more contexts, our growing dependence on communication media is clearly a crucial factor underlying definitive changes in our society and culture.

All forms of media can be described as 'social', but social media and user-generated web content indicate that digital media are now everyday phenomena in an unprecedented sense. Media are simply the stuff of ordinary life. This far-reaching 'mediatisation' has radically transformed individual and socio-political power relationships, behaviour, values, media professions, interaction between media institutions and other bodies, and various forms of aesthetic expression.

Mediatisation and its sociopolitical effects are often noted. The importance of media is said, for instance, to be expanding over time, with various forms of media influence presumably featuring ever more prominently in proliferating institutional and social contexts. The mediatisation of politics is one manifestation, that of religion another; but the notion of mediatis¬ation has other cultural and everyday aspects that have not yet been researched as much as the changing nature of politics and other institutions in society. Cultural forms of mediatisation have been accentuated by the impact of digital media, but may also be traced far back in the history of communication, especially outside the established media institutions.

The new sector committee investigates mediatisation as a pervasive cultural and social phenomenon that permeates many levels of life. In the past few years, in Sweden and abroad, growing interest in mediatisation issues in a broad sense has been evident — both within and outside the academic research context. Ever more attention is devoted to associated themes in projects, conferences and networks that involve researchers in various disciplines but are also debated in the worlds of media, culture and politics to a singularly high degree.

Functions of the sector committee

The new committee focuses on interdisciplinary, boundary-crossing studies of how media interface with other spheres of cultural and everyday life. The committee can help bring about further development of cultural research on mediatisation. It seeks to promote academic discussion of mediatisation processes; survey research needs and foster new research; respond to interests and experience in the media and cultural spheres; bring about extensive, in-depth initiatives to generate synergies among academic fields; serve as a platform between researchers and representatives of cultural life, the media sector and politics; and forge contacts with cutting-edge Nordic and international experts in the area.

Committee members

Dr Göran Blomqvist, Cief Executive of RJ (Chair)
Professor André Jansson, Karlstad University
Professor Anne Jerslev, University of Copenhagen
Professor Mats Ekström, University of Gothenburg
Professor Johan Fornäs, Södertörn university
Head of Research Pelle Snickars, National Library of Sweden, Stockholm
Ms Eva Swartz Grimaldi, board member in SVT, Nobel Media and Stockholm Concert Hall Foundation
Ms Tina Ehn, MP (Green Party)
Ms Ulrika Knutson, journalist, former Chair of the Swedish National Press Club
Research Secretary Maria Wikse (RJ)