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  • 2022-10-31

    Greek stories and Scandinavian romance

    Georgia Aitaki has analysed financial crises, striving for international attention and broken hearts in countries far from home.

    With her doctoral thesis ”The Private life of a nation in crisis - A study on the politics in/of Greek television fiction”, Georgia Aitaki, senior lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Karlstad University, examined the Greek TV industry and the mechanisms involving its producers, screenwriters and filmmakers. The thesis is a deep exploration of an industry that rarely affords freedom for those who write and produce TV dramas for the Greek market.

  • 2022-10-11

    The innovative concert experiences of the future

    The music industry spends a lot of resources on creating innovative concert experiences, and the relationship between the musicians and their fans. With the show Abba Voyage, a giant step is taken towards developing and transforming an already digital industry. A project team from Karlstad University has been in London to take a closer look at a hybrid concert experience.

    As a part of the project Music Ecosystems Inner Scandinavia (MECO), Linda Ryan Bengtsson, Jessica Edlom and Jenny Karlsson at Karlstad University have conducted research on fandom in the music industry. Their findings show that streaming platforms and social media play a big part in how musicians communicate with their fans. Digital media formats is a necessity these days, and Abba Voyage is definitely digital.

  • 2022-09-14

    A Warm Welcome to Stijn Reijnders, Visiting Professor at Centre for Geomedia Studies

    Tourism, popular culture and media - Stijn Reijnders has an interdisciplinary approach to examining the role and meaning of locations in popular culture.

    Stijn Reijnders is a full professor of Cultural Heritage, specialised in tourism and popular culture. He is active at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and his research is focused on the intersection of media, culture and tourism. He is currently heading the international research project “Worlds of Imagination”, financed by the European Research Council.

  • 2022-08-10

    Alarmism and optimism in climate communication

    The climate movement groups Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion aim for the same goal while using different methods. Sol Agin, who recently completed her PhD in media and communication studies, has focused her research on their way of communicating about an extremely complicated subject.

    When Swedish people speak up on behalf of the environment, they prefer to do so in the form of peaceful protests inspired by Greta Thunberg’s work with Fridays for Future. Further south in Europe, things can get a bit more heated. The action group Extinction Rebellion aim for the same goal but attracts more hands-on action.

  • 2022-06-08

    Navigating a world of increasingly invisible media

    Have you ever felt frustrated with all the technology surrounding you? You are not alone. In his book Rethinking Communication Geographies, André Jansson, professor of Media and Communication Studies, has compiled his research on a subject that is relevant to our digital everyday lives.

    The school must be notified about sick children. Travel plans must be made. The tax returns must be finished on time. Many of the tasks we face in our everyday lives are done via digital solutions these days, and not all of us are equally well prepared for the ocean of technology we are currently trying to navigate. Some people are constantly frustrated, while others keep up with technology and manage to fight off feelings of resignation.

  • 2022-04-14

    Research projects to localise Sámi walking trails

    The forced displacement of Sámi people in the early 20th century is an unknown subject for many. Richard Ek has been granted research funding to use digital technology to localise the walking trails and develop them into tourist destinations.

    The project is called Sámi Trail of Tears Walking Trail, and aims to examine and prepare walking trail through Northern Sweden’s interior, that will follow the geographical route the displaced Sámi were forced to take in the early 20th century.