Research projects media and communication studies
Current/Ongoing Externally-Funded Projects in Media and Communication.
BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds
Being able to easily and quickly identify yourself, for example using your fingerprint, face or eye is an increasingly common technology. The technology implemented when using our body to log in is called biometrics. Biometric artificial intelligence is based on identifying a person by their body or behaviour. This technology not only raises questions about privacy and security, but also about the existential challenges and ethical issues that it poses.
Immigration and the Normalization of Racism: Discursive Shifts in Swedish Politics and Media 2010-22
The project examines the process of normalization of racism in the Swedish public sphere by looking at trajectories of Swedish political and media discourse. The study covers the period 2010-22 of a significant change in Swedish public language on immigration in the context of ongoing socio-political change including the growth of right-wing populism.
Interactive Racism in Swedish Online Media, Press and Politics: Discourses on Immigration and Refugees at Times of Crisis
The overall aim of this research project is to analyse how contemporary racism and xenophobia are moulded in public, including online, discourses on immigration and refugees. As its central object of research, the project will look into how and why racist views become particularly widespread in Sweden at times of socio-political “crises” and how online racism interacts thereby with migration-related opinion journalism and discourses of political actors.
The project "Measuring mediatisation" focuses on media reliance in everyday life, and how this can be measured. The project contributes with a longitudinal study of mediatisation as a process of social change which evolves differently in different spheres of society. Will new apps and place-based services make basic human realms such as love, work and health more reliant on media technology? How important will various media be for how people make their ways through local and global social contexts? How does the trend of "digital disconnection" impact the ways in which mediatisation evolves in society and our lives?
Navigating visibility in contexts of state-sanctioned homophobia: development actors and LGBTQ rights defenders in Uganda and Russia
The purpose of the project is to understand how visibility strategies and visibility management shape the agency of LGBTQ rights defenders in contexts of state-sanctioned homophobia, as well as examine how development partners (un)intentionally influence visibility practices through rhetoric and funding preferences.
Strategic Communication and Organizing in the Scandinavian Higher Education Sector: Towards the Promotional University?
The aim of the project is, by means of qualitative research methods, to develop knowledge about the challenges, tensions and pressures shaped by the proliferation of strategic communication in Scandinavian higher education institutions. The project takes its point of departure in the Scandinavian context, and it is structured into three sub-studies: the development of communicational strategies, plans and activities; professional ideals embedded in the production of promotional material; and multimodal content produced by universities.
TROPHY: Managing the Digital Transformation of Physical Space
This project aims to understand the inherent values of the physical and the digital, by considering the physical and digital as building blocks that shape interactions between human actors and their spatial conditions. The aim is to provide a more elaborate understanding of factors that condition successful organisational interaction at the intersection of digital and physical space.