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Completed PhD Projects

Mediatized Parenthood in the Transition to Family Life

Maja Sonne Damkjær, Completed 2017


My PhD project (2012-) Mediatized parenthood studies the role of internet media in the transition to parenthood. Today's parents have access to counseling and communication resources with a volume, speed, and scope that is unprecedented in history, and social media provide vast new opportunities for displaying family life. My project aims to elucidate mediatized parenthood through an examination of how internet media and interactive mobile technologies are intertwined with the first formative phase of parenthood. I study how Danish first-time parents use internet media in their new social roles as parents, where and how parenthood practices and media practices intersect, and the key characteristics of this increasingly mediatized life transition.

Project affiliation: http://mediatization.ku.dk

Before 2015

Lise Dilling-Hansen

My Artpop Could Mean Anything - an investigation of the gender and body performances of Lady Gaga and how they are interpreted and negotiated by her fans
Lise Dilling-Hansen, completed 2015

My PhD project investigates the gender and body performances of Lady Gaga and how they are interpreted and negotiated by her fans. In the examination of the relation between Gaga and her fans, the use of social media (both from Gaga and the fans) is an important factor in how (an impression of) an intimate and personal relation is created online as well as offline.

Janne Nielsen

Media as school. A historical study of the learning audience as seen in cross media educational formats by DR
Janne Nielsen, completed 2014

My PhD project studies cross media educational formats and the phenomenon of"media as school" in a historical perspective. Using theories and methods relating to media theory, media history and textual analysis, educational formats created and published by the Danish public service broadcaster DR are analysed. The analysis centres on the conceptualization of the learning audience and on the cross media interplay.

Gameplay Corporeality: the corporeal-locomotive dimension in gameplay activity and experience
Rikke Toft Nørgaard, completed 2012

The thesis introduces the gameplayer’s bodily activity and experience as a significant, qualitative and meaningful dimension into game studies. This is done through investigating corporeal locomotion during gameplay, i.e. the gameplayer’s bodily activity and experience, in longitudinal empirical studies, across a variety of digital games and platforms, of gameplayers in gameplay.

Human rights in the information society
Rikke Frank Jørgensen, completed 2012

My research adresses two main questions. First, how ICT generally, and the internet specifically, may be used by civil society to pursue social change. Second, how various conceptualizations (metaphors) of the internet inform internet policy negotiations.

Stine Lomborg

Social media. A genre perspective
Stine Lomborg, completed 2011

In my PhD thesis I develop a genre-based framework for conceptualising and analysing how users engage with social media in everyday life. I discuss the changing relationship between producer, text and media user, and present detailed analyses of user engagement with personal blogs and Twitter as platforms of sociality in everyday life.

Blogging in Organisations
Annette Agerdal-Hjermind, completed 2010

The PhD project reports findings from a qualitative investigation of the usage of blogs within organizations.

Internet Communication and Organic Research Network
- Transnational Science Communication and Scientific Knowledge Sharing in the Network Society.
Signe Poulsen, completed 2009

The project was funded by the Danish Research Center for Organic Farming (FØJO), The National Research School of Media, Communication and Journalism and the University of Aarhus.

Civil religious justification of the war on terror - the ultimate sacrifice in military blogging
Morten Brænder, completed 2009

In my PhD which I defended in December 2009, I used military blogs, written by american soldiers from Irak, as a source to the personnel's motivation, and to examine whether a national, or civil religious dimension is central in this motivation. I have presented my work in a number of different contexts, including at The Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, and at the Danish Institute for Military Studies. In my present research project, Why they serve , I compare the motivation of soldiers, humanitarian aid workers and private military contractors.

Multimediality – media in concert ("Flermedialitet - medier i samspil")
Anja Bechmann Petersen, completed 2009

The project will contribute to a definition of the concept of multimediality using the perspectives of media theory. Theories of the specificity of the various media contribute to an analysis of individual media: newspaper, radio, TV, internet, iPod, and cell phone.

Vidar Falkenberg

The history of internet newspapers
Vidar Falkenberg, completed 2009

The project includes an historical analysis of internet newspapers in order to determine their defining characteristics. The project examines these characteristics on the levels of media, content, and form, and examines the relationship between internet newspapers and conventional printed newspapers. The project is funded by the State and University Library, The National Research School of Media, Communication and Journalism, and the University of Aarhus.

The mediation of art in the network society: an investigation of the practice of digital display and interpretation
Sophie Warberg Løssing, completed 2008

The primary aim of the project is to analyse and discuss how established art museums and the digital art world exploit the internet in order to present works of art. This analysis leads to a discussion of the network society’s influence on the relationship between museum, the conventions of display, and the art public.

Knowledge in the digital era — media transformations and the cultural archive
Rune Dalgaard, completed 2005