Ideology and Society

Contemporary media research attests to the non-neutral roles of media and information technologies, now regarded as prime movers and social and cultural prerequisites for our modern ways of life. More than vehicles of communication and channels of information, media are seen as providers of infrastructural conditions that co-shape our lived environment.

The research in the Media Acts group develops the idea that media are endowed with social and cultural agency, that they form our perspectives on the society we live in, and topics as diverse as gender, terrorism, climate change.


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Ideology and Society projects:

Face of Terror. Understanding Terrorism from the Perspective of Critical Media Aesthetics (2016-2019)

Face of Terror. Understanding Terrorism from the Perspective of Critical Media Aesthetics (2016-2019)

Funded by: Research Council of Norway

This project pursues its aim of understanding terrorism from the perspective of critical media aesthetics by focusing on the face of terror -- a term that goes to the core of the communicative and mediated aspects of terrorism: The face is a primary site of contact with fellow human beings and a contested marker of identity, while in a broader sense it is also a cultural interface that distributes and redistributes visibility and power.

Taking the mediated face as its entry-point, the project investigates the identity work that goes into terrorist acts as well as into the cultural responses to such acts.

Anne Gjelsvik is project leader, Aud Sissel Hoel is co-project leader, and Ingvild Folkvord (NTNU) is core member of the research group, which also has international co-operation. A PhD-position is to be announced.

More information here soon.

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