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 In Focus

Media and Communication

Published 2001-01-06


In 2004 Professor Birgitta Höijer, Department of Humanities, Örebro University started a STINT Institutional Grant supported project, cooperating with Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London and Film and Media Studies at Copenhagen University. The project links these disciplinary milieus and has received an annual funding of SEK 150 000.

This collaboration started already in 2003 when a group of senior researchers and doctorial students from Örebro University visited Goldsmiths University in London for a joint two day long workshop in media- and communication. It was successful and the parties decided to find ways of developing a more long-term institutional collaboration in higher education and research. We further agreed that we wanted to include the Department of Film- and Media studies at Copenhagen University with which we partly have research interests in common but where we also could find valuable complementing expertise and knowledge. A program for a three parties institutional exchange including professor David Morley at Goldsmiths University and professor Stig Hjarvard at Copenhagen University then received funding from STINT.

Department of Media- and Communication at Oslo University has then joined the program and is now taking part in the exchange with professor Terje Rasmussen being the co-coordinator. The expenses for this participation are fully covered by Oslo University.

PhD students, post docs and senior researchers benefit from the institutional exchange in several ways.

Via yearly workshops doctorial students and young senior researchers are trained in scientific thinking and in English as international scientific language. They are trained in writing and in orally presenting and discussing their ongoing research projects, theoretical perspectives and methodology at high scientific level.

The scientific expertise available for PhD students is broadened as they are given opportunities for cross-institutional doctorial supervision.

Mobility at PhD and post-doc level is increased by the opportunities for visiting and stays in internationally successful research- and teaching environments.

It gives young scholars opportunities to meet, listen to and discuss with well-known researchers and establish valuable research contacts for the future.

Three workshops have been run so far. In September 2004 a two day long workshop on “Media Convergence” took place at Örebro University. Lectures were given on theoretical and conceptual matters by four leading senior researchers, and a number of doctorial students from the different institutional milieus made presentations in relation to the topic. In May 2005 a similar workshop were held at Copenhagen University on the topic “Public Spheres in the Age of Media Transformation and Convergence”. A large number of projects were presented and discussed organised under six sub-themes. An evaluation at the end of the workshop concluded that it had been most valuable, stimulated and widened the horizons for the participants. Not least the doctorial students expressed strong satisfaction with having comments on their projects from academic milieus with different expertise. A mailing list was set up for future contacts. To some part the same PhD students have participated and they now feel comfortable in giving scientific presentations in English and discussing their work with international colleagues and professors. In April 2006 the third workshop was held, this time at Oslo University.

At the individual level there also has been an institutional exchange. One of the PhD students from Örebro University visited Goldsmiths University for a month, took part in seminars and discussed her work with professor David Morley and professor Angela Mc Robbie, among others. A PhD student from Goldsmiths has also visited Örebro University for a month, took part in seminars, gave seminars and discussed the thesis work with the researchers.

Both the common and the complementary research interests and perspectives of the four different research and educational milieus of the institutional exchange have deepened and widened the knowledge and the theoretical and methodological thinking. During our joint discussions new ideas have come up and new contacts have been established.

Birgitta Höijer
Department of Humanities
Örebro University

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