The research group analyses current and historical political questions relevant to culture, media and ICTs, conceptualised through its consequences for the democratic public sphere. Members of the group investigate media digitalisation processes, public service broadcasting, the cultural field, media policy and media economy, and the magazine press. Among the group's activities are both research projects and PhD projects.
There is currently one PhD project affiliated with the research group. Torgeir Uberg Nærland analyses the impact of music on political opinion formation in the public sphere. By combining theoretical perspectives from public sphere theory and the sociology of music with empirical studies of aesthetical practice in musical genres the aim of his project is to explore which role music play in relation to democratic processes such as deliberation and the formation of opinion.
Activities in the MIC-group
The Media, ICT and Cultural Policy Research Group (MIC) holds regular seminars, collaborates on projects and coordinates teaching and supervision of master students in the area. What primarily unites the research interests of the groups' members is the policy aspect of media, culture and information technologies. Interests range from the field of the arts and film, television and radio and the magazine business. Activities for the spring 2012 include seminars on changes in the publishing business, media regulation in the digital era, social media and the freedom of speech and the relationship between music and the public sphere.
Associate Professor Ole J. Mjøs’ new book is now out on Routledge. Music, Social Media and Global Mobility investigates the relationship between media, communications and globalisation through a unique study of electronic music practitioners’ use of global social media such as Facebook, Youtube, MySpace and Twitter.
A new project on databased methods for analysing polarisation and information dissemination in the blogosphere has received funding from the Norwegian Research Council's VERDIKT programme.
Jostein Gripsrud is editor of Relocating Television: Television in the Digital Context. Relocating Television offers readers an insight into studying television alongside the internet, participatory media and other technocultural phenomena such as DVDs, user-generated content and everyday digital media production. The book is the result of Gripsrud's Digicult project.
DigiCult is an international research group based at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies. The group, which is led by Professor Jostein Gripsrud, investigates and analyses developments within television and the Internet and how these affect the public sphere.