Publications of the "Communicative Figurations" research network

Book series: "Transforming Communications"

The book series ‘Transforming Communications’ is dedicated to cross-media communication research. It aims to support all kinds of research that are interested in processes of communication taking place across different kinds of media and that subsequently make media’s transformative potential accessible. With this profile, the series addresses a wide range of different areas of study: media production, representation and appropriation as well as media technologies and their use, all from a current as well as a a historical perspective.

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Special issue "The Datafication of Education"

The relevance of data for educational processes in schools such as teaching and learning as well as for educational administration and educational policy has increased throughout the last decade. This has an impact on how education is measured, managed and controlled. ‘Governing by numbers’ (Grek 2009) has become a new paradigm.

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Special section "Digital Traces in Context"

“Big data” has become a contested buzzword for media and communications research, but  remains a vague concept when it comes to empirical, contextualised analysis and interpretations. From the point of view of the media user and a critical analysis of media practices, it is rather “digital traces” that matter. The term “traces” puts emphasis on the fact that these data result from the practices of individuals, collectivities, and organizations while using digital media. To understand “digital traces” we have to relate them to the various actors who originate them, as well as the contexts that matter.

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Special issue "Acting on Media: Influencing, Shaping and (Re)Configuring the Fabric of Everyday Life"

In one way or the other the current transformation of society is related to media, which are understood to mean organizations, content and technologies. As a consequence, media themselves are gaining increasing relevance in political debates and for political activity per se. Actors like hacker collectives, alternative media or open source movements do not only use media to organize, collaborate and to mobilize, but explicitly center their activities on media-related questions.

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Special issue "Communicating Family Memory: Remembering in a changing media environment"

Memory and media are closely interlinked areas of research: In fact, memory has always materialized through cultural artefacts, various objects and the mediation of images, words and signs. Furthermore, memory as a social construct has a strong collective dimension. Even individuals’ memories  can be viewed and made sense of within the context of different collectivities and social formations such as the family, an ethnic community or a nation. Media are essential for these groups to communicate with each other and thereby constitute and negotiate identities, or make sense of the world – past, present and future included.

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Special issue "Constructivism in communication studies" (in German language)

Andreas Hepp, Wiebke Loosen and Uwe Hasebrink co-edit special issue of the academic peer-reviewed journal "Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft" on "Constructivism in Communication Studies" (together with Jo Reichertz). The special issue is only availabe in German language. The special issue is comprises 13 articles which focus on theoretical approaches, new theoretical perspectives and current transformations. 

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Working paper series "Communicative Figurations"

The "Communicative Figurations" research network publishes a series of working papers (ISSN: 2367-2277) that are available on this website as well as via the E-LIB Document Server (Digital Repository) of the State and University Library Bremen (SuUB).

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