NordMedia 2015, TWG: Media across the life course

Co-chair: Research associate professor, Anne Leonora Blaakilde, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen,

Co-chair: PhD fellow, Maja Sonne Damkjaer, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Media Studies, Aarhus University,

Co-chair: Associate professor, Stine Liv Johansen, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Media Studies, Aarhus University,

Today, media production is often directed at specific age groups, and media practices are woven tightly into the fabric of our everyday lives throughout the life course. We use media to make sense of the social world, connect to and socialize with peers, cope with life transition challenges, and adapt to new life circumstances and social roles. As media use becomes increasingly entangled and embedded in other practices such as work, leisure, or family practices, media usage in itself becomes ‘invisible’ and taken for granted. Within and between life stages we (re)build and maintain our identity and social relationships with media and through media. Social roles are redefined, and patterns of communication evolve and transform as we move through life phases.

This TWG aims to create a forum for developing theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media in a life-course perspective. This forum will explore cultural, social, historical, and temporal understandings of the multiple and complex ways in which people engage with and make use of different media types and technologies over the course of life. Also, the forum will discuss how media are implicated in the (re)production of discourses, performances, and practices connected to certain age phases and to perceptions of the life course sui generis.

We especially welcome media studies focusing on the elderly population, children, adolescents, and families. We encourage discussions on the polyvalent implications and representations of age, generations, and media, which have previously often been presented in dichotomous ways in media as well as in media research. This TWG welcomes papers that both explore the various ways in which media are embedded in our lives throughout the life course, and provide a lens for interpreting the related practices, evolving meanings, relationships, experiences, and major life transitions.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is February 25th, 2015. The conference accepts abstracts for full papers, extended abstracts, panel proposals and poster presentations.

Full papers: Participants are invited to submit full papers for the conference. Full papers must not extend 8.000 words.

Extended abstracts: These should contain an overview of the research question, relevant theoretical background, methodological approach, and preliminary findings. The final submission should be no less than 2.000-2.500 words (six pages).

Panel proposals: These should consist of three to four abstracts for full papers or extended abstracts. Furthermore the chair of the panel must submit an abstract introducing the panel, explaining the coherence of the presented abstracts and rational for presenting them in a themed panel. All abstracts should be limited to 250 words, including five keywords, and submitted as one file.

Posters: Abstracts for posters should adhere to the same guidelines as full papers and extended abstracts.