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Ståhlberg, P. (2024). Benedict Anderson (1983) Imagined Communities. In: Stina Bengtsson, Staffan Ericson, Fredrik Stiernstedt (Ed.), Classics in Media Theory: (pp. 284-296). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Benedict Anderson (1983) Imagined Communities
2024 (English)In: Classics in Media Theory / [ed] Stina Bengtsson, Staffan Ericson, Fredrik Stiernstedt, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2024, p. 284-296Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The recurring interest in the “nation” among media scholars is not least due to a slim book published in 1983, entitled Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. The author, Benedict Anderson, argued that the media are not just tools for spreading the ideas of nationalism or representing national identity. In Anderson’s book, the connection is more fundamental: it is thanks to media forms and technologies that nations can be “thought” at all. The book is important in media studies, both because it explains the relationship between nationalism and media, and because it has opened our eyes to other types of “imagined communities”, based on different media technologies and shared patterns of communication.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2024
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-54280 (URN)10.4324/9781003432272-21 (DOI)2-s2.0-85195347423 (Scopus ID)9781040026519 (ISBN)9781032557960 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-06-19 Created: 2024-06-19 Last updated: 2024-06-19Bibliographically approved
Ståhlberg, P. & Bolin, G. (2023). Managing Meaning in Ukraine: Information, Communication, and Narration since the Euromaidan Revolution. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing Meaning in Ukraine: Information, Communication, and Narration since the Euromaidan Revolution
2023 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An in-depth look at Ukraine's attempts to shape how it is perceived by the rest of the world.

During times of crisis, competing narratives are often advanced to define what is happening, and the stakes of information management by nations are high. In this timely book, Göran Bolin and Per Ståhlberg examine the fraught intersection of state politics, corporate business, and civil activism to understand the dynamics and importance of meaning management in Ukraine. Drawing on fieldwork inside the country, the authors discuss the forms, agents, and platforms within the complex political and communicative situation and how each articulated and acted upon perceptions of the propaganda threat.

Bolin and Ståhlberg focus their analysis on the period between 2013 and 2022, when political tensions, commercial dynamics, and new communication technologies bred novel forms of information management. As they show, entities from governments and governmental administration to commercial actors, entrepreneurs, and activists formed new alliances in order to claim a stake in information policy. Bolin and Ståhlberg also explore how the various agents engaged in information management and strove to manage meaning in communication practice; the communicative tools they took advantage of; and the subsequent consequences for narrative constructions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2023. p. 166
Series
Information Policy Series
National Category
Media Studies Social Anthropology
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51481 (URN)9780262545563 (ISBN)9780262374583 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-05-12 Created: 2023-05-12 Last updated: 2023-05-15Bibliographically approved
Bolin, G. & Ståhlberg, P. (2023). Nation branding vs. nation building revisited: Ukrainian information management in the face of the Russian invasion. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 19, 218-222
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nation branding vs. nation building revisited: Ukrainian information management in the face of the Russian invasion
2023 (English)In: Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, ISSN 1751-8040, E-ISSN 1751-8059, Vol. 19, p. 218-222Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article re-evaluates some of the previous assumptions made related to the communication practices and information management in Ukraine since before the Euromaidan revolution in 2013. We highlight two points where previous knowledge about nation branding and nation building must be rethought in light of the latest developments Firstly, nation branding is no longer exclusively an activity that is directed to an audience of foreign investors and tourists, but also toward the international field of politics. Simultaneously, it is also clearly directed toward a domestic audience-the citizens of Ukraine. Secondly, this means that there may no longer be any sharp distinction between nation building and nation branding-at least not in times of an ongoing armed conflict.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Keywords
Nation branding, Ukraine, Nation building, National identity
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50109 (URN)10.1057/s41254-022-00277-z (DOI)000863148400004 ()2-s2.0-85139015584 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2022-10-21 Created: 2022-10-21 Last updated: 2023-06-13Bibliographically approved
Ståhlberg, P. (2023). The Other within: Reflections on fieldwork in Ukraine before the Russian full-scale invasion. kritisk etnografi: Swedish Journal of Anthropology, 6(2), 39-52
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Other within: Reflections on fieldwork in Ukraine before the Russian full-scale invasion
2023 (English)In: kritisk etnografi: Swedish Journal of Anthropology, ISSN 2003-1173, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 39-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I reflect on several instances of symbolic communication that has been taking place in the shadow of the ongoing Russian war on Ukraine. The article should be read as some afterthoughts from a research project that was completed just before the Russian full-scale invasion. It builds mainly on material from intermittent fieldwork among PR consultants and government officials in Ukraine, with particular interest in meaning management. The theme that conjoins rather scattered examples is a concern with the colonial legacy in a country at war. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi, 2023
Keywords
Ukraine, Russia, war, postcolonial, the other, national imaginaries
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53995 (URN)10.33063/diva-519034 (DOI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2024-05-20 Created: 2024-05-20 Last updated: 2024-05-20Bibliographically approved
Bolin, G. & Ståhlberg, P. (2022). Disruption and transformation in media events theory: The case of the Euromaidan Revolution in Ukraine. Nordic Journal of Media Studies, 4(1), 99-117
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disruption and transformation in media events theory: The case of the Euromaidan Revolution in Ukraine
2022 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Media Studies, E-ISSN 2003-184X, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 99-117Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Media events, Dayan and Katz argue, compose a narrative genre that follows specific structural principles and narrative tropes and that works toward societal integration. However, a specific subset of media events is labelled transformative, and these work towards societal change. In this article, we point to an unresolved tension between transformative events and what has subsequently been introduced as disruptive events. Our discussion builds on research on the developments in post-Soviet Ukraine, and we analyse, firstly, the transformative and disruptive relations related to the so-called Euromaidan Revolution, and secondly, how these events can be placed in a wider narrative of three Ukrainian revolutions. Our analysis concludes that narrative analysis can help explain the ways in which these events are understood by broader international audiences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordicom, 2022
Keywords
media events, transformative events, disruptive events, Ukraine, narrative, ceremony
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49470 (URN)10.2478/njms-2022-0006 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-07-01 Created: 2022-07-01 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Ståhlberg, P. (2022). Lucknow: rebeller, byråkrater och kurtisaner i en undflyende stad. In: Nyqvist, Anette (Ed.), Platser i världen: Tolv litterära besök (pp. 90-108). Stockholm: Appell förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lucknow: rebeller, byråkrater och kurtisaner i en undflyende stad
2022 (Swedish)In: Platser i världen: Tolv litterära besök / [ed] Nyqvist, Anette, Stockholm: Appell förlag , 2022, p. 90-108Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Appell förlag, 2022
Keywords
antropologi, litteratur, Indien
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50650 (URN)978-91-986643-5-5 (ISBN)
Projects
Världslitteraturer: kosmopolitisk och vernakulär dynamik
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M15-0343:1
Available from: 2023-01-15 Created: 2023-01-15 Last updated: 2023-01-19Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S., Jakobsson, P., Bolin, G., Johansson, S., Forsman, M. & Ståhlberg, P. (2022). Medielandskap och mediekultur: En introduktion till medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap (2ed.). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Medielandskap och mediekultur: En introduktion till medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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2022 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2022. p. 264 Edition: 2
Keywords
medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap, medier, medium, kommunikation, samhälle, kultur, digitalisering, medialisering, mediestruktur, offentlighet, representation, vardagsliv, populärkultur, kulturella gemenskaper
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50244 (URN)9789147143559 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-16 Created: 2022-11-16 Last updated: 2022-11-21Bibliographically approved
Bolin, G. & Ståhlberg, P. (2021). The PowerPoint Nation: Branding an Imagined Commodity. European Review, 29(4), 445-456
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The PowerPoint Nation: Branding an Imagined Commodity
2021 (English)In: European Review, ISSN 1062-7987, E-ISSN 1474-0575, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 445-456Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the formation of the modern nation state and the social imaginary of nationalism in the nineteenth century, the media and representational practices have, among most scholars, been ascribed a prominent position. The question is, however, how have changes in media technologies, from mass media to digital and interactive personal media, impacted on the national imaginaries over the past few decades? This article discusses what happens with the social imaginaries when national(ist) symbols are reproduced through the medium of PowerPoint, as one of the main tools for constructing images of the nation in nation-branding campaigns, i.e. promotional campaigns initiated by governments in conjunction with corporate actors with the aim of producing an attractive image of a country for foreign investors and tourists. It is concluded that the representational technology of PowerPoint produces a nation as an imagined commodity rather than an imagined community.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2021
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40613 (URN)10.1017/S1062798720000496 (DOI)000672033500003 ()2-s2.0-85083772607 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 56/2015
Available from: 2020-05-04 Created: 2020-05-04 Last updated: 2022-03-01Bibliographically approved
Ståhlberg, P. (2020). Benedict Andersson: Den föreställda gemenskapen (1983). In: Stina Bengtsson; Staffan Ericson; Fredrik Stiernstedt (Ed.), Medievetenskapens idétraditioner: (pp. 277-290). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Benedict Andersson: Den föreställda gemenskapen (1983)
2020 (Swedish)In: Medievetenskapens idétraditioner / [ed] Stina Bengtsson; Staffan Ericson; Fredrik Stiernstedt, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020, p. 277-290Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40480 (URN)9789144130712 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-04-06 Created: 2020-04-06 Last updated: 2020-04-06Bibliographically approved
Ohm, B., Parthasarathi, V. & Ståhlberg, P. (2019). Introduction: Critical Explorations of Media Modernity in India. Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, 10(3), 322-331
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Critical Explorations of Media Modernity in India
2019 (English)In: Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 322-331Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019
Keywords
India, media, modernity
National Category
Media Studies Social Anthropology
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37834 (URN)10.3384/cu.2000.1525.2018103322 (DOI)2-s2.0-85064178143 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-03-06 Created: 2019-03-06 Last updated: 2024-07-04Bibliographically approved
Projects
Nation branding [A063-2012_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Ståhlberg, P. (2017). Från marknadsföring till propagandakrig. Ikaros, tidskrift om människan och vetenskapen, 14(2), 37-39Bolin, G., Jordan, P. & Ståhlberg, P. (2016). From Nation Branding to Information Warfare: The Management of Information in the Ukraine–Russia Conflict. In: Mervi Pantti (Ed.), Media and the Ukraine Crises: Hybrid media practice and narratives of conflict (pp. 3-18). New York: Peter Lang Publishing GroupStåhlberg, P. & Bolin, G. (2016). Having a Soul or Choosing a Face?: Nation Branding, identity and Cosmopolitan Imagination. Social Identities, 22(3), 274-290Bolin, G. & Ståhlberg, P. (2015). Mediating the Nation-State: Agency and the Media in Nation-Branding Campaigns. International Journal of Communication, 9, 3065-3083Ståhlberg, P. & Bolin, G. (2015). Nationen som vara och gemenskap: Identitet, agens och publik inom nationsmarknadsföring. Nordisk Østforum, 29(3), 289-312
Propaganda and management of information in the Ukraine-Russia conflict: From nation branding to information war [56/2015_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Ståhlberg, P. & Bolin, G. (2023). Managing Meaning in Ukraine: Information, Communication, and Narration since the Euromaidan Revolution. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT PressYurchuk, Y. (2021). Historians as Activists: History Writing in Times of War. The Case of Ukraine in 2014–2018. Nationalities Papers, 49(4), 691-709Bolin, G. & Ståhlberg, P. (2021). The PowerPoint Nation: Branding an Imagined Commodity. European Review, 29(4), 445-456Voronova, L. (2020). Between Dialogue and Confrontation: Two Countries — One Profession Project and the Split in Ukrainian Journalism Culture. Central European Journal of Communication, 13(1(25)), 24-40Yurchuk, Y. & Voronova, L. (2020). Challenges of Ongoing Conflict Research: Dialogic Autoethnography in Studies of Post-2014 Ukraine. In: Sandra Jeppesen & Paola Sartoretto (Ed.), Media Activist Research Ethics: (pp. 249-268). Cham: Palgrave MacmillanVoronova, L. (2020). Conflict as a point of no return: Immigrant and internally displaced journalists in Ukraine. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(5), 817-835Voronova, L. (2020). Dialogic spaces in the situation of conflict: Stepping stones and sticking points. In: Laura Roselle, Sarah Maltby, Ben O’Loughlin and Katy Parry (Ed.), Spaces of War, War of Spaces: (pp. 205-230). London: Bloomsbury AcademicVoronova, L. & Widholm, A. (2019). Broadcasting Against the Grain: The Contradictory Roles of RT in a Global Media Age. In: Kern-Stone, Rebecca & Mishra, Suman (Ed.), Transnational Media: Concepts and Cases (pp. 207-213). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-BlackwellTörnquist-Plewa, B. & Yurchuk, Y. (2019). Memory politics in contemporary Ukraine: Reflections from the postcolonial perspective. Memory Studies, 12(6), 699-720Bolin, G. & Ståhlberg, P. (2019). The mediatized nation: Identity, agency and audience in nation branding campaigns. InMediaciones de la Comunicación (2), 187-207
Vernacular fiction and digital platforms: An ethnography of contemporary Indian book worlds [2022-02396_VR]; Södertörn University
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