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  • 1. Alvares, Claudia
    et al.
    Cardoso, Gustavo
    Dahlgren, Peter
    Erstad, Ola
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Golding, Peter
    Nieminen, Hannu
    Sparks, Colin
    Splichal, Slavko
    Xinaris, Charis
    Media in Europe: New questions for research and policy2014Report (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Anrup, Roland
    et al.
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Fareld, Victoria
    Stockholms universitet.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Frisk, Syliva
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Fur, Gunlög
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Ganetz, Hillevi
    Stockholms universitet.
    Gardell, Mattias
    Uppsala universitet.
    Hedman Hvitfeldt, Maria
    Stockholms dramatiska högskola.
    Höghede, Erika
    Stockholms dramatiska högskola.
    Iordanoglou, Dimitrios
    Uppsala universitet.
    Jalmert, Lars
    Stockholms universitet.
    Johansen, Maria
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Jonsson, Stefan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Josephson, Peter
    Uppsala universitet.
    Karlsohn, Thomas
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Laikre, Linda
    Stockholms universitet.
    Larsson, Åsa Bharathi
    Uppsala universitet.
    Lorenzoni, Patricia
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Liedman, Sven-Eric
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Madison, Guy
    Umeå universitet.
    Manga, Edda
    Uppsala universitet.
    Munthe, Christian
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Nilsson, Ulrika
    Stockholms universitet.
    Nylin, Sören
    Stockholms universitet.
    Olsson, Erik J.
    Lunds universitet.
    Peralta, Julia
    Örebro universitet.
    Persson, Mats
    Uppsala universitet.
    Priebe, Gunilla
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Rider, Sharon
    Uppsala universitet.
    Rooke, Tetz
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Rådström, Niklas
    Stockholms dramatiska högskola.
    Söderblom, Staffan
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Sörensen, Jens
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Tydén, Mattias
    Stockholms universitet.
    Zetterholm, Magnus
    Lunds universitet.
    Öberg, Johan
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Centrala universitetsvärden hotas av bolagiseringsidén2013In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, no 22 oktober, p. A6-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 3.
    Axelsson, Bodil
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Kulturstudier i Sverige2007Book (Other academic)
  • 4. Axelsson, Bodil
    et al.
    Fornäs, JohanLinköpings universitet.
    Kulturstudier i Sverige: nationell forskarkonferens, 13-15 juni, 2005, Norrköping, Sweden2005Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Bjurström, Erling
    Linköpings universitet.
    Bolin, Göran
    Södertörn University College, Avdelning 3, Media and Communication Studies.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Ganetz, Hillevi
    Linköpings universitet.
    Populära passager: medierna i det moderna konsumtionsrummet2000In: NORDICOM-information, ISSN 0349-5949, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 89-91Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Becker, Karin
    et al.
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Bjurström, Erling
    Linköpings universitet.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Ganetz, Hillevi
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Passages2004Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 7.
    Bjurström, Erling
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Ganetz, Hillevi
    Linköpings universitet.
    Det kommunikativa handlandet: kulturella perspektiv på medier och konsumtion2000Book (Other academic)
  • 8. Brown, Cecil
    et al.
    Dvinge, Anne
    Fadnes, Petter Frost
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Høyer, Ole Izard
    Mazur, Marilyn
    McEachrane, Michael
    Tchicai, John
    The Midnight Sun Never Sets: An Email Conversation about Jazz, Race and National Identity in Denmark, Norway and Sweden2014In: Afro-Nordic Landscapes: Equality and Race in Northern Europe / [ed] McEachrane, Michael, New York/London: Routledge, 2014, 1, p. 57-83Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In Denmark, Norway and Sweden, jazz went from being seen as radically foreign to become a seamless part of domestic culture. The conversation traces that development and displays how the national identities of these countries were, and still are, bound up with notions of race, ethnicity and culture. Yet, as the conversation also makes clear, ultimately it is a development that defies racial, ethnic or national boundaries.

  • 9.
    Ekström, M.
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Jansson, A.
    Karlstad University.
    Jerslev, A.
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Three tasks for mediatization research: contributions to an open agenda2016In: Media Culture and Society, ISSN 0163-4437, E-ISSN 1460-3675, Vol. 38, no 7, p. 1090-1108Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based on the interdisciplinary experience of a Swedish research committee, this article discusses critical conceptual issues raised by the current debate on mediatization – a concept that holds great potential to constitute a space for synthesized understandings of media-related social transformations. In contrast to other, more metaphorical constructions, mediatization can be studied empirically in systematic ways through various sub-processes that together provide a complex picture of how culture and everyday life evolve in times of media saturation. The first part of this article argues that mediatization researchers have sometimes formulated too grand claims as to mediatization’s status as a unitary approach, a meta-theory or a paradigm. Such claims have led to problematic confusions around the concept and should be abandoned in favour of a more open agenda. In line with such a call for openness, the second part of the article introduces historicity, specificity and measurability as three transdisciplinary and transparadigmatic tasks for the contemporary mediatization research agenda. © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016.

  • 10.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    2011 års installationstal: Installationstal vid Södertörns högskolas akademiska högtid 18 november 20112011Other (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    A cultural perspective on European borders2017In: Cultural Identities, National Borders / [ed] Mats Andrén, Thomas Lindkvist, Ingmar Söhrman, Katharina Vajta, Göteborg: Centrum för Europaforskning , 2017, p. 7-20Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Advancing Cultural Studies in Sweden: An Infrastructural Initiative2001Report (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Att samla resurser för tvärgående kulturforskning: Tio års erfarenheter av nätverksbygge vid Tema Q-miljön i Norrköping2012In: Kulturaliseringens samhälle: Problemorienterad kulturvetenskaplig forskning vid Tema Q 2002-2012 / [ed] Svante Beckman, Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2012, p. 73-87Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Attraherande annorlunda: Kommentar till mellankrigstidens primitivism2015In: Sexualpolitiska nyckeltexter / [ed] Klara Arnberg, Pia Laskar & Fia Sundevall, Stockholm: Leopard , 2015, 1, p. 333-341Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Barnkulturbegreppens betydelser2018In: Barnkulturens gränsland / [ed] Moa Wester & Magnus Öhrn, Stockholm: Centrum för Barnkulturforskning, Stockholms universitet , 2018Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 16. Fornäs, Johan
    Between Captain Euro and Entropa: Symbols of Europe as ambivalent identifiers2009In: Media, culture and identity in Europe / [ed] Savaş Arslan, Volkan Aytar, Defne Karaosmanoğlu, Süheyla Kırca Schroede, Istanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press , 2009, p. 22-32Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Bridging gaps: ten crosscurrents in media studies2008In: Media Culture and Society, ISSN 0163-4437, E-ISSN 1460-3675, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 895-905Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Once upon a time, it was popular to declare war between opposing camps in media studies. The struggle between “critical theory” and “mass communications” or later between “cultural studies” and “political economy” in UK and US media research was one such example. In other parts of the world, those polarities were much less dominant, and today many old gaps seem to have been bridged. Several old and new issues are still contested and need to be worked through, but I do not think that this should be done in terms of gaps and divides. When a field is divided by deep clefts, a productive strategy is often to seek third positions from where to mediate the two and see how they offer models of understanding that may enrich and supplement each other, if dialectically reinterpreted from a less reductive standpoint. Today, even that may be an outdated mode of reasoning, since one may argue that there is not any longer two firm and distinct camps in media studies, but rather a dynamically interweaving set of currents that sometimes reinforce, sometimes contradict each other.

    I will here outline five pair of trends that have been particularly influential and inspiring during the last decades, and that are par­ti­cularly re­lev­ant to the future directions of media research. None of them is a real turn, implying any total change in all of media studies. Instead, they form double streams that may run in parallel, feed into each other, or become crosscurrents whose intersections create tensions and contradictions. Each pair is in some sense paradoxical and contradictory, pointing out key ambivalences and contradictions in the present situ­ation. This is therefore an alternative to thinking in terms of gaps or borders. As for gaps, I do not believe there is anymore one dominant dichotomy that divides the field. It is more relevant to talk of borders and not least of hybrid borderlands, but these pairs are too complexly intertwined to even make such a term useful. Each current has been contested and is deeply ambiguous, and any precise dating is difficult since they have developed in steps that differ between countries.[i]

    My point here is threefold. A first goal is to lift up ten trends that, though contestable, all deserve to be taken seriously as impulses to renew and revitalize media studies. Secondly, I will argue that great surplus insights for media studies are to be won by reading them in relation to each other, acknowledging their intersections instead of isolating them from each other. While each current may be familiar, they are rarely sufficiently juxtaposed, though there are important interrelations between these media studies discourses. Taken together, it becomes clear how much they mutually constitute each other and offer a richer understanding of the challenges that lie ahead, by posing challenging questions concerning the scope and definition of media and media studies. Third, this dialogic exercise indicates that the usual divides are increasingly less relevant in the new media landscape and intellectual scene, both being characterized by fluidity and hybridization.

    [i] These currents were first outlined in a brief presentation at the interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Bridging Methodology Gaps, Building Institutional Bridges’, organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF) at the University of London, UK, 10-12 December 2007.

  • 18.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Capitalism: A Companion to Marx's Economy Critique2013 (ed. 1)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This introduction to Marx’s economy critique covers all three volumes of Capital. It explores all the main aspects of Marx’s work – including his economic theory, his philosophical sophistication and his political critique – introducing the reader to Marx’s typical blend of sharp arguments, ruthless social reportage and utopian visions.

  • 19.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Capitalism: Current crisis and cultural critique2014Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Continents of cultural studies – unite in diversity! Comparing Asian and European experiences2010In: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, ISSN 1464-9373, E-ISSN 1469-8447, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 214-220Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Culturalizing mediatization2014In: Mediatized worlds: Culture and society in a media age / [ed] Andreas Hepp & Friedrich Krotz, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 1, p. 38-53Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Mediatization has now been revived as a key concept in media studies, mainly from social sciences perspectives. This paper argues for the value of revitalizing more culturally-oriented approaches to this concept. (1) First, definitional problems are analyzed, hinting at how a cultural perspective focusing on signifying practices of meaning-making may help identifying key ‘if’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ issues of interpreting mediatization as an historical process. The idea of ‘a media age’ is scrutinized, based on a tension between conceiving mediatization as a long-term process or as a dateable historic event. This leads to proposing a model of different levels and kinds of mediatization, making use of cultural theory. (2) Second, mediatization is related to process concepts such as modernization, lifeworld colonization and reflexivity. Mediatization discourse is compared to parallel discourses on culturalization, since these two process concepts are particularly interdependent, if culture is defined as signifying practice, and media are technologies of culture. Cultural perspectives should therefore also be highly useful to mediatization theory. The meaning of culture in relation to society is discussed, arguing for a fruitful way to interrelate the two, based on a combination of cultural studies and Paul Ricoeur’s critical hermeneutics. (3) Third, the contested genealogy of the concept of mediatization is discussed, emphasizing unfortunately repressed routes through cultural research and pointing at a need to reconnect to some anthropologically and hermeneutically inspired theorizations in the early 1990s. This shows how mediatization discourse always developed in the interface between media studies and other branches of the humanities and social sciences, with a particular affinity to cultural theory. Strategic considerations end in a pledge for continued transdisciplinary dialogue as the best means for understanding mediatization today, and a promising opportunity to productively combine social and cultural perspectives.

  • 22.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Cultures, Histories, Institutions: Closure2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Currency for Europe: Monetary solidity, trust, and identification across national borders2013In: Trust and organizations: Confidence across borders / [ed] Marta Reuter, Filip Wijkström & Bengt Kristensson Uggla, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 1, p. 19-39Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Current issues in European cultural studies: Introduction to the proceedings of the 2011 ACSIS Conference in Norrköping, 15-17 June 20112011In: Current issues in European cultural studies: ACSIS conference 2011 / [ed] Martin Fredriksson, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011, p. 11-14Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Defending culture: conceptual foundations and contemporary debate2017Book (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Den kulturella tidens medialisering2017In: Tiden / [ed] Kim Salomon, Nyhamnsläge: Gyllenstiernska Krapperupsstiftelsen i samarbete med Makadam , 2017, p. 33-41Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Den svenska eurons ansikte2003In: Axess, ISSN 1651-0941, Vol. 2, no 4, p. 6-7Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    En diskussion av pengar som kommunikationsmedier: hur nationell och europeiskidentitet uttrycks i eurons design.

  • 28. Fornäs, Johan
    Det inre förtrycket: Om kapitalismens neuroser och den borgerliga psykologin1977In: Tekla: Teori och klasskamp, ISSN 0348-7253, no 1, p. 40-73Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Europa eller tjuren?: Identifierandets korsvägar2014In: Liv, lust och litteratur: Festskrift till Lisbeth Larsson / [ed] Kristina Hermansson, Christian Lenemark & Cecilia Pettersson, Göteborg/Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2014, 1, p. 74-87Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Här utforskas genusaspekter på hur europeisk identitet förhandlas i symboler. Myten om Europa och tjuren bär på motsägelsefulla tolkningsmöjligheter. Prinsessan Europa kan ses som personifikation av kontinenten, som med våld förs bort av Zeus i tjurhamn. Alternativt kan hon uppfattas som djärvt förförisk grundare av en dynasti, vilket erbjuder en helt annan europeisk självbild. Några tycks rentav hellre identifiera sig med den potent djuriskt-gudomliga tjuren som dramats centrala aktör. Här föreslås en ambivalent strategi som fasthåller dubbelheter i såväl ärvda symboler som dagens Europaprojekt. Varje levande myt är mångtydig och utsatt för en ohejdbar verkningshistoria vars tolkningskonflikter öppnar motsägelsefulla korsvägar för identifikation. Det är viktigt att bibehålla en agens också för Europa – såväl i mytisk symbolik som i dagens vardag – och se den genusifierade herre-slav-dialektiken i det begärsspel som format nutidens Europa: Europa är flerkönat, förenat endast i sin egen mångfald.

  • 30.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Europe faces Europe: An introduction2017In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 1-34Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Europe Faces Europe examines Eastern European perspectives on European identity. The contributors to this volume map narratives of Europe rooted in Eastern Europe, examining their relationship to philosophy, journalism, social movements, literary texts, visual art, and popular music. Moving the debate and research on European identity beyond the geographical power center, the essays explore how Europeanness is conceived of in the dynamic region of Eastern Europe. Offering a fresh take on European identity, Europe Faces Europe comes at an important time, when Eastern Europe and European identity are in an important and vibrant phase of transition.

  • 32.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    European identification: Symbolic mediations of unity and diversity2012In: Global Media Journal : Australian Edition, ISSN 1835-2340, E-ISSN 1835-2340, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses examples of mediated and mediating symbols used to build trust in Europe as a shared transnational project. It starts with a general discussion of globalisation and transnational mediation, and then briefly exemplifies how money, flags, anthems and other symbols work to suggest identifications. The five key European symbols ratified by the Council of Europe and the European Union are introduced, presented and analysed, indicating how the EU and other pan-European actors have chosen to express a sense of shared identity and meaning. Each of these key symbols is then scrutinised as multi-layered mediating tools in creating loyalty and reinforcing faith in collective societal institutions of markets and states, and in the corresponding imagined supra-national community. These dominant European symbols are shown to reflect a balance between homogenisation and fragmentation. The analysis locates a core identifying formula of “an ambivalent desire for communication with others”. However, it also finds a major set of tensions around this thematic core, understanding European identification as a dynamic process of mediation rather than as a limited and limiting object.

  • 33.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Euro-visions: East European narratives in televised popular music2017In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 179-235Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Exclusion, Polarization, Hybridization, Assimilation: Otherness and Modernity in the Swedish Jazz Age2010In: Popular music and society, ISSN 0300-7766, E-ISSN 1740-1712, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 219-236Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The introduction of jazz in Sweden fed into discourses renegotiating modern forms of identity in welfare society. In this new Jazz Age, music became an arena for reformulating norms of age, class, ethnicity, and gender differences. This article presents an intersectional and inter-medial study of songs, films and print sources with such topics. The new jazz idiom was linked to enticing and horrifying forms of otherness. Four basic positions are highlighted in the successive integration of both jazz and identities, from separation to fusion: demonizing exclusion, primitivist polarization, diversifying hybridization and normalizing assimilation.

  • 35.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Forever Young: The beginnings of the Nordic Journal of Youth Research2013In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 407-417Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Foton med Erling Bjurström2009In: Kulturellt: reflektioner i Erling Bjurströms anda / [ed] Johan Fornäs & Tobias Harding, Linköping: Linköping Univeristy eelectronic Press , 2009, p. 261-270Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 37. Fornäs, Johan
    Framtiden i det som hittills varit1984In: Tvärspel: trettioen artiklar om musik: festskrift till Jan Ling, Göteborg: Musikvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet , 1984, p. 197-213Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Framtiden står skriven i stjärnorna2013In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 14 maj, p. 25-25Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 39.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Frith’s popular music studies: an essay review of 'Popular Music Matters: Essays in Honour of Simon Frith'2015In: Popular Music, ISSN 0261-1430, E-ISSN 1474-0095, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 312-317Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Fritt fram för open access2013Other (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Från marginalisering till blandning: skillnader i jazzepokens folkhem2005In: Frispel: festskrift till Olle Edström / [ed] Alf Björnberg, Mona Hallin, Lars Lilliestam & Ola Stockfelt, Göteborg: Institutionen för musikvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet , 2005, p. 552-564Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Förord: Tillsammans med Erling Bjurström2009In: Kulturellt: reflektioner i Erling Bjurströms anda / [ed] Johan Fornäs & Tobias Harding, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2009, p. 5-8Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Hidden Assumptions and Implicit Normative Conclusions: a Constructivist Critique of the Research on Eastern Euro-visions : Narratives of Europe in the ESC2014In: Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations : 5th European Communication Conference : 12-15 November, Lisboa, Portugal : Book of Abstracts, Universidade Lusófona , 2014, p. 267-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The European Union is looking for new narratives of Europe. But which was the old one and was there really just one? Do narratives of Europe in the so-called ‘new’ east Europe offer alternatives for redefining European identity? In order to approach these issues, this paper looks at how Europe is narrated in east European popular music, focusing the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).

    A wide range of symbols struggle for identifying or signifying Europe (Fornäs 2012). The post-1989 EU enlargement has intensified such redefinition efforts. Popular music offers a fascinating field for such narrative identifications, with the ESC as an influential arena, linking cultural, social and political discourses. Music matters (Hesmondhalgh 2013) to people on many influential levels, combining emotive pleasure with social interaction in ways that offer rich resources for identifying practices. Being perhaps the most successful pan-European venture, the ESC is therefore an excellent source for investigating narratives of Europe.

    Written within an interdisciplinary project on east European ‘Narratives of Europe’, this paper analyses songs from ESC finals since 1989. Using a methodological model for analysing narratives, inspired by Genette (1972/1980), Ricoeur (1981) and Ryan (2004), it looks for who acts in a narrative (setup), what happens in which order (process), how or in what format the story is told (mode) and what identity it constructs for Europe (meaning).

    More than 70 songs were chosen, 40 of them from east Europe. Preliminary results in­dicate an overwhelming dominance of one master narrative of redemptive resur­rection, with a set of sub-variants. In other contexts than the ESC, popular songs may depict Europe as an eternally happy place or as falling from greatness into misery, but the ESC format strongly favours a narrative where Europe had a glorious past but then has been deeply torn by internal strife, wars and suffering, from which it now finally will recover by uniting in mutual co-operation and love. Some variants say little or nothing about the initial golden age, some less triumphantly place the resurrection as a dream for the future, and some east European song narratives add freedom from oppression to peace after internal war as core values, but the master narrative is never really abandoned.

    This resurrection narrative resonates with the founding myth expressed in EU’s key symbols. The inclusion of former Soviet Bloc countries into the European integration process has given new impetus to those founding narratives, and the ESC’s east European narratives indicate important continuities between the old and the new.

    While offering a methodological example of narrative analysis of media texts in the seldom-studied format of televised popular music, the paper also contributes to the understanding of how east European voices construct Europe’s history and future in the processes of transformation that challenge inherited ideas of what Europe means.

  • 44.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Humanioras möjligheter i kulturstudiernas nätverk: tema: humanioras möjligheter2009In: Horisont, ISSN 0439-5530, Vol. 56, no 4, p. 18-20Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 45.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Inter: The transversal spaces, processes and networks of cultural studies2007In: Inter: A European cultural studies: conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007,2007 / [ed] Johan Fornäs and Martin Fredriksson, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2007, p. 7-9Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This is an introduction to the proceedings of -Inter: A European Cultural Studies Conference in Sweden-, held in Norrköping 11-13 June 2007. The conference was organised by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS), whose director Johan Fornäs here gives a brief background to the event and its three primary dimensions of transgression and interrelation: the spatial flows of transnational globalisation between regions and countries of Europe and the world at large; the temporal processes of culturalisation that appear to have made culture and cultural research increasingly central to society and academia; and the networks of trans- and interdisciplinary cooperation that both enable and necessitate these kinds of events. The text is based on his plenary presentations at the conference, and at the same time serves as a preface to these conference proceedings.

  • 46.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Intermedial Passages in Time and Space: Contexts, Currents and Circuits of Media Consumption2004In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 25, no 1-2, p. 123-136Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper discusses spatial, temporal and relational aspects of mediated communication. It is based on experiences from the Swedish media ethnographic Passages project, where an interdisciplinary research team for five years empirically investigated interacting processes of communication and consumption in a shopping centre.

    (1) Spatial contexts of media places. The interplay between people and media – including so-called new media – are always spatially contextualised, in spite of the transgressivity of communication. Places frame and delimit media uses, which at the same time form spatialities as meaningful geographic places and social worlds. The collective Passages ethnography invited renewed reflection on concepts like space, place, borders and movements.

    (2) Temporal currents of media consumption. The processes of media consumption as multifarious temporal chains of acquisition and use also form time at all levels, from present moments to historical memories that shape identities. Inspired by Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, the Passages project developed a historical perspective on how the past, present and future are combined when media structure modern daily life. Reworking the borders between consumption and reception research gave a new understanding of flows and currents of media use.

    (3) Relational circuits of media types. Media industries and research have conventional ways to define and differentiate media types. These boundaries are challenged by technical, social and cultural transformations. The Passages studies of media in a shopping centre – and the mall as a medium! – made visible a series of border cases and intermedial hybrids that highlighted limitations of traditional categories. An expanded media concept let us scrutinize how media circuits are both kept apart and interconnected in intertextual, intersubjective and intercontextual practices.

  • 47.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Introducing Capitalism: Current crisis and cultural critique2014In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 6, p. 15-38Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Introducing MediaCities2007In: The ESF-LiU Conference: Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena, Sweden, 25–29 October, 2006 / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2007, p. 5-19Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The ESF-LiU Conference in Vadstena 25-29 October 2006 gathered more than 50 international scholars to explore and discuss the theme of -Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World-. The main organiser and chair of the conference, musicologist researcher in media and communications Johan Fornäs from the Department of Culture Studies (Tema Q) at Linköping University introduces and sums up the event by outlining the general objectives behind this initiative.This introduction starts by discussing the recent convergence of two previously distinct research areas: media studies and urban studies. The separation is a particular facet of a more general disjunction between culture and space, which is now being outdated from both sides, as geographers and urban theorists are increasingly interested in the imaginary, mediated and symbolic, while cultural studies and media research express a growing attention to spatial dimensions and locations of communication practices. The various aspects and forms of this convergence are highlighted, combining the study of space in culture and cities in media or media representations of urban spaces with studies of culture in space and media in cities, comprising urban spaces of media making and use as well as the interspatial flows of images, texts and sounds. The result is a complex and dialectical fusion that may be termed MediaCities. Subthemes and dimensions of this interface between urban, media and cultural studies are discussed, outlining a background to the conference and ideas for future collaborative European research in this hybrid field, based on a set of different previous efforts that have paved the way for this new direction of research.

  • 49.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Introduction: Founding Fieldwork2007In: CCCS Selected Working Papers: Volume 1 / [ed] Ann Gray, Jan Campbell, Mark Erickson, Stuart Hanson & Helen Wood, London/New York: Routledge , 2007, p. 697-708Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Fornäs, Johan
    Linköpings universitet.
    Klyftan och broarna mellan högt och lågt2006In: Högkultur som subkultur: inledande anföranden vid ett seminarium i Börssalen den 29 mars 2006, Stockholm: Svenska Akademien , 2006, p. 31-43Chapter in book (Other academic)
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