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Comparative Media Studies

Comparative Media Studies (CMS) promotes critical thinking across media in terms of their theoretical and technical dimensions as well as through their cultural and historical contexts. CMS inquires into specific media types such as film, television and new media from a comparative perspective, tracing media across and beyond their technical and historical specificities and across countries and continents. The comparative perspective aids in developing comprehensive critical perspectives on technological, social and cultural transformations of media and relate these to wider global (political and economic) developments.

Topics in Comparative Media Studies are:

• Social media and the transformation of public space (Europe, USA, China)
• Surveillance and resistance through media technologies: perspectives on media technologies as a locus of power
• From user-generated content to content industries: the politics and practices of creative industries
• Mediatization of everyday life: the development of media as tools for expression, memory, and engagement

CMS highlights contemporary debates on global media developments, and help understand their larger historical and transnational contexts. In doing so, students are exposed to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, such as political economy, media convergence theory, software studies, cultural analysis, platform analysis, media archaeology and media ecologies.