Media and Cultural Studies
Media and Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with mediality of all forms and processes as well as with individual works, forms of expression and different representations in every-day life, in art (film, literature, theatre, video) and politics. Our study programmes therefore include offerings from various subjects from throughout the faculty of arts and humanities. The Institute for Media and Cultural Studies unites all of these into a professional and scientific context with a focus on research which allows for fascinating, new and current insights into the present thus offering important prerequisites for a successful professional life.
An emerging field
Media and Cultural Studies is a relatively new subject. At the beginning of its development there were two findings: on the one hand, the fact that medial communication today is created within a variety of media and organised through media associations. The individual media product is shaped by its intermediality - whether a message, a film, a theatre performance or a TV series. On the other hand, the increasing importance of communication as it happens through media as well as its both fast-paced and deep-reaching change has strongly pointed to the following: media play a vital and historically changing part in the creation of perception and experience, even in the emergence of subjectivity and social relationships.
All of this has resulted in the development of a new field of knowledge which comprises interdisciplinary questions as well as specific contours and forms. Possessing this knowledge is the best foundation for a qualified, creative and critical occupation in the fields of media and culture: a professional area whose social and economic significance has been increasing for several years now and will continue to do so. It should be noted that 3.3 %of the European GDP is generated in this sector.
The institute covers a broad spectrum in research and teaching. The institute is divided into one bachelor programme and two master programmes.
Main areas of research are:
· Media Theory, Media Aesthetics, Media Ecology
· Migration, Interculturality and Media
· Film Studies
· Television Research
· Gender Research, Psychoanalysis and Cultural Science
· Cultural Consequences of Violence, Visual Culture and Violence
· Performative Arts
· Acoustic Media Cultures
· Theory of Subjectivity, Perception and Experience
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