Transnational Mediascapes: Sound and Vision in Europe
14-15 May 2013
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
Media studies have been forced by convergence, digitization and globalization to look beyond the traditional structure of national media systems, histories and habits, and to begin to analyse their phenomena according to a wider, and more complex, point of view. On one side, they have started to reconstruct the global flows of information and entertainment, the basis of a “mainstream culture” that unifies – at least partially – different geographical, political, social and cultural areas. On the other, they have begun to follow media products and trends in their complex paths across various countries and macro-regions, underlining both the differences and the deep similarities in shapes and meanings, in production processes as well as in consumption practices. Especially in the field of television and sound studies, in recent years, some progresses have been made towards a transnational point of view on historical processes and on contemporary developments, both finding shared theories, methodologies, and analytical tools, and identifying useful case studies and histories.
The conference will address two main topics in two different daily sessions: Transnational Television: Towards a Comparative TV History and Transnational Soundscapes: Sound and the Media in Europe.
The conference is organized by the Department of Communication and Performing Arts, Catholic University of Milan, with ALMED – Alta Scuola in Media, Comunicazione e Spettacolo, and CeRTA – Centro di Ricerca sulla Televisione e gli Audiovisivi.