From January 2019, I have started a new two-year post as Postdoctoral Researcher in the project “What’s in the App? Digitally-mediated communication within contemporary multilingual families across time and space”. The PI of this project – WhatsInApp – is Prof. Åsa Palviainen. Project is financed by Academy of Finland (Sept 1, 2018 – Aug 31, 2022) and is conducted in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, with an extensive international collaboration. More information about the project can be found here.
It was one of the nicest collaborations ever. It started by deleting an email with the call for papers by each of us since it did not sound relevant to our work. However, once we started discussing the topic, we came with a common ready framework for the book chapter that you can now read here.
The chapter A Competent Participant in the New Media Landscape: Promoting an Interdisciplinary Perspective was written in collaboration with Melodine Sommier, Anne Laajalahti and Panu Uotila. All of us has been working at that time in the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä (Melodine is now in the University of Rotterdam) and we are also alumni of the ECREA Doctoral Summer School. The book Politics, Civil Society and Participation: Media and Communications in a Transforming Environment (ed. by Kramp et al.), where our chapter is published, is the annual publication of this Summer School, but first time it included chapters by SuSo alumni.
Together with three other researchers in visual studies:
Jenni Mäenpää, Researcher and PhD student, Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication – COMET, University of Tampere;
Mari Pienimäki, Licentiate, PhD student, Research Center for Contemporary Culture, University of Jyväskylä;
Nanna Särkkä, Project researcher and PhD student at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture;
I designed a project “Visuality in Journalism: Collaborative Perspective”. Project has a form of a network or a support group for PhD students in visual communication. It received a start-up grant from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Jyväskylä.
Here is a basic description of the main idea of the project:
Contemporary press is getting more and more visual; a large part of meanings is conveyed in other ways than with text. However, far too little attention has been paid to the visual. There is also far too little understanding of how the visuality works. Journalism research as well as a curriculum in journalism is still focusing mainly on text, marginalizing an understanding of images, photographs, graphics and layout. Therefore, there is a need for a cross-disciplinary approach to visuality in journalism.
The aim of this project is to stimulate discussion on different elements of visual communication in print media, i.e. layout, photojournalism, press photography, genre, context, and to confront divers research interests and approaches to visuality in journalism. As an outcome, project members plan to write one or two scientific articles for the peer-reviewed journals.