MediaSoc identifies, analyses and explains social concepts, phenomena and trends in the programme’s research themes. It produces data, analyses and innovations to respond to the rapidly emerging trends of today’s society, political culture and media landscape.
Society has become thoroughly mediatised. Every aspect and area from the economy and politics to civil society and everyday social relations is increasingly saturated, in ever new ways, by media. The media have become an increasingly important, but at the same time an increasingly complex and unpredictable part of every facet of society and culture.
The Academy Programme Media and Society (MediaSoc) will provide new impetus and direction for Finnish research into society by bringing together different fields of study and different approaches and by linking them with a current research theme of great social importance. The programme’s multidisciplinary approach will aim to identify, analyse and explain relevant social concepts, phenomena and trends, and to open up horizons for new solutions and choices in present-day society.
MediaSoc Academy Programme had a two-stage call in 2018. The funding decisions were published in November 2018. The funding period of the projects started in January 2019 and ends in December 2022.
Media and Society Academy Programme Call 2018 (8 M €)
- Deportation in a mediated society: Economies of affect in the aftermath of the refugee reception crisis (DEMESO)
Karina Horsti, University of Jyväskylä
- Flows of power - media as site and agent of politics (FLOPO)
Anu Koivunen, Tampere University
Eetu Mäkelä, University of Helsinki
- Echo Chambers, Experts and Activists: Networks of Mediated Political Communication (ECANET)
Risto Kunelius, Tampere University
Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, University of Helsinki
Mikko Kivelä, Aalto University
- Whirl of Knowledge: Cultural Populism in Polarized European Politics and Societies (WhiKnow)
Emilia Palonen, University of Helsinki
- Communication rights in the age of digital disruption (CoRDi)
Esa Reunanen, Tampere University
Juha Herkman, University of Helsinki
- Post-Digital Epistemologies of the Photographic Image (PEPI): Photographic Truth Following the Digitalisation of the Media Landscape.
Janne Seppänen, Tampere University
Jukka Häkkinen, University of Helsinki
Mika Elo, University of the Arts Helsinki
- Emotions in Online Digital Media (EMODIM)
Veikko Surakka, Tampere University
Thomas Olsson, Tampere University
- Automated trolling and fake news generation in future social media: Computational and empirical investigations of the threat and its implications
Antti Salovaara, Aalto University
- #Agents- Young People’s Agency in Social Media
Terhi-Anna Wilska, University of Jyväskylä
Katariina Salmela-Aro, University of Helsinki
Aki-Mauri Huhtinen, National Defence University
Vilma Luoma-aho, University of Jyväskylä
- Mediating expertise and scientific knowledge in public debates on health (MEX)
Esa Väliverronen, University of Helsinki
Piia Jallinoja, Tampere University
Hanna Nohynek, National Institute for Health and Welfare
MediaSoc steering group (until 31 Dec 2021):
- Erkki Karvonen, Research Council for Culture and Society, chair
- Kia Lindroos, Research Council for Culture and Society
- Kirsimarja Blomqvist, Research Council for Culture and Society
- Antti Ylä-Jääski, Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Ulla Koski, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
- Aleksi Neuvonen, Demos Helsinki
- Risto Vilkko, Programme Manager, tel. +358 29 533 5136
- Mikko Ylikangas, Programme Manager, tel. +358 29 533 5143
- Ritva Helle, Coordinator, tel. +358 29 533 5023
Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi.