Call for Papers (EN)

Mediatisation and Media Socialisation:

Complementary or Competing Perspectives?

18/19 September 2014

Joint conference of the Sociology of Media Communication division of DGPuK, the Media
and Communication Sociology section of DGS
and the DFG Priority Program 1505 Mediatised Worlds

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When it comes to the integration of different media into everyday life and the consequences of these processes for growing up and living together in the short, medium and long term, the research areas mediatisation and media socialisation are currently at the forefront. One important commonality of the two research areas is their emphasis on a processual perspective, i.e. focussing on questions of communicative, social and cultural change. Media socialisation research has produced many empirical studies over the past decades dealing with the reception and adoption of the various kinds of (mostly) new media, yet it has also been bemoaned that there is a lack of media socialisation theory. The relatively new field of mediatisation has so far been dominated by theoretical works, while there is a demand for more studies that would deliver results to substantiate the approach.

It seems logical to combine mediatisation and media socialisation conceptually and understand them as complementary research fields whose representatives could mutually inspire and learn from one another. Mediatisation theory works explicitly or implicitly along the assumption that socialisation conditions change during the development of new media (environments) and their adoption. Conversely, media socialisation research is legitimised by the change in media and the resulting social and cultural change, which merits continuous observation. As far as this relationship goes, however, the correlations between the concepts in general and between the intrinsically heterogeneous perspectives on socialisation and mediatisation have barely been worked out yet. Both research fields also share problems such as the open question as to how, beyond microsociological explorations, they can deliver on zealous explanatory and interpretational claims (e.g. “mediatisation as a metaprocess”; “media socialisation as social integration”), or in other words what is the relationship between the necessarily limited empiricism and the theoretical reflection upon overarching consequences of medial change.

The aim of the conference “Mediatisation and Media Socialisation” is to intensify the dialogue between the two research areas, to explore relations and ‘task sharings’, to discuss affinities as well as incompatibilities, and to develop perspectives for mediatisation research and media socialisation research.

The call is for papers presenting theoretical and/or empirical results that:

  • trace back the historical development of mediatisation and/or media socialisation research and, based on this, identify priorities (at national level and/or internationally comparative);
  • discuss the present status and current challenges of mediatisation research and/or media socialisation research;
  • outline the relationship between the two research approaches in terms of where they overlap and where their boundaries lie;
  • attempt to correlate the structural levels and aspects of action systematically in mediatisation research and/or media socialisation research;
  • reveal the practical dimensions and research paths of media socialisation and mediatisation.


Please submit only extended abstracts (of max. 4000 characters or 500 words) in digital form to the conference organisers by 31 March 2014 at the latest. The response regarding participation will be given by 15 May 2014 at the latest.

Chair of Media and Communication | University of Siegen | Faculty of Philosophy

Dr. des Wolfgang Reißmann

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Hoffmann