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Media and Citizenship: Transnational Television Cultures Reshaping Political Identity in the European Union

Objective

Media & Citizenship studies the ways transnational media, in particular Arabic language television, reshape the political landscapes of citizenship (Area 8.5.1) in the European Union. It provides the first European wide empirical research on the use of Arabic language television and its effect on integration in multicultural societies (Area 8.3.1). After collecting ratings data across 7 EU nations, focus group studies explore how Arabic speakers themselves construct citizenship in the light of their media use, and their adopted national cultures. Models of democratic participation continue to be based on the nation state, while political debate is no longer contained within its boundaries. Concerns around extreme expressions of Islamic fundamentalism on one hand, and the advance of moral panics around a threatening religious difference on the other, have brought Muslim communities into the core of political and media debates about citizenship in Europe. Those communities now have access to a shared ‘public sphere’, the space of Arabic language television. The project will gather quantitative and qualitative comparative empirical data on the use of Arabic language television in Europe, in order to deliver well founded policy advice on issues relating to the media and its regulation. The project works with Arabic speakers on their understandings of citizenship, derived from the media on the one hand and imposed by citizenship testing regimes on the other, in order to involve the community to influence policy at the national and European level. The project will be disseminated to the community through public meetings with stakeholders and a documentary.

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/radio and television
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 588 634
Administrative Contact
Lianne Toussaint (Ms.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 148,40
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nadja Hanhart (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 29 900,25
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kathy Brownridge (Ms.)
OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 112 412,15
Address
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Ljungkvist (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS III SORBONNE NOUVELLE
France
EU contribution
€ 85 990
Address
Rue De La Sorbonne 17
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Dubois (Dr.)
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 243 139,20
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ruth Holmes (Ms.)