Digital Communication and Aesthetics
The research group on Digital Communication and Aesthetics examines the theoretical and practical implications of the ongoing digitalization of media, culture, and society. The group undertakes joint as well as individual projects, has been in existence since 2002, and is headed by professor Klaus Bruhn Jensen.
Activities within the research group on Digital Communication and Aesthetics include monthly seminars, in addition to conferences and workshops.
Central research questions
The ongoing digitalization of culture and society poses a number of significant challenges for media and communication research. Departing from humanistic and social-scientific traditions and methodologies, the research group focuses on new forms of communication and aesthetic expression:
- The remediation of 'old' media, for example, the interrelations of television programs and websites, digital production and distribution of film, and internet marketing;
- The distinctive features of 'new' media, for example, political websites, online computer gaming, and social network sites;
- The potential of 'emerging' media, for example, mobile services, ubiquitous computing, and the Internet of Things.
Digital networks are among the most flexible and universally applicable technologies ever invented by humans. But the many significant variations in the social uses of the internet around the world remain poorly understood. The PIN project compares the current state and future potential of the internet in three centers of the global economy and world politics – China, Europe, and the United States – focusing on the interplay of civil society with the other two key sectors of modern societies: market and state. The internet represents the global communication infrastructure of the twenty-first century – a resource for the peoples of the world to monitor and address established political and economic powers.
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- Klaus Bruhn Jensen (Professor, PI)
- Rasmus Helles (Associate professor, co-PI)
- Jun Liu (Associate professor)
- Jacob Ørmen (Assistant professor)
- Chris Su (Postdoc)
- Signe Sophus Lai (PhD student)
- Jesper Pagh (PhD student)
- Fiona Zeng (PhD student)
DGI is a national umbrella organization that serves more than 6000 local sport associations and clubs in Denmark. This research project examines children and young people’s perspective on esport in sports clubs. E-sport has so far been a ‘bedroom culture’ played in private contexts, but with DGI’s venture on esport, the phenomenon has become part of a Danish sport culture. Danish sports culture is historically rooted in a grassroots tradition; built on humanistic and democratic values. In continuation of this, it is our intention to create knowledge about children and young people’s motivation to join a sport club to play digital games. By asking children and young people themselves, we will learn more about how they create new individual skills and social competences in these environments – in- as well as outside the game; with the team – at training or at competitions. As a part of this, we will examine how these new gaming environments contribute to including and forging identities in a sports community.
- Anne Mette Thorhauge (Associate professor)
- Anne Brus (Postdoc)
- Maja Plum (Postdoc)
Personal media enable us to be ‘always on’ and to interlace contexts of everyday life. As such they have been said to indicate a structural and cultural shift in the balance between two key spheres of life: personal and work life. This shift involves the perceived significance and importance of work over personal life as a source of meaning for people’s everyday lives. This project posits that the premise for this cultural shift is developments at the level of communication. If we are indeed witnessing such underlying structural and cultural changes of the day-to-day life worlds we inhabit, these changes manifest themselves in individuals’ changing communication practices and management of media. The project is grounded in empirical studies of critical cases of the blurring of work and personal life (e.g. enterprise social media, self-tracking in corporate wellness programs). We analyze how people orient themselves to, experience and manage the relationship between work and personal life by way of communicative practices in and around these phenomena, and how these practices contribute to the blurring, reshaping and hybridization of personal and professional genres of communication. The project runs from 2018-2021 and is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
- Stine Lomborg (Associate professor, PI)
- Christoffer Bagger (PhD student)
- Kristian Ahm (Research assistant)
Consumer health information technologies such as wearable activity trackers are increasingly being considered to improve chronic care management. The project explores patients’ experiences using consumer devices, developed outside the clinic, for tracking activity as part of living with chronic heart disease. We are particularly interested in how political visions of self-care are realized or hampered by delegating part of the responsibility for care to self-tracking devices, and by introducing activity data to the clinical context of care. 27 heart-arrhythmia patients who have an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) participate in the study. They are all equipped with a Fitbit Alta HR tracker that measures and visualizes steps taken, heart rate, sleep patterns etc., and we follow them over time through their tracking data and by way of repeated face-to-face interviews on their self-tracking experiences, what they learn from the data, and how and to what extent they use it as part of managing their chronic disease. The project runs from 2018-2019 and is a collaboration between researchers in Computer Science, Public Health and Communication and IT. The project is funded by the SCAUT consortium.
- Tariq Andersen (Assistant professor)
- Henriette Langstrup (Associate professor)
- Stine Lomborg (Associate professor)
The Health Platform (Sundhedsplatformen) which is used in the public hospitals in the Capital Region and the Region Zealand is to date one of the largest digital commitments in the public healthcare system in Denmark. It is provided by the American EPIC systems, and is also implemented in UK, Australia, The Netherlands, US and elsewhere with different results. The Health Platform and the related patient portal My Chart are part of a larger and complex digital communication infrastructure that links health care professionals, citizens and government agencies in Denmark. The project has two core aims. One, to develop an understanding of the experiences, expectations, opportunities and challenges that the Health Platform presents to clinicians, patients and hospital management, in relation to the political vision of patients becoming active partners and collaborators with clinicians. Two, to chart and evaluate the data flows about patients in the platform as a basis for providing ethics recommendations for the value-based development of the platform, focusing on the safe, responsible and accountable data management in technology-supported patient-empowerment. The project is a collaboration between researchers from the Center for Communication and Computing and Bispebjerg Hospital and is funded by seed money from the participating centers.
- Camilla Moring (Associate professor)
- Stine Lomborg (Associate professor)
- The Abdominal Center at Bispebjerg Hospital)
|Ahm, Kristian Redhead||Research assistant||+45 353-28336|
|Bagger, Christoffer||PhD fellow||+45 353-34104|
|Breindahl, Charlie||Part-time lecturer||+45 353-28100|
|Bucher, Taina||Associate professor||+45 353-28852|
|Driessens, Olivier||Assistant professor, tenure track||+45 353-31044|
|Flensburg, Sofie||PhD Fellow||+45 353-32984|
|Gregersen, Andreas Lindegaard||Associate professor||+45 353-28092|
|Helles, Rasmus||Associate professor||+45 353-29187|
|Jensen, Klaus Bruhn||Professor||+45 353-28104|
|Lai, Signe Sophus||PhD fellow||+45 60 22 34 55|
|Liu, Jun||Associate professor||+45 353-28416|
|Lomborg, Stine||Associate professor||+45 353-28105|
|Mahnke, Martina Skrubbeltrang||Postdoc||+45 52 71 07 94|
|Pagh, Jesper||PhD fellow||+45 353-37297|
|Su, Chris||Postdoc||+45 353-32402|
|Thorhauge, Anne Mette||Associate professor||+45 353-28132|
|Zeng, Fiona Huijie||PhD fellow||+45 353-34049|
|Ørmen, Jacob||Assistant professor||+45 353-28874|
The research group collaborates with the Centre for Communication and Computing (CCC) - a multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty initiative within the University of Copenhagen, joining expertise from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities.
Master's thesis students
Thesis students are invited to participate in the research group. Please see the instructions for applicants.
Events - Spring 2019
Monthly seminars, Thursdays in room 14.3.38 at different times, see below.
Agenda: announcements, presentations as listed below, AOB
February 14 - 13:00 - 15
- Anne Mette Thorhauge: E-sports
- Cecilie Astrupgaard et al.: Debating climate change on social media
March 7 - 13:00 - 15
- Christoffer Bagger: Workplace by Facebook - Professionalization, Private Life, and Platforms
- Chris Su: Studying apps
April 11 - 13:30 - 15:30
- Andreas Gregersen & Jacob Ørmen: Globalizing YouTube: The emergence of production practices on the world’s largest streaming service
- Rasmus Helles: Tracking the trackers - the case of Denmark
May 2 - 13:30 - 15:30
- Jun Liu: Making sense of the uses of information and communication technologies as contentious repertoires
- Nian Liu & Jun Liu: Emotional mobilization in online activism in China
- Fiona Zeng: Everyday internet use in China’s platform society