Events Episode 2: Media, Cities and Space at ECREA 2022 in Aarhus

Mobile podcast van in Aarhus, Denmark.
Dokk1 / Jyllandsposten mobile podcast van in Aarhus, Denmark. Source: Scott Rodgers
In the latest episode of our Events podcast series, Lisa Schulze, Karin Larsson, Mortiz Schweiger and Derya Özkan discuss their recent research on media, cities and space with Erasmus Mundus journalism students.

This episode, part of the Mediapolis Now Events series, includes excerpts from four interviews from the 9th European Communication Conference, held in Aarhus, Denmark, 19–22 October 2022. The ECC is the biennial conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association, and in 2022, the conference theme was ‘Rethink Impact’, exploring how communication studies (broadly defined) interacts with, impacts on, and reflects society. The four interviews here are with scholars who presented at the conference, in one of the sessions organised through ECREA’s Section on Media, Cities and Space.

Each of the interviews were recorded in a compact, mobile podcast van — a collaboration between the Aarhus public library Dokk1 and the newspaper Jyllandsposten. During the conference, the van was parked outside one of the main conference buildings on the Aarhus University campus.

All four interviews were facilitated by Christoph Raetzsch, executive produced by Jay-vee Marasigan Pangan, with Chance Dorland as audio engineer and trainer. The interviews themselves were hosted by the Erasmus Mundus Journalism students from Aarhus University. The hosts are credited below, alongside the guests, producer and support staff.

Lisa Schulze

The first interview is with Lisa Shulze, who spoke with Martina Hrgović. The producer was Saskia Reimann, with Nariman Moustafa on staff. Lisa is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, in Austria. We jump in here with Martina briefly asking Lisa about her background, before turning to the research she presented at the conference, exploring how wheelchair users in five German cities navigate their movements with the help of digital and other media.

Karin Larsson

In the second interview, Karin Larsson speaks with Marcela Sánchez. The producer was Abhishek Kumar, with Ramisha Ali on staff. Karin is a doctoral candidate in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, in Stockholm, Sweden. We join Marcela asking Karin about her background, before turning to the research she presented at the conference, around VDNKh, a Stalinist exhibition area in Moscow. They discuss how Karin came to study this site, and what it reveals about urban mediations of authoritarian and national-conservative tendencies in Russia today.

Mortiz Schweiger

In our third interview, you will hear Moritz Schweiger speaking with Malene Solheim. The producer was Andy Peñafuerte III, with Abhishek Kumar on staff. Moritz is a doctoral candidate in the Department for Media, Knowledge and Communication at Augsburg University in Germany. We come in with Malene asking Moritz about his main object of research, augmented reality. They go on to discuss the many possibilities and problems of these technologies for urban life, and even societies in general.

Derya Özkan

Finally, we join Derya Özkan being interviewed by Radha Puranik, with Saskia Reimann producing and Nariman Moustafa on staff. Derya is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communication at Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. We pick up here with Radha turning to the feedback Derya received at the conference, before they move on to exploring her research project, which created an ambitious, publicly accessible digital map of former movie theaters, presenting them as cultural heritage sites in İzmir, Turkey.


Rodgers, Scott. "Events Episode 2: Media, Cities and Space at ECREA 2022 in Aarhus." Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture 8, no. 1 (March 2023)
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