Media Archive – Social History and Cultural analysis of Cypriot modernization and Post modernity

Main Thematic Areas:

Shifting conceptions of Time and Space in media representations; Construction of Selfhood on the border of Public and Private: Gender and the erotic body;
Conflicting discourses in the construction of the Other in Politics;
The uses of mass passions/ audiences in Sports: from the Everyday to the Ideological;
Representations of Deviance as indicators of Shifting hegemonic frameworks.

Contact/Lead Person(s):

Dr. Andreas Panayiotou

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Description of the main research interests and activities of the team/lab:

This Media Archive – Social History and Cultural analysis of Cypriot modernization and Post modernity team is made up of people teaching in the Journalism Department of Frederick University. The Team’s research/analysis is geared towards a decoding of media representations in a historical context. Since the emergence of modern mass media the Public Sphere coincides with the development of local forms of the Modern. Also, in the late 20th century (Postmodern), the wealth of media signs provides a key opportunity to analyse processes of what Braudel called “the long duree”, which are often not the focus of official [dominated by politics] “history”.  In this context, the fundamental parameters of the “everyday” can be discerned through a cultural analysis of signs which are contextualized in social history. Thus, issues of shifting perceptions of Time and Space, Gender identities, accepted and contested forms of the erotic, Other as “enemy” or “neighbour”, Deviance demonized or silently accepted as hegemonic frameworks shift, provide a context through which the experience of local society (through its internal dynamics and via the external influences which affected it) can be understood in its complexity and be used as a model for analysing and understanding similar social and/or cultural experiences.

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