Media as public good and a lever of sustainability

Academia Europaea Section ‘Film, Media and Visual Studies’ Pre-conference Workshop

Sunday, 3 September 2017
3.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Széchenyi István Sq. 9
H-1051 Budapest

Class chair, professor Kirsten Drotner, University of Southern Denmark.

Media as public good and as cultural heritage
In late modern society, a key catalyst of social sustainability is a vital political and cultural citizenship based on an accessible communicative infrastructure for all citizens. In this sense the media can be considered a public good, providing citizens with the information resources needed to orient themselves in the social world, and the communication means to act in it. Recent changes in the economic and administrative organization of the European media have thoroughly altered the conditions for the media to act in this capacity. There is a profound need to analyse the consequences of these changes affecting the ways in which our informational and cultural institutions work, as well as the realistic remedies to present threats to public knowledge, and for just and equal access to cultural heritage.


  • Professor Nick Couldry,
    London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • Professor Graham Murdock,
    Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • Professor Liesbet van Zoonen,
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Media culture as a lever of sustainability
It is well-known that complex constellations of media practices act as catalysts of coherence, coordination and interaction both for individuals, groups and larger societal networks. But how do these mediated practices foster cultures of communication that serve as enablers of sustainability? How does mediated sustainability play out at individual, group and wider networked levels? Which are the constraints of current media cultures for the development of sustainability? Panelists will address these questions and illuminate their answers by insights drawn from their own research.


  • Professor Fausto Colombo,
    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • Professor Johan Fornäs,
    Södertörn University, Sweden
  • Professor Leopoldina Fortunati,
    University of Udine, Italy
  • Professor Anne Jerslev,
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark.