2004 the Public Connection project developed a close relationship with
researchers from the Institute of Communication Research, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professors Bruce Williams and Andrea Press
decided to adapt the project’s diary-based methodology to a new study,
funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) based in Illinois and
timed to coincide with the build-up to, and aftermath of, the US
Presidential election of 2004.
2004 the Public Connection team have had regular research meetings with
the US project (in London in November 2004 and July 2005, and in New York
in May 2005) and will present a joint panel on the two projects to the
annual conference of the International Communication Association in
Dresden 19-23 June 2006 (for
details see http://www.icahdq.org/events/conference/2006/conf2006_PROGRAM.asp)
result, we hope, will be some detailed comparative analysis and writing
over the next 2 years.
Public Connection project has also developed links with other academics
researching the links between media and democracy in Europe and Australia,
specifically Peter Dahlgren (University of Lund, Sweden), Kim Schroder
(Roskilde University, Copenhagen, Denmark), Joke Hermes (University of
Amsterdam, Holland), Stewart Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark (University
of Colorado, USA) and Ien Ang (Centre for Cultural Research, University of
Western Sydney, Australia). We will present a panel on comparative
perspectives on media and democracy at the ICA in Dresden in June 2006 (as
above) which brings together a number of these researchers. Nick Couldry
will also run a seminar with Peter Dahlgren on media and citizenship at
Sodertorns University, Stockholm, on May 17-18 2006.
Further material on comparative research will be posted on this section of the site as these exchanges develop.