Mats Hyvönen (Program Coordinator)

mathyvMy dissertation in Media and Communication Studies, published in 2014, analyzed the self-images of Swedish local newspapers between 1920 and 2010. It contributed to the study of the media history of the press by analyzing how local newspapers have articulated what they are, what they do, how, why and for whom from the time of the modernization of the press after the First World War to the changing media landscape of today. The study concluded with a historical periodization covering four sub-periods in which very different aspects of “newspaper” were prominent in the self-images. The overall conclusion of the dissertation was that the meaning production of the local newspapers have undergone significant changes in the period studied and that these changes show why the meanings of “the newspaper” and “the press” cannot be formulated in timeless concepts.

Another area of interest is the formation of academic media studies in Sweden from the early 1960s and onwards. I am currently developing (together with colleagues from Umeå University and University of Gävle) a project that asks the question “Where does knowledge about media originate?” Departing from discussions and conceptualizations around the notion of ‘mass media’ in different academic and non-academic contexts, the aim of this project is to examine the rise of media studies in a Swedish context. A pivotal idea is that media studies emerged at the intersection between educational systems, academy, the media industry and media politics.

I am also preparing a research project on rural public spheres in a shifting media environment in a globalizing world. From the outside urban viewpoint life in “the rural” is often characterized as vulnerable (e.g. lacking infrastructure, culture, jobs and opportunities) while from the inside it is sometimes understood as autonomous. One central question in this project concerns the tensions and differences between internal first person views (of e.g. local newspaper reporters and readers) and external third person views (of e.g. politicians and researchers) on “the local” and “the rural”.

I am planning, together with Maria Karlsson (EV),  a  project on radio documentaries. We will participate in the workshop “Mapping Vulnerability in Contemporary Scandinavia”, in December 2017 in Kristiansand, Norway. It is meant to be the starting point of a network that will develop theories and exchange ideas on vulnerability in relation to the arts and media in Scandinavia.

Contact information: mats.hyvonen@antro.uu.se

Publications

Monograph

2014monographLokalpressens självbilder 1920-2010: Exemplet Gävleborg. Mittuniversitetet, Diss. Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet.

Anthology

2015Massmedieproblem: Mediestudiets formering, eds. Mats Hyvönen, Pelle Snickars and Per Vesterlund. Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv.

Articles

2017Rankningar och medialiseringen av universitetet. In Kunskap, motstånd, möjlighet, eds. Ulrika Serrander and Peder Thalén. Farsta: Molin & Sorgenfrei.
2017Periferin i centrum (with M. Gustavsson) . In Ikaros, 2017:2.
2017The Formation of Swedish Media Studies, 1960–1980 (with Pelle Snickars and Per Vesterlund). In Media History, 2017
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2016Marknaden kan inte längre finansiera seriös journalistik. In Respons, 2016:6
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2016Rankings and Mediatization of University. In Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, ed. Michael A. Peters. Singapore: Springer, 2016.
2016Tillväxthögskolan: ett ideologiskt projekt. In Ikaros, 2016:1.
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2015Mediekritik i pocketformat: Massmedieproblem i debattböcker 1965 till 1975. In Massmedieproblem: Medistudiets formering, eds. Mats Hyvönen, Pelle Snickars and Per Vesterlund. Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv, 2015.
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2015Mediestudiets formering: En introduktion (with Snickars, P. and Vesterlund, P.). In Massmedieproblem: Medistudiets formering, eds. Mats Hyvönen, Pelle Snickars and Per Vesterlund. Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv, 2015.
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2015Efterord (with Snickars, P. and Vesterlund, P.). In Massmedieproblem: Medistudiets formering, eds. Mats Hyvönen, Pelle Snickars and Per Vesterlund. Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv, 2015.
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2014Det vakande världsögat: Global överblick genom lokala dagstidningar 1935 till 1970. In Återkopplingar, eds. Marie Cronqvist, Patrik Lundell and Pelle Snickars. Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv.
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2012The Foundations of Knowledge According to the Knowledge Foundation. In Transformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market: The Breakdown of Scientific Thought. eds. Sharon Rider, Alexandra Waluszewski and Ylva Hasselberg. Dordrecht: Springer Verlag.
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2009Idrott mellan nationalkänsla och lokalpatriotism (with Eva Åsén Ekstrand). In Fram träder Bergslagen: Nytt ljus över gammal region, ed. Maths Isacson. Västerås: Penta Plus.

2007Bilder av det ’goda’ arbetet. In Medier & politik: Om arbetarrörelsens mediestrategier under 1900-talet, eds. Mats Jönsson and Pelle Snickars. Stockholm: Statens ljud- och bildarkiv.
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