Who are we?
The Children, Youth and Media Temporary Working Group (TWG) serves as a Europe-wide network for researchers and educators interested in the analysis of all kinds of media- and communication-related activities undertaken by, for, and about children and young people.
Children are people, and singular individuals and citizens. Despite this, even after decades of scholarly research, children are still in many cases treated as something exceptional, either as ‘special’, or an afterthought, and even completely overlooked in wider analysis of media societies or media processes or ‘the population’. This leaves gaping holes of knowledge at both ends of the spectrum, by excluding a significant and large part of the population.
What is our aim?
This TWG aims to put a much needed spotlight on children and youth in a thoroughly mediated society, both drawing together and giving visibility to the array of existing theory, findings and perspectives and also stimulating new approaches and further research in this important area.
Chair: Elisabeth Staksrud (University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Vice Chair: David Smahel (Masaryk University – Faculty of Social Studies, Brno, Czech Republic)
Vice Chair: Bieke Zaman (KU Leuven Meaningful Interactions Lab , Leuven, Belgium)