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Ph.D. Course

Aarhus University, Media Studies,

Wednesday, March 28, 2012. 11 am – 6 pm


Researching Mobile and Locative Media

Methods and Ethics

Instructors and organizers:

Rich Ling, IT-University Copenhagen,

Jonas Larsen, Roskilde University.

Charles Ess, Aarhus University

Anne Marit Waade, Aarhus University

Sarah Schorr, Ph.D. Fellow, Aarhus University



We invite Ph.D. students who deal with mobile media as a cultural, spatial and social phenomenon to participate in a Ph.D. course at Aarhus University. In this course, we will emphasize the methodological approaches, as well as the ethical questions that surround the empirical study of mobile and locative media. For example, the use of mobile methods is one way to study mobile media, whereas mobility and conversation analyses offer another approach for researching mobile media. Furthermore, mobile media might even be used as a method and tool to study specific cultural and social phenomenon. The methods reflect and inform the basic research questions, particularly in the context of design, aesthetics, communication, sociality or media use.

As technologies such as smart phones, tablets, digital cameras and GPS receivers enable the facile registration of location in research settings, which methods effectively investigate the potential of this component of mobility? As our physical location becomes a research element, the rest of our exploration must consider this loaded variable. The methodological challenges also include some ethical considerations on how far and in which ways we can intervene in people’s private and everyday lives. This course encourages Ph.D. students to contemplate these connections, implications, and questions in the context of their Ph.D. project.


Preliminary program:

Wednesday – March 28      Preliminary program


Coffee, welcome


Rich Ling: Keynote I (30 minutes)
Q&A  (15 minutes)


(15 minutes for each presentation, 5 minutes Q&A)

Lela Mosemghvdlishvili, “Changing power dynamics: App development for Smartphones”

Kárita Francisco, “Living with mobile phone: comparative study of the use of mobile phones by 8 to 12 year-old-children in Portugal and Brazil”

Sarah Schorr, “Charting Time and Loss Through Photography in a New Media Landscape”


Coffee/tea break


Louise Nørgaard Glud, “Translating experiences and expectations into possible futures”

Anne-Marie Sanvig Knudsen, “GPS-tracking as a way of doing mobile methods”

Sune Gudiksen, Claus Østergaard, “Mobile co-experiences”




Jonas Larsen: Keynote II (30 minutes)

Q&A  (15 minutes)


Andreas Lieberoth,Learning technologies as autobiographical anchors – the role of mental time travels in mobile learning”

Rikke Haller Baggesen, “How are users today engaging with culture, e.g. fashion, through use of mobile phones and social media?”


Coffee/tea break


Søren Esben Hansen, “Food Events as Behavior Change Communication in Every Day Lives”


Summary Discussion


Informal dinner – Nordens Folkekøkken


Related research workshop 29 – 30 March 2012

All participants in the Ph.D.-course are welcome to take part in the 2-days research workshop on Mobile communication - Mobility, Place and Locative media that take place in Aarhus the following days. We have invited international guests for the workshop, Naomi Baron, US, Leopoldina Fortunati, Italy and Rich Ling, DK. There is a separate registration for the workshop. For more information about the workshop, please contact Charles Ess, Anne Marit Waade or Sarah Schorr at Media Studies, Aarhus University, e-mail: imvsgs@hum.au.dk.

Professor Biographies:

Rich Ling (PhD, University of Colorado in 1984) He has focused his work on the social consequences of mobile communication. He is a professor at the IT University of Copenhagen and at works at Telenor near Oslo, Norway. He has also been the Pohs visiting professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now he holds an adjunct position in that department. He is the author of the book: New Tech, New Ties (MIT).  He is also the author of a book on the social consequences of mobile telephony entitled The Mobile Connection (Morgan Kaufmann) and along with Jonathan Donner he has written the book Mobile Phones and Mobile Communication. He is a founding editor of the Sage journal Mobile Media and Communication, along with Scott Campbell he is the editor of The Mobile Communication Research Series and he is an associate editor for The Information Society.


Jonas Larsen is an Associate Professor in Geography at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is researching mobility, tourism and media. He has been conducting ethnographic studies, and has published on mobile methods and ethnographic studies of mobility. He has recently published The Tourist Gaze 3.0 (2011) together with John Urry. He is also the author of Performativity, Space, and Tourism (2011) as part of the Routledge Handbook of Tourism Geographies: New Perspectives on Space, Place and Tourism and Distance and Proximity (2012) as part of the forthcoming Handbook of Mobilities.


Charles Ess is Professor MSO at the Department of Information and Media Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research works between two distinct but closely interrelated areas, namely media studies (including computer-mediated communication and digital media) and philosophy of information (including philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and ethics as applied to digital media and Internet research). He has published extensively, including as guest editor for special issues of The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Ethics and Information Technology, New Media and Society, and Philosophy and Technology. Recent books include: Digital Media Ethics (Polity Press, 2009); (with Mia Consalvo), The Blackwell Handbook of Internet Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), (with May Thorseth), Trust and Virtual Worlds: Contemporary Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2011) and, forthcoming (with Pauline Cheong, Peter Fischer-Nielsen, Stefan Gelfgren, Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures (Peter Lang, 2012).


Anne Marit Waade is Associate Professor at Media Studies, Department of Aesthetic and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research falls within the areas of media aesthetics, visual culture, mediated tourism and branding culture. She has recently published articles on crime fiction series, crime tourism and travel series, she has co-published the book Medier og turisme [Media and Tourism] with Jakob Linaa Jensen (2009), and co-edited the books Re-Investing Authenticity (2010) and Den skandinaviske krimibestseller og blockbuster (2010) and the special issue of Northern Lights on Crime and Media (2011). Her book Wallanderland about locations in crime series and media induced tourism will be published in 2012.


Ph.D. Project Abstract Submission (250 words max): January 15, 2012. Describe your methodological and ethical approaches and questions, and how it is related to your research question. Successful applicants will be notified by Feb 1, 2012.


Registration for the Ph.D.-course:

Send your abstract to Sarah Shorr: e-mail: imvsgs@hum.au.dk. If you want to take part in the research workshop as well, please tell us when you register.


Preparation and participation for the Ph.D.-course:

-Reading (TBA)

-5-page paper outlining your research due March 1, 2012

-10-minute presentation of your research


Meals, travel and accommodation is on the participant’s own expense.


Credit: 2 ECTS points

Language:  English

Venue: Aarhus University, Media Studies, Faculty of Arts (meeting room TBA)