Veranstaltungen | Events - Part 72

posted by PP on 2006/02/04 03:14

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Another four interesting Contributions on our Workshop passed and for three of them there are Abstracts available, "here and now"...
  • Olena Fedyuk: Exporting Ukraine West and East: Ruslana vs. Serdjuchka:
    Based on the analysis of two bright Ukrainian pop stars, this paper seeks to find the role of the ideological demand of a certain portrayal of Ukraine to which both artists have responded in their particular way. The choice of these pop personae is based not only on the level of success and brightness of their stage images, but also on the fact that they both build up their public image on the fact of their Ukrainianness. Thus, Ruslana has become popular all over the world as a "Hutsul princess of the wild dances," while Verka Serdjuchka is a popular jester personage of a pop star from the Ukrainian boonies.
    On the one hand, while Serdjuchka’s comic art is impossible to understand without an intimate familiarity with post-Soviet realities, I will look for the ideological background that may have caused Serdjuchka’s particular popularity in Russia even more so than in Ukraine itself. On the other hand, while Ruslana’s project was specifically targeted to succeed abroad of Ukraine and in Europe in particular, the paper will show that it is also built to respond to European fantasies of the wild, exotic and unknown Eastern Europe.
  • Angelika W. Wyka: Berlusconization of the mass media in East Central Europe – the new danger of Italianization?
    For the great majority of researchers concerned with democratization, the problems of East Central Europe caused by the absence of democratic values, civil society and public sphere deficiency, and consequently the poor quality of democracy, deeply affect the relationship between the political elites and the mass media. Despite the fact that the ouster of communism freed the media from political influence, it is hardly possible to talk about fully independent mediums of mass communication. The mass media themselves have remained under governmental supervision and have been dependent upon the parties and ruling elites. Instead, the media should be the sound and reliable watchdogs of democracy controlling the government and business interests as well as “caring about” the public.
    It is often said that the politicization of the mass media in post-Soviet Europe has been one of the most significant obstacles making the consolidation of democracy more difficult.
    Some academics describe the media system emerging in East Central Europe as a “pluralistic system of party-oriented mass media promoting a set of political interests or views”. This is nothing less than the so-called “Italianization of the mass media”. This kind of media system is associated with Italy because it reflects what happened in the country during the 1990s, when (1) strong political control was maintained over the media, (2) the level of media partisanship was very high, (3) the level of integration between media practitioners and politicians was strong, and (4) journalists’ professionalism was weak. In addition, the next stage of Italianization as a new danger for the countries of East Central Europe, namely Berlusconization, has been identified as well. This phenomenon relates to providing the audience with mainly sensational information and low-quality entertainment as well as permanent control over TV.
    Generally speaking, in the countries of East Central Europe these characteristics can easily be found.


Senior Editor

Seitenwechsel. Geschichten vom Fußball. Hgg. v. Samo Kobenter u. Peter Plener. Wien: Bohmann 2008, 237 pp.
(Weitere Informationen hier)
Transcarpathica. Germanistisches Jahrbuch Rumänien 3-4/2004-2005. Hgg. v. Andrei Corbea-Hoisie u. Alexander Rubel. Bukarest/Bucuresti: Editura Paideia 2008, 336 pp.
[Die online-Fassung meines Einleitungsbeitrags "Thesen zur Bedeutung der Medien für Erinnerungen und Kulturen in Mitteleuropa" findet sich auf Kakanien revisited (Abstract / .pdf).]
Seitenweise. Was das Buch ist. Hgg. v. Thomas Eder, Samo Kobenter u. Peter Plener. Wien: Bundespressedienst 2010, 480 pp.
(Weitere Informationen hier wie da, v.a. auch do. - und die Rezension von Ursula Reber findet sich hier [.pdf].)
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