The Centre will facilitate and advance transnational media research and research practices in order to contribute and make meaningful interventions into contemporary challenges such as migration and other transnational movements, gender politics, societal change and the welfare state, democratic agency and citizenship, ecological crisis or contemporary political challenges.
The Centre considers media in relation to broader developments of globalization, localization and digitalization. Technological and structural media developments, de-territorialization and conglomeratization are key driving forces for trans-border flows that affect not only access to media products and shape patterns of consumption, but also ways of producing and making sense of media, stories and/or news. The Centre considers a range of transnational shifts, identifying a diverse set of debates (but not exclusive) to create different approaches and ways of thinking about race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual politics, national identity, nationality and nationalism, forms of transnational storytelling, transnational media activism (such as #MeToo and fourth-wave feminism), media content adaption across territories, transnational, global or diasporic audiences and users, media genres and platforms, global and transnational flows and counter-flows of media content and talent or the transnational and global logics of the creative industries.
National-based categories are no longer viable frameworks in an age of global media flows and cross-border networks. Knowledge and research cannot be siloed into discrete, fixed disciplinary areas. Current and future-oriented research, while never leaving behind the national, must also to be trans-disciplinary, trans-cultural, and transnational in its approach and way of thinking.
Four main objectives of CTMR