Research clusters at ERMeCHS

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Within ERMeCHS there are a number of cross-cutting research clusters that intersect with and transcend our various research themes. These clusters of research bring together a unique set of researchers focused in different areas. 

  • GFCP research cluster
    Global Futures, Colonial Pasts (GFCP)
    The most pressing challenges of the future are rooted in the power relations and colonial structures of the past. At ERMeCHS, we want to look at how the legacies of colonialism shape contemporary world order.
  • HI research cluster
    Heritage and Identity (HI)
    Questions about heritage and identity are central to today’s societal challenges, involving citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, power, values, and beliefs. We explore both historical and contemporary dynamics of heritage, from comparative and transnational perspectives.
  • JIM research cluster
    Journalism, Information Technologies and Media Use (JIM)
    The way we organize, present, and consume news and information defines and influences our societies. At the ERMeCHS we study the dynamic interplay between information, technology, and audiences in cultural, political, and societal context.
  • MICS research cluster
    Music, Industry, Culture & Society (MICS)
    Music is one of the most popular and globalized cultural forms. At ERMeCHS, we study the social role of music and the organization of the music industry, focusing on issues of work, well-being, and inequality.
  • HUM-ANDR010D research cluster
    Research in Digital Humanities (Hum-Andr010d)
    How do computational research methods such as text mining and network analysis reshape the humanities and social sciences? And more broadly: how do they reshape our understanding of past, present and future? At ERMeCHS, Hum-Andr010d addresses these urgent questions.
  • REACT research cluster
    Responsible Engagement with AI, Culture and Technology (REACT)
    Critical developments in new media and communication technologies have changed our everyday social and cultural experiences. The REACT cluster focuses on an appropriate engagement with digitalisation and AI which have permeated every aspect of our lives with profound implications.
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    Responsible Organizations: Communication, Change and Society (ROCCS)
    The responsibilities and roles of organizations continue to change and adjust to contemporary societal challenges. At ERMeCHS we conduct interdisciplinary research to address the dynamic interplay of organizations, media, and publics.
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    Sustainable Transitions in Culture & Societies (STiCS)
    This research cluster unites researchers exploring sustainability transitions from cultural, sociological, economic, and media angles to tackle some of humanities most complex environmental and societal challenges.
  • VISUAL research cluster
    The Visual in Media, Culture, Society & History (VISUAL)
    Visuality shapes the world around us, from fashion and architecture to presentations of the self in digital media. At ERMeCHS we discuss the theoretical and methodological implications and further develop our understanding of the visual in culture and society.
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    Popular Culture and Inequalities (PCI)
    PCI explores cultural boundaries between social groups through the lens of popular culture to foster inclusive futures, drawing on a nuanced understanding of the past and present.
  • ViCE research cluster
    Value in the Creative Economy (ViCE)
    Value-making is central to a vigorous Creative Economy ecosystem. We want to deeply understand the processes and practices through which value is created, produced, distributed, and interpreted by various actors in the cultural and creative sectors and industries (CCSIs).
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    Virtual Environments, Games and Society (VEGAS)
    Virtual Environments and Games create opportunities for simulations that are rich in diverse experiences. VEGAS wants to understand the chances, challenges, impacts and importance of these interactive media for society.

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