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PhD defended and now available online

I haven't posted here for a year, but there is a reason for that: I have been finishing my PhD thesis! Now it is all over and done - I defended the thesis publicly (in the Danish tradition) on 25th May 2016, and have received my diploma. So I thought it was high time to post an update here.

First, let me point to the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies website, where the PDF version of the thesis can be downloaded: http://www.dasts.dk/?page_id=29 (direct link to PDF).

Second, here is a short blurb about the thesis content that I wrote for the announcement of the defense. There is a longer abstract in the PDF.
Caring for publics - how media contribute to issue politics
The thesis investigates how media become part of processes of formulating issues and organizing publics in practice. It draws on the pragmatist approach to publics developed by Dewey, Lippmann and recent literature in Science and Technology Studies (STS) in order to get out of an idealized notion of public debate, one the one hand, and avoid attributing deterministic effects to media, on the other., Media contributions are instead conceptualized as a ’caring’ for publics, where media are studied as part of an ongoing tinkering with issue articulations and the organization of publics. The thesis specifies how such ’caring for publics’ happens in practice by documenting and analyzing how two different media, a newspaper and a social media platform, contribute to the ongoing development of issues and publics. 

In case you are curious, here is a list of my supervisors and the assessment committee (huge thanks to all of them!):

Assessment committee
Professor MSO Anders Buch, Aalborg Universitet
Professor Fabian Muniesa, Mines ParisTech
Professor Celia Lury, University of Warwick 

Supervisors
Prof. Torben Elgaard Jensen, Aalborg University (main)
Associate Prof. Noortje Marres, University of Warwick 
Director of Research Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford

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