Media have always been entangled with social transformations. The Media | Transformation department explores the socio-political implications of the educational technologies used in schools. It asks what schools do with media and what media do with schools. In this sense, we understand school as a social space in which power relations and discourses are reproduced and interrupted. Projects explore national, international and transnational settings, and investigate historical and contemporary processes.
The department has three priority areas: In the first, we adopt a critical approach to educational technology, examining the structural shifts which are unfolding in today’s post-digital schools, at a time when digital technology has become the unmarked background to contemporary life. In the second, ethnographically inspired projects explore how media (from textbooks to blackboards, interactive apps and cloud solutions) are used in schools today. The third priority area investigates the implications of digital technology for teaching history, social studies and related school subjects.