The efficacy of smartphones as mobile media technologies

Abstract

The project looks into the efficacy of smartphones as mobile media technologies with particular characteristics, the most prominent of which is their new appropriation and use logic: The functions are not inscribed into these devices as it is the case with earlier media technologies. Instead, they are universal devices coupled to an app-economy. The process of personalization is an integrative part of their everyday use resulting in individually modified and thus unique smartphones with interfaces that reflect the use practices needed and wanted by the respective user at a certain time. While the project consists on the one hand of the conceptualization of this new logic, it deals on the other hand also with the arising methodological implications and potentials of mobile media technologies for media and communication research: e.g., the smartphone as a snapshot of its use that can be integrated into qualitative elicitation interviews, or the applicability of genuinely mobile apps like the messenger WhatsApp for enhancing self-reporting methodologies.

CMC Staff

Katja Kaufmann (Project Leader)

Lectures

Lectures

  • 08/03/2018 , London
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    When digital connectivity enables physical mobility: The case of Syrian refugees using smartphones on their journey to Austria
    LSE Research Dialogue: Keyword 'Mobility'
  • 28/09/2017 , Lisbon
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    When doing audience research becomes ethically and personally challenging: The case of refugees’ smartphone use on their journey to Europe
    Audiences 2030 conference of the CEDAR network and the Audience and Reception Studies sections of ECREA and YECREA
  • 09/11/2016 , Prag
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    Carrying media diaries into the future: how WhatsApp enhances self-reporting methodologies
    6th European Communication Conference (ECREA)
  • 05/11/2015 , Berlin
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    Mobil, vernetzt, geräteübergreifend: Die Komplexität alltäglicher Smartphone-Nutzung als methodische Herausforderung [Mobile, connected, across multiple devices: The complexity of everyday smartphone use as a methodical challenge]
    Jahrestagung "Medienkommunikation zwischen Komplexität und Vereinfachung - Konzepte, Methoden, Praxis"
  • 25/06/2015 , Tartu
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    Beyond media reception: Developing material artefacts as part of today's everyday media use
    ECREA Audience and Reception Studies Conference 2015: Audience Research in a 'Post-Media' Age
  • 23/06/2015 , Klagenfurt
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    Die Aneignung und Nutzung mobiler app-basierter Endgeräte als ausdifferenzierende Entwicklung materieller Interfaces
    Universitätsöffentliche Präsentation des Dissertationsvorhabens vor dem Doktoratsbeirat Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • 07/05/2015 , Kopenhagen
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    Researching Cross-Media Practices: The Smartphone as a Snapshot of its Use
    International Conference "Users across Media"
  • 03/04/2014 , Lissabon
    Katja Kaufmann: 
    Mobile media practices: The transforming role of the smartphone in everyday shopping contexts
    International Conference on (New) Audience Practices

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Kaufmann, K. (2018). Navigating a new life: Syrian refugees and their smartphones in Vienna. Information, Communication & Society: Aoir Special Issue, 21, 882-898. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2018.1437205
  • Kaufmann, K. (2018). Mit Kriegsflüchtlingen über ihre Smartphone-Nutzung auf der Flucht sprechen: Eine forschungsethische (Selbst)-Reflexion. [Talking with war refugees about their smartphone use on the flight: a (self-)reflection on research ethics]. In M. Prinzing, Köberer, N., & Schröder, M. (Eds.), Migration, Integration, Inklusion. Medienethische Herausforderungen und Potentiale für die digitale Mediengesellschaft (pp. 135-150). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Kaufmann, K. (2018). The smartphone as a snapshot of its use: Mobile media elicitation in qualitative interviews. Mobile Media & Communication: Special Issue On Mobile Methods, 6, 233-246. doi:10.1177/2050157917743782
  • Kaufmann, K. (2015). Die Rolle des Smartphones im Einkaufsalltag: Erkenntnisse aus einer qualitativen Nutzerstudie [The role of the smartphone in everyday shopping culture: Insights from a qualitative user study]. Kommunikation @ Gesellschaft, 26. Retrieved from http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-423023
  • Kaufmann, K., & Winter, C. (2014). Ordinary people: Gewöhnliche Leute als Unternehmer ihrer Popkultur [Ordinary people. Ordinary people as managers of their pop culture]. In U. Breitenborn, Düllo, T., & Birke, S. (Eds.), Gravitationsfeld Pop: Was kann Pop? Was will Popkulturwirtschaft? Konstellationen in Berlin und anderswo (pp. 339-351). Bielefeld: transcript.

Research Papers

Research Papers

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

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