Prof. dr. Joke Bauwens
Jo(ke) Bauwens is an associated professor and senior researcher in Media & Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2003 she obtained a PhD in social sciences on the topic 'television consumption and citizenship'. As an associated professor at the VUB she currently teaches a course on media sociology. She has done both qualitative and quantitative audience research on the meaning and prominence of television in Western late modern society. Her research interest is mainly focused on what role the media can play in the realization of cultural citizenship and democratic participation. In this context she also collaborated in several projects of news analysis financed by the Flemish Public Service (VRT). Currently she is doing research on the democratic potentials of e-culture. At the RITS (School for Film, Television and Theatre, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel) she has taught a course on media and society.
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