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What is it we are doing in online discussion forums? Who are we talking to? And how are we talking?

Photo: Katerina Smetanina, IMK, UiO. Illustrasjon.

About the project

What is it we are doing in online discussion forums? Who are we talking to? Are we talking to each other, to ourselves or to a vague idea of 'the public'? What are we talking about? And just as importantly: how are we talking? How agitated are we becoming while interacting in these forums? What affects and emotions do we vent and exchange there in what ways? Can we speak of a distinct culture of interaction that we are establishing there? And, if so,how does this impact on society at large? These are the questions which we will try to answer in the course of this project.

Expected results

The findings will be presented along with the project's implementation, among others through academic and popular science articles, practical seminars and events as well as by presentations on international conferences. The master level course «Internet, Self and Society» (MEVIT 4616, which is starting in spring 2016) will bring forward general theoretical and methodical research focus.


The project is financed by FRIHUMSAM (Research Council of Norway) for the time period between 2014 and 2018.


This is an independent research project, however it benefits of a wide network of researchers in Norway and internationally (Germany and Great Britain). In particular: Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS), The Psychosocial Studies Group of the British Sociological Association, The Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex University, the Departments of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, and Freie Universität Berlin, the Arbeitskreis Tiefenhermeneutik in Frankfurt, The International Research Group for Psychosocietal Analysis (SQUID Group) etc.

Published Feb. 26, 2016 2:23 PM - Last modified Jan. 8, 2019 11:06 AM


For questions about the project, please contact postdoctor Steffen Krüger