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A diachronic, spatial analysis of the Late Bronze Age site at Dromolaxia-Vyzakia...


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MARI Research Group

The Maritime Cultures Research Institute (MARI) is a fundamental research center that explores how people in or close to a maritime environment created particular ‘fluid’ cultures and societies based on connectivity and transience. Because of this transient role, social, economic and political innovations take place. Seas and coastal areas, including islands, estuarine and riverine environments form indeed liminal zones, where products, people and (their) ideas are exchanged and transformed. Traveling the seas connects people, and coastal and riverine societies are well known for their ‘access’ to the world, both from a material and an immaterial point of view. Liminal makes central, so to speak. From early on, itinerant craftspeople and merchants met in trade hubs and landing places, contributing new forms and ideas, such as early urban communities. The latter lean on contacts and input of artefacts, people and wealth.

Thus, the center focuses on the comparative study of:

  • the investigation of travels, connections and exchanges;
  • access to and transfers of material culture and (cultural) knowledge;
  • the social dynamics related to the migration of traders and craftsmen;
  • the interaction between environmental possibilities and constraints and human behavior;
  • landscape creation as a result of the former;
  • how people adapted to changes in climate and sea level rise;
  • the organization of infrastructure and the use of space in ports, landing places and early towns;
  • the significance and impact of export and import of bulk and luxury wares; and finally
  • a particular ‘maritime’ sense of place and identity

In short, MARI studies what it means to know the sea(s) and what lies beyond, but also the social, economic and political impact of this connectivity to coastal societies. The center’s predominant geographical focus is Europe. It aims to study, compare and connect the archaeology of the North Sea World to the (Eastern) Mediterranean, from Cyprus to Iceland, from prehistory to modernity, though no hard-geographical limit is imposed.

 

 

 

 

 

Disinformation Dynamics


D: MSCA-19-Picone01

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Dealing with Toxic News


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Rethinking public values across European dataspheres


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Understanding Foreign Policy Public Opinion. Examining the determinants, structure and robustness of individual attitudes


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SMIT Research Group

SMIT stands for Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology. Our research group is part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and imec.

Promotor Ike Picone teaches and researches disruptions on the crossroad of journalism, technological innovations and democracy. The thread within his research is the study of news use practices within the broad field of journalism studies. More precisely, his work focuses on ‘productive’ use of new(s) media, conceptualized within his research as self-publication. The scope is to understand how people participate to media as a social practice, and what motivations and thresholds play a role in shaping this practice. His research topics include user participation to online news, the changing relationship between news audiences and journalists and the role of new media;in the emergence of deliberative public spheres.

Dr. Ike Picone is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Senior Researcher within the research group IMEC-SMIT. The threadwithin his research is the study of news use practices within the broad field of journalism studies. More precisely, his work focuses on ‘productive’ use of new(s) media, conceptualized within his research as self-publication. The scope is to understand how people participate to media as a socialpractice, and what motivations and thresholds play a role in shaping this practice.

His research topics include user participation to online news, the changing relationship between news audiences and journalists and the role of new media in the emergence of deliberative public spheres. Within Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology research group (SMIT), he is part of senior staffand responsible for developing the ‘Tackling Disinformation’ research strand, one of the priorities of SMIT’s strategic research agenda for 2019-2020. He is part of the international team working on the renowned yearly Digital News Report of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. His expertise has been acknowledged amongst others through his membership of the Flemish Council for Journalism and the temporary expert group on Fake News of former Belgian Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo. He has been vocal about the issue of disinformation in the Belgian media. He is also a member of the Council for Journalism of Flanders (Belgium).

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