Norbert Wildermuth

by Admin on 5 November 2009

MEDIeA project:
Kenyan NGOs engaging ICT for development: a comparative study

Norbert Wildermuth is associate professor in Social Media at the Department of Communication, Journalism and Information Technologies at Roskilde University, Denmark. He has an MA in Media Studies from Technische Universität Berlin (1990) and Ph.D. studies at the Department for Film and Media Studies of Copenhagen University (1998‐2002). He has published on issues of media globalisation, including his research project “A Cultural Economy of Satellite Television in India”. His fieldwork experience includes studies in Zambia, Vietnam and Brazil as part of the collaborative, interdisciplinary research project “Youth and the City: Skills, Knowledge and Social Reproduction” (2001-2005). In recent years, his qualitative research focus on young people and their everyday media uses has developed into a core interest in questions of digital empowerment and e-participation, including his research project “Youth engaging ICTs for development: a comparative study of participatory communication and new media in Nepal and Brazil”.

From 2009 and until 2013 he is principal investigator of the collaborative research program Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa (MEDIeA). He is a member of the international research network Ørecomm. Until recently he was member of the University of Southern Denmark’s strategic, interdisciplinary research committee Viden, Læring og Medier (wLearn).

Recent publications

Wildermuth, Norbert (2009) “Media Events and Gendered Identities in South Asia : Miss World going ‘Deshi’” in Nick Couldry; Andreas Hepp and Friedrich Krotz (eds.) Media Events in a Global Age. London: Routledge.

Wildermuth, Norbert (2008) “Constrained Appropriations: Practices of Media Consumption and Imagination amongst Brazilian Teens” in Kirsten Drotner and Sonia Livingstone (eds.) International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. London: AAAI Press.

Wildermuth, Norbert (2008) “The Work of the Imagination: Young People’s Media Appropriation in Three Cities” in Karen Tranberg Hansen (ed.) Youth and the City in the Global South. Bloomington: Heinemann.

Norbert Wildermuth may be contacted at