Sebastián Ansaldo

I am a Chilean PhD researcher, with a background in communication studies, media and education. I am interested in the multidisciplinary intersections and interactions between the fields of media and education. Currently I am interested in mediatization research focused on the educational field, conducting a comparative study that seeks to explore the practices and visions of schoolteachers from England and Chile regarding media and technology. With the study I want to analyse how mediatization is reshaping and transforming teachers’ work and their social relations, and what does this mean for teacher`s knowledge re(production), identity and culture. I apply a critical realist approach and a qualitative methodology. 

I studied Journalism and a Master in Communications in Chile and an MPhil in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. I am currently a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge and a member of the Culture, Politics and Social Justice research cluster (CPGJCAM) based in the same faculty. In Chile I have worked in communications for NGOs and government institutions in the educational field. I have always been interested in the different and heterogeneous intersections between communications and education, such as media literacy, technologies for formal learning, media as non-formal education, and media representation of educational issues, among others. 

From the socio-cultural side of the relation between communications and education I have studied school communities and their communicative practices in the construction of identity. From the media side I have studied the opinions and practices of journalists working in educational issues media coverage. Theoretically that type of research has been informed by Latin-American Cultural Studies, Fields Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, Informationalism and others. Now my research has turned to mediatization studies, which essentially tries to capture, on the one hand, the growing spread of technologically based media in society; and on the other hand, how these media are more and more shaping different social domains.

Considering the different approaches and sometimes discrepancies among mediatization researchers I am also informed by Critical Realist Social Theory and social morphogenesis approach to examine ontological assumptions and associated blind spots in media and mediatization research. 

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