Fellow Dr. phil. Cornelia Bogen

Dr. phil. Cornelia Bogen

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

  Fellow am CAIS von Oktober bis März 2022

Left behind and excluded? Elderly people and the political economy of social media in China and Germany

Whether in democratic societies like Germany or authoritarian states like China – digital capitalism seems to be gaining ground everywhere (Fuchs 2017; 2020). Does the political economy of social media further enhance social inequalities? And are media users affected by different degrees of asymmetric power constellations when different political systems shape digital and demographic change? My media and cultural studies project aims at providing some answers to these questions by focusing on the media use of elderly people as „digital immigrants“ (Prensky 2001) since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Using critical theory, this explorative discourse analysis of social media content investigates how journalists and internet users in China and Germany publicly represented specific problems of the elderly and in what way these were aggravated by barriers in smartphone use. In addition, a survey of technical and social solutions offered by various stakeholders in different cultural contexts is conducted.

Main Research Topics
  • Health communication
  • Intercultural comparison of modernization processes (China-Europe)
  • Political economy of social media
  • Critical digital social research
Curriculum Vitae
  • 2021–2018 Associate professor at the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI), Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 2018–2015 Associate professor at the Department of Art & Media, Tongji University, Shanghai
  • 2014–2010 Postdoctoral studies at the Public Health Research Center, Medical School, Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • 2010–2006 Doctorate in media and communication studies, Graduate School, Center of Excellence „Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge“, Martin–Luther–University Halle–Wittenberg
  • 2006–1999 Magistra Artium, Martin–Luther Universität Halle–Wittenberg and University of Sheffield/England (British and American Studies; Media and Communication Studies; Political Science)
Publications and Lectures

Bogen, Cornelia (angenommen, im Druck). „Kunst im Dienst politischer Propaganda? Zum Umgang mit ‘Corona-Helden’ in der chinesischen Popkultur”. Beitrag für den Sammelband Pandemien in der Populärkultur, hgs. von Arno Görgen, Eugen Pfister und Tobias Eichinger.

Bogen, Cornelia & Bo Meinertsen (2020). „‘The Middle Kingdom on the High Seas‘: Value Crisis in Modern Chinese Society”. In: Truong Ngoc Nam & Tran Hai Minh (eds.). Value education in the context of social integration in Vietnam today. Southeast Asian Philosophical Studies, Volume 9 (The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change). Washington, DC/ USA: Gibbons Hall, pp. 23-36. ISBN: 9781565183414.

Bogen, Cornelia (2019). “Travelling media structures. Adaptation and demarcation in China’s public SARS discourse”. In: On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture, issue 8 „Distribution“, 2019, URL: <https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-8/travelling-media-structures/>.

„Diabetes in the media – a cross-cultural comparison of Chinese and German public discourse“. Medical Humanities Research Group, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Seminar Series, Xi’an Jiatong-Liverpool University, Suzhou (Jiangsu Province), Sep. 23, 2021.