The CIM research is carried out within the framework of the information and communication science (71st section of the CNU) as well as in other fields (psychology, semiology, philosophy, sociology and pragmatics) dealing with communication issues. An interdisciplinary approach to the subject is indeed essential, whether communication is based on the media or not. History, media awareness and media literacy, identities, both traditional and new media, current affairs, representation and reception, aesthetic communication and communication languages are among the key issues looked into by the various centers of study and at the core of the cross-study seminars organized by the CIM.
- theory and reception of media materials
- TV enunciation
- Genres and TV programs
- Program choice and channel specificities
THE CIM CONTRIBUTION TO THE LABEX ICCA RESEARCH
The research will be based on preliminary remarks about how much audiovisual creation has changed in 3 main domains:
- A DEFINITION OF CULTURE
Although France Television is obliged to offer cultural programs daily, no clear-cut definition of the term ‘culture’ has been officially given. Presenting programs matching with an official list—performing arts, music programs, cultural and informative documentaries, coverage of outstanding cultural events, shows adapted from literary works, biographies, historical reconstructions…—, the question about what is cultural and what is not is still pending.
- A DEFINITION OF WHAT A CULTURAL PROGRAM IS
Over the years and under economic pressure, the CSA has gradually changed the definition of what a cultural program is, to make it more comprehensive and in keeping with European standards. Yet, this definition is a negative one that is not based on aesthetic criteria. However, determined by economic and legal imperatives, TV programs should still be analyzed based on their intrinsic features.
- TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES
Mobile phones and the Internet have become privileged broadcasting means. The launching of channels to be primarily watched on these new media raises the question of how much the form of programs will be altered by the size of the screen: will it be favorable to non-professional videos? will it affect the delivered message? — the latter question is all the more relevant at a time when home screens are becoming bigger and bigger—, will programs be reconciling the demands /prerequisites of mobile devices and those of traditional home screens?