KOM has a new doctor

Published 23 September 2022
[Translate to English:] framsida på avhandlingen

Michael Rübsamen defends his thesis!

KOM is proud to announce a new doctor in Media and Communication studies. Media and communication studies are very happy and proud to announce that Michael Rübsamen successfully defended his doctoral thesis "on Celebrity Journalism".

The thesis approaches the research question of how journalistic practices facilitate the construction of celebrity status. Theoretically, celebrity is conceptualised as a particularly fluid form of social status based on mediatized attention and engagement. Journalism is studied as an invitation to share experiences, organised through media logics and narrative structures. The empirical cases studied in the thesis are two multifaceted Swedish celebrities: The singer, dancer, actor and host Måns Zelmerlöw and the equally multi-faceted painter, designer, author, actor, singer, and glamour model Carolina Gynning.