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Public Policies in Media and Information Literacy in Europe

Cross-Country Comparisons, 1st Edition

Edited by Divina Frau-Meigs, Irma Velez, Julieta Flores Michel


304 pages

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Public Policies in Media and Information Literacy in Europe explores the current tensions in European countries as they attempt to tackle the transition to the digital age, providing a comparative and cross-cultural analysis of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) across Europe.

This book takes a long-term perspective over the development of media education in Europe, and includes an appraisal of media, information, computer and digital literacies as they coalesce and diverge in the public debate over twenty-first-century skills. The contributors assess the various definitions of media and information literacy as a composite notion whose evolution as a cross-cultural phenomenon reveals various trends and influences in Europe. Throughout, this volume offers an in-depth coverage of MIL with all the different dimensions of policy-making, from legal frameworks to training, funding, evaluation and good practices. The authors propose modeling current MIL governance trends in Europe and conclude with a call for alternative and collective frames of research that they hope will influence policy-makers and other stakeholders, especially in terms of MIL governance.

This collection is ideal for students and researchers of MIL, as well as policy makers, educators and associations interested in MIL in the digital age.

Table of Contents



List of figures


List of abbreviations

List of contributors


Chapter 1/ Mapping Media and Information Literacy (MIL) policies: new perspectives for the governance of MIL

Divina Frau-Meigs, Irma Velez, Julieta Flores-Michel

Chapter 2/Definitions and values of Media and Information Literacy in a historical context

Christine W. Trültzsch-Wijnen, María Francesca Murru & Tao Papaioannou

Chapter 3/ Legal frameworks for Media and Information Literacy

María-del-Mar Grandío, Sirin Dilli & Brian O’Neill

Chapter 4/ Training and capacity building in Media and Information Literacy

 Julian McDougall, Nurcay Turkoglu & Igor Kanižaj

Chapter 5/ The role of non-governmental actors in Media and Information Literacy: a comparative media systems perspective

Marijana Matović, Kristina Juraitė, Alfonso Gutiérrez

Chapter 6/ Evaluation and funding of Media and Information Literacy

Piermarco Aroldi, Miguel Vicente, Norbert Vrabec

Chapter 7/ Good practices and Emerging trends trends in Media and Information Literacy

Conceicao Costa, Viktorija Car & Sofia Papadimitriou

Chapter 8/ The double bind of Media and Information Literacy: A critical view on public policy discourses about MIL

Kirsten Drotner, Divina Frau-Meigs, Sirkku Kotilainen & Niina Uusitalo




About the Editors

Divina Frau-Meigs is Professor of Media Sociology and American Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. With degrees from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications, she is a specialist of media and information technologies in English-speaking countries, in a comparative perspective. Her research interests span from MIL to the cultures of the screen to internet governance within the human rights framework. She directs the ANR TRANSIT project and holds the UNESCO chair "Savoir Deuchir in the digital era". She presides the Social Sciences and humanities committee of the French National Research Agency.

Irma Velez is an Associate Professor of Spanish language and cultures (literature and visual arts) at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, in the teacher training department (ESPE) where she is the digital mentor for teacher trainees in her field. Her research interests encompass media convergence and media politics, from the "decolonial" Spanish-speaking literary and cinematographic productions to European public policies for capacity building in MIL and digital literacy. She is particularly keen on analyzing the dialectic between gender and technology in mediated cultures.

Julieta Flores Michel is Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico, she is a guest expert researcher at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her research interests include studies of culture, communication and information technologies, communicative competence, gender equality, and public policies in MIL in Europe.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education

Published in association with the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), books in the series make a major contribution to the theory, research, practice and/or policy literature. They are European in scope and represent a diversity of perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies