Swedish Professor to Visit ISU and Deliver Talk on Entertainment Media, Appearance Tied to New Exchange Agreement

Karin Fast will travel from Karlstad University, in Sweden, to spend a week in residence with the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion at Idaho State University and deliver a research talk about transmedia entertainment marketing.

Swedish Professor to Visit ISU and Deliver Talk on Entertainment Media, Appearance Tied to New Exchange Agreement

 

Karin Fast will travel from Karlstad University, in Sweden, to spend a week in residence with the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion at Idaho State University and deliver a research talk about transmedia entertainment marketing on Tuesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. in 320 Frazier Hall.

Fast’s presentation, which uses the Transformers movie franchise as a case study, is free and open to the public, and her visit to Pocatello was funded by Karlstad to support the new exchange agreement between ISU and KU’s GeoMedia Department, the first in the world to combine communication, media, and film studies with specializations in geography and tourism.

“It’s exciting to partner with people charting the cutting-edge of the media field with respect to research and teaching,” said James DiSanza, CMP Department chair. “We already have two of our students studying in Sweden this year, and I’m excited to listen to Dr. Fast’s speech and begin collaborating more with the folks at Karlstad.”

An assistant professor of Media and Communication Studies who oversees the Public Relations major at Karlstad, Fast will visit and interact with ISU students in a select number of courses throughout her weeklong stay. Her research has been published in both American and European academic journals, including, among others, Media, Culture and Society.

As part of the exchange between the two schools, which was finalized for the start of the 2016 academic year, ISU students take courses taught in English, do not have to pay Swedish tuition and are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship from the CMP department.

“It’s great for our students, and hopefully Karin’s visit will spur more to branch out,” DiSanza added. “I look forward to having Swedish students attend ISU as well.”

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For more information, please contact Zac Gershberg, an assistant professor of journalism and media studies, at 208-282-3272 or gerszach@isu.edu.

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