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Dr. phil. Steffen Lepa M.A.


Scientific collaborateur in cluster-of-excellence research project Medium und Emotion

Leader of research project:
"Survey Musik und Medien. Empirische Basisdaten und theoretische Modellierung der Mediatisierung alltäglicher Musikrezeption in Deutschland"

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E-Mail: steffen.lepa AT tu-berlin.de
Phone: +49 30 314 29313
Telefax: +49 30 314 21143

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Research interests

  • Media reception / media use
  • Media education / instructional design
  • Social research methodology
  • Computer-based research and analysis instruments
  • Neurocognitive social media psychology
  • Bologna process and study programmee evaluation
  • Digital Cultures and media philosophy
  • Sound design, film music, multimedia production
  • youth culture / adolescence research




A Mixed Methods Approach to Questions Concerning the Mediatization of Musical Experience
Citation key lepa_mixed_2011
Author Lepa, Steffen
Title of Book Mediatized Worlds Conference: Culture and Society in a Media Age
Year 2011
Address Bremen
Abstract Since the invention of the phonograph, there has been a debate about the consequences of the musical artwork’s technological reproducibility for everyday musical practices and for music’s future status within society. While some theorists feared a decline in valuation and the subsumption of production and reception of musical works to the logics of commodity fetishism (Benjamin, 1936 / 2003), others were more optimistic and forecasted the advent of a new aural culture as an outcome of the electronic media revolution (McLuhan, 1964 / 1995). With the beginning of the 21st century, a further significant step in the meta-process of mediatization of music has nearly been finished: The digitalization of audio content and the invention of high performance audio compression algorithms and miniaturized mobile music devices have nowadays led to a ubiquity of opportunities for experiencing music in everyday life not imaginable a decade ago. In conjunction with the new sharing possibilities of the internet, digitalization has additionally created the (by now also mobile) access to a global inventory of musical works that is larger than anyone could listen to in his lifetime. While media ethnographic studies on the formative role of contemporary digital media technologies for musical listening practices (Bull, 2007) and social functions of music in everyday life (DeNora, 2003) have shown the different and complex social uses of mediatized music for coping with the emotional and social requirements of society, empirical access to questions regarding historic change of these matters alongside technological turnovers has until now been limited to discourse-analytic approaches (Weber, 2008). How did people individually react with their listening styles to the technological inventions they experienced during their lifetime in the 20th century? In which aspects did they stay to the fundamental listening habits that they acquired in their youth? And which affordances of audio media technology (Clarke, 2007) might have led some to not only adopt to new devices, but also to new listening strategies that afforded new social uses of music? In order to address these questions, the mixed methods approach employed in our study links survey data on current audio media usage of different age cohorts, sex and educational backgrounds to narrative-biographical interview analyses about experiences with the audio media at disposal during our informants’ childhood, youth and later life. The presentation shall deal with selected findings that might give rise to interesting discussions on the social and cultural implications of the mediatization of music.
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Curriculum Vitae

since 2012
Project leader of national-funded research project “Survey Musik und Medien. Empirische Basisdaten und theoretische Modellierung der Mediatisierung alltäglicher Musikrezeption in Deutschland” as part of the DFG-priority programme DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms “Mediatisized Worlds” .

since 2010
Postdoc researcher at the Audio Communication Group, Institute for Language and Communication at Technical University of Berlin, in the research project “Medium und Emotion” as part of the Berlin Cluster of Excellence network “Languages of Emotion

2009 – 2010
Teaching appointment for questionaire design and graphical data analysis with SPSS at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

2009 – 2010
Scientific lecturer (social research methodology) at the Institute for Pedagogics der Universität Oldenburg

2009 – 2010
Teaching appointment for multivariate statistics at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

September 2009
Promotion to a Doctor of Philosophy (“summa cum laude”) by the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences of Oldenburg University with the dissertation thesis:
“Jenseits des Films. Quantitativ-inhaltsanalytische Rekonstruktion von filmischen Verstehens- und Aneignungsprozessen mit Hilfe der Postrezeptiven Lesartenanalyse (PLA)”, supervised by Prof. Yvonne Ehrenspeck (general pedagogics) und Prof. Bernard Kittel (social research methodology)

2007 – 2010
Scientific lecturer (media education, social research methodology) at the Institute for Pedagogics at Oldenburg University

2007 – 2009
Teaching appointment for statistics with SPSS at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

2005 – 2009
Teaching appointment for digital audio editing at Braunschweig University of Fine Arts

2005 – 2007
Scientific research assistant in the national funded research project “Kommunikatbildungsprozesse Jugendlicher zur Todesthematik und Filmische Instruktionsmuster” at the Arbeitsbereich “Philosophie der Erziehung” (Prof. Dieter Lenzen) at Freien Universität Berlin

2005 – 2006
Teaching appointment for information psychology at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

2003 – 2005
Master Study of Media Management at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Master of Arts degree, final grade: 1,5 / ECTS-Grade B – very good)

2003 – 2005
Responsible leader of the digital audio studio of the Central Media Service Unit at Braunschweig University of Fine Arts

Student research assistent at the BmBF/MWK-funded research project “CRIMP – Criteria for Evaluation of Audiovisuals in Multimedia Production“, of the Research Centre L3S, University of Hannover

1998 – 2003
Master study of Media Studies, Psychology and Media Technology at the Technical University of Braunschweig and Braunschweig University of Fine Arts (Master of Arts degree with final grade: 1,3)

1997 – 1998
Alternative civilian service at the daycare house for the elderly disabled of Lebenshilfe gGmbH, Braunschweig

University entrance diploma (“Abitur”) in English, Music, History (bilingual) und Computer Science at the Gymnasium Ricarda-Huch-Schule, Braunschweig, Germany (final grade: 1,8)

born on July, 30th 1978 in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany.


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