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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




The Mediatization of Everyday Music Listening: Exploring the Historical Genesis of Current German Audio Media Repertoires
Citation key lepa_mediatization_2014-1
Author Lepa, Steffen and Hoklas, Anne-Kathrin
Year 2014
Address Lisbon, Portugal
Note 00000
Abstract Within the last 100 years, everyday music listening has gone through constant changes in terms of material technologies employed. From the gramophone to nowadays streaming multimedia gadgets, a lot of new technological devices and services with new functionalities have emerged. Nevertheless, a lot of older appliances still populate our media environments: Today, citizens tend to use different technologies dating from different epochs in different social contexts of their everyday life: Not only have traditional storage media markets been extended through paid digital streaming or cloud services, also a lot of file-sharing, cd-burning, free internet radio use and classic radio reception is taking place. Additionally, some people still listen to the same very few CDs, vinyl records, music cassettes every other day without necessarily purchasing new ones. Resulting, by just drawing on number of sales or subscribers as in traditional market research, mediatization research is not able to get a clear empirical picture of the actual state of affairs in audio media consumption. In order to find out how people actually listen to music nowadays in Germany, we conducted a na-tion-wide representative survey that aimed at identifying the dominant patterns of trans-media use in audio communication employed for habitual music listening in the everyday. Since we were likewise interested in the socio-historical genesis of these patterns, we extended the media repertoire method of Hasebrink & Popp (2006) by drawing on the theory of generations as carriers of cultural change by German sociologist Karl Mannheim (1964/1928). This approach was practically implemented by employing latent class analysis with covariates (Collins & Lanza, 2010), a data-mining procedure that is able to discover latent classes of media use in representative survey data by partly drawing on theory-based model assumptions. Our empirical results hint to the existence of six distinct trans-media audio repertoire patterns within German population that are mainly determined by birth cohort and to a comparably lower degree by income, education, gender, urbanity of living area and the existence of children living in the same household. Quantitative findings are complemented by documentary analyses of biographical-episodic interviews (Nohl, 2010) with selected audio repertoire members from each class. Contrastive analyses of knowledge stocks reconstructed from the narrative material give rise to interpreting the manifest repertoire patterns discovered as resulting from differing implicit music media orientations that date back to social and generational inequalities regarding the audio media technology environments their members experienced in the formative years.
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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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