The Salzburg School

The Salzburg School signifies the research, practice and convenes collectively conducted by the faculty and students of the Salzburg Academy. This work articulates a commitment to the application of ideas, and the collaboration of diverse partners in support of new knowledge and practice.

In response to the changing media environments, the faculty and practitioners who have been supporting the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change for the past decade, are coming together to participate in the Salzburge Media School (SMS). The SMS will bring together leading thinkers, teachers and activists to reimagine how media pedagogy, practice and research can embrace our current moment and define a new approach to social change through civic media literacies. The SMS will adhere to the following missions:

  • To build capacity for pedagogy that lies at the intersection of skills and theory, and that approaches learning from a point of critical consciousness.
  • To approach research not through the production of knowledge cut off from the world, but applied and situated in the communities it studies.
  • To think of media practice as intervention into traditional models of storytelling that desperately need to be re-imagined for the present day.
  • To re-imagine narratives that push back against harmful extremist rhetoric and post fact cultures.

The SMS sits at the intersection of these missions and will create and sustain capacity that talks across cultures, borders and divides to set a new course for critical pedagogy and practice in civic media literacies. To activate these missions, the SMS will pursue four specific objectives:

  • Critical Experimental Pedagogy 
  • Intervention-based Practice 
  • Cross-Border/Cross-Cultural Applied Research
  •  Media Literacy and Civic Capacity