mediation of trials

Project: Representation of Trials in other Media

In this project, we investigate how questions of truth production are mediated when trials appear in literature, film, and news media. Project time: 2018-2021.

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A legal trial is a complex process used to agree upon what can be considered as (legal) facts. Representations of trials in other media do not only tell the story of a specific case but also convey questions of truth production and credibility. In this project, we investigate how social conflicts and questions of truth production are mediated when trials appear in literature, film, and news media. Which aspects are chosen for a credible re-presentation of the complexity of the trial? And how can these insights be used in today's social climate which lacks a common basis on what can be regarded as facts and truth?

The project examines these questions by analyzing representations of the trial in news media and literature as a form of media transformation (Elleström 2014). By analyzing the interaction between aspects of media representation (which parts of the legal process are represented) and transmediation (how are case story and underlying social conflicts reconstructed), we can describe how news articles and literary texts evaluate credibility and transmediate the production of truth that is part of the legal process.

Photo credit: Wolters Klüwer. CC-BY-3.0.

Publications:

Corina Löwe and Beate Schirrmacher. “How to Tell the Story of a Trial. Media Transformation in Court Reporting”. Narratives in the Criminal Process. eds. Frode Helmich Pedersen; Espen Ingebrigtsen; Werner Gephart, 277–97. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann 2021.

Corina Löwe och Beate Schirrmacher ”Hur rapporteras från en rättegång och varför? Rättegångsrapportering i tyska och svenska tidningar.” HumaNetten, 46, 2021. https://open.lnu.se/index.php/hn/issue/view/178/83.