Understanding Media Relations in the Age of Convergence: A Metatheoretical Taxonomy

  • Federico Zecca University of Bari
Keywords: Multimediality, crossmediality, intermediality, transmediality, media convergence


Multimediality, crossmediality, intermediality, transmediality. Over the last three decades, media (as well as comparative) studies have been characterized by the emergence of new categories, aimed at describing and analysing the variety of relations established by different media in the age of convergence. Despite their widespread diffusion in many research fields, however, these categories still lack a shared and stable meaning, having eluded any attempt of theoretical systematization so far. As a consequence, they tend to overlap semantically, making it impossible for scholars to share a common vocabulary. The objective of this paper is to propose a meta-theoretical rearrangement of the abovementioned categories, with the aim of outlining a systematic taxonomy in which each term can find a definition and a position.


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Author Biography

Federico Zecca, University of Bari

Federico Zecca is Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies at University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy). He is co-editor of the journals Cinéma & Cie: International Film Studies and Cinergie: Il cinema e le altre arti, and member of the editorial board of the journal Porn Studies. He is member of the scientific committee of the Udine/Gorizia Film Forum and one of the coordinators of the Porn Studies Section of the MAGIS – Gorizia International Film Studies Spring School. He has published widely on intertextuality, intermediality, media convergence, Italian popular cinema, and US pornography.


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How to Cite
Zecca, F. (2020). Understanding Media Relations in the Age of Convergence: A Metatheoretical Taxonomy. Between, 10(20), 170-190. https://doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/4277