Postdoctoral fellow

Dr Katalin Lustyik

Dr Katalin Lustyik was ICDC's Postdoctoral Fellow in 2004 and 2005. Her main fields of research interest are children's media, globalization and global consumer culture targeting children, global children's television networks (e.g. Nickelodeon), media policy, and transformation of media systems in Central-eastern Europe after 1989.

Katalin completed her M.A and Ph.D. in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Her M.A. thesis, "Politics of the V-chip", was a critical-historical analysis of the political and economical aspects of content regulation in the United States and the role of technology as a panacea for social problems.

Her doctoral dissertation, "The Transformation of Children's Television from Communism to Global Capitalism in Hungary," used children's television as a case study to investigate both the changing nature of broadcasting and the changing conceptualization of childhood in Central-eastern Europe.

Dr Lustyik has published many book chapters and articles, and presented her research at numerous international conferences since 1998, including:

  • The World Summit 2000: Children and Youth and the Media: Beyond the Millennium, Toronto, Canada (2000)
  • Society for Cinema Studies 2002 Conference, Denver, USA (2002)
  • Annual Convention of the Broadcast Education Association , Las Vegas, USA (2002)
  • International Sociological Association's, World Congress of Sociology, Brisbane, Australia (2002)
  • As well as the annual conferences of the International Association for Mass Communication Research (IAMCR), in Mexico, Germany, Hungary, Singapore and Spain.

Photos taken at a Nickelodeon event for children held in Auckland.

As ICDC's Postdoctoral Fellow Katalin researched the uptake in New Zealand of globalized children's television media such as Nickelodeon and Disney.

In March 2004 she gave a seminar at AUT titled "Is it a small world after all?" Globalisation of Children's television". She attended the international Postgraduate Open Book Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, in August 2004, and gave a paper titled "Globalization and localization strategies of Nickelodeon, the world's only multimedia brand dedicated exclusively to kids".

In 2004 she also presented a paper titled "Inclusion, exclusion and globalization in the Disney Universe". This was co-authored with Shu-Ling Berggreen (University of Colorado) and presented at the Second Annual Conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Australia in 2004 with the title 'Mobile Boundaries/Rigid Worlds: The Contemporary paradox'.