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Minorities and the Media


About the project

Media have always played a crucial role for religious communities. Christianity could spread i.a. due to duplicating of the Bible just like Islam could, thanks to copying of the Quran. Furthermore, the influence of the printing press on the Reformation movement is undisputed.

In our project we research the role of the contemporary media for modern religious communities. We concentrate on the digital (webpages) and on the printed media (journals, newspapers). We aim to answer the following questions: Who is responsible for the media in particular churches? How is the media content prepared? How do the churches understand their identity nowadays?

We are not only interested in the media use of the churches, but we also ask for the role of the different cultural and religious contexts in the process of media use. That is the reason why we conduct a comparative study. We analyse the churches in Poland – a country with a homogenous religious structure – and in Great Britain with a heterogeneous religious landscape. Moreover, our study concerns two different communities: the Orthodox Churches and the Seventh-Day Adventist Churches. We hope that this approach will make it possible to answer the question of how the religious identity is influenced by the media and by the religious landscape in a country.

St. Sophias Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The analysed churches

  • The Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church
  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
  • Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Poland
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Great Britain
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How we work

During the first phase of our project, we analyse the printed and digital media of the selected churches. In the second phase, we conduct interviews with media representatives of the particular churches.

It is crucial for our project that besides the official representatives of the churches (priests, bishops) we also want to talk to media representatives, editors and spokespersons. This way, we are able to get to know the individual opinions on religious identity and to gather information on the media work in particular churches. The interviews will be anonymised and used in this form for our publications.

About us

The project is conducted by two research teams: one at the University of Bremen and one at the Polish Academy of Sciences. The study is financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and by the National Science Centre (NCN) from the German-Polish Beethoven 2 program. The financial support was granted for three years until March 2021.

In Germany the research team is based at the University of Bremen (Institute of Religion and Religious Education) and it consists of Prof. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler (head of the project) and Dr. Łukasz Fajfer (research associate). The Polish team works at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The team members are: Prof. Dorota Hall (head of the project) and Dr. Marta Kołodziejska (research associate).

Contact persons

Prof Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler
University Bremen
Department of Religious Studies
Universitätsboulevard 18 / SP T
D-28359 Bremen
T. +49 (0)421 218 67911


Dr. hab. Dorota Hall
Polish Academy of Sciences
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
Nowy Świat 72, room 236
00-330 Warsaw
phone: +48 22 657 28 57


Neueste Aktivitäten und Projektupdates / nowe wydarzenia i aktualności

Team meeting Bremen

Team meeting on may 15th & 16th in Bremen

Team meeting on may 15th & 16th

A meeting of all project members took place on May 15th – 16th. Dr. Marta Kołodziejska and Dr. Łukasz Fajfer presented the results of the first interview round with the media experts of the analysed Churches. There were 32 interviews conducted (16 with representatives of the Churches in UK and 16 in Poland). During the meeting the possibilities of further work on gathered material have been discussed. This includes categories that will be used for the analysis of the interview material. Furthermore, following work steps have been discussed and the preliminary appointment for the project workshop at the Institute for Religious Studies and Religious Education at the University of Bremen has been set for December 2019.

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First round of interviews completed!


Our team have already conducted a number of interviews with the representatives of the analyzed Churches. We have conducted 16 interviews with people engaged with the media of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Great Britain and Poland. We have also conducted 12 interviews with priests and lay people from the Orthodox Churches in these countries. Our work concentrates now on the analysis of the gathered material.

Forschungsgruppe Religiöse Minoritäten und Medien

"Methods of Collecting Data and Media in Religious Minority Groups"

On november 29th and 30th the first team workshop of the research project "Religious Minorities and Media" took place at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of Polish Academy of Sciences. During the very productive meeting, the project team discussed methodological approaches to the collected material, debated key theoretical perspectives, and analysed the samples material in the context of religious organizations and minority status in Poland and in the UK.

The next workshop will take place at ZeMKI Bremen in 2019.