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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


New activities and project updates

Dr. Marta Kołodziejska

Participation of the polish project team at the 17th Sociology Congress in Wrocław from 11 to 13 September

On September 11-13, the Polish team members, prof. Dorota Hall and dr. Marta Kołodziejska, will take part in the 17th Polish Sociological Congress in Wrocław, Poland. Marta will give a presentation in Polish entitled "Części wspólne. Dyskursywne konstruowanie tożsamości Kościoła Adwentystów Dnia Siódmego w prasie adwentystycznej"  - "Common parts. Discoursive construction of the identity of the Seventh Day Adventists in the Church press". This presentation will summarise some of the preliminary research results concerning the functions of the Adventist press in religious identity construction in Poland and the UK. Information about the Congress can be found at:





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Dr. Łukasz Fajfer at the DVRW conference in Hannover September, 3rd-6th

Dr. Łukasz Fajfer took part at the conference of the German Association for the Study of Religions (DVRW)  in Hannover. He presented a paper titled: Wie religiös ist religiöse Identität online? Webseiten der Christlich-Orthodoxen Minderheitskirchen in Großbritannien. In the paper he gave some insides in the preliminary results of the project. He focused on the question: How do the Churches present themselves on their websites. In order to answer this question the content of the webpages was analysed as well as its role in the self-presentation of the Churches.


Konferenz der European Association for the Study of Religions -Tartu

Dr Łukasz Fajfer presented a paper in Tartu, June 27th, 2019

Dr Łukasz Fajfer took part at the conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions that took place June 25th to 29th, 2019 in Tartu, Estonia. He presented a paper entitled “Discourse Analysis as a method for analyzing webpages of religious organizations. A Case Study of the Polish Orthodox Church.” In this paper he discussed the methodological issues while dealing with the media material analysed within the project Minorities and the Media. He argued that the sociology of knowledge approach to discourse analysis – although having some limitations – may be used as a tool of analysis for the Church websites. The strength of this method lies particularly in its usefulness for unpacking of interpretative schemes and narrative structure of the discourse constructed at the webpages.