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ZeMKI Online Research Seminar Lecture by Jennifer Oser

On 15 July from 04:15pm to 5:45pm (CET) her lecture on “Yes I Can…? Meta-analysis Findings on Patterns of Political Participation and Political Efficacy in the Digital Era” will take place as a zoom conference.

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New special issue „The Politics of Privacy“ published

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Sigrid Kannengießer is co-editor of the special issue in the open access journal Media and Communication

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ZeMKI Online Research Seminar Lecture by Chankyung Pak

On 1 July from 04:15pm to 5:45pm (CET) his lecture on “Auditing the Algorithms with Donated Data: Methods for Poor Scientists?” will take place as a zoom conference.

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Andreas Breiter becomes member of the ZDF television council

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter was delegated from the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen to the Television Council of the ZDF for the area of "Science and Research".

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What moves the city? New news app goes online

An integrated newsfeed for all news and information from local media providers, local associations and other regional collectives – with a focus on how to get involved in the city and what moves the city and its inhabitants. This is what the free app for Bremen offers for the first time.

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ZeMKI Online Research Seminar Lecture by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten

On 10. June 2020 from 04:15pm - 5:45pm (CET) the lecture on "Disagreement in Facebook comments and news engagement: A mixed methods study" will take place as a zoom webinar.

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ZeMKI Online Research Seminar Lecture by Michelle Stack

On 24 Juni from 04:15pm to 5:45pm (CET) her lecture on “Pandemics, Public Intellectuals, Academic Freedom and Mediatization” will take place as a zoom conference.

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ZeMKI Online Research Seminar Summer Semester 2020

From 03 June to 15 July 2020 a total of five lectures will be held online at zoom

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ZeMKI Online Research Seminar Lecture by Stefania Milan

On 03. June 2020 from 04:15pm - 5:45pm (CET) the lecture on "From the first pandemic of the datafied society" will take place as a zoom webinar.

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70th Annual ICA Conference

Several ZeMKI members give lectures at the 70th annual conference of the ICA on the topic of "Open Communication", which takes place online this year.

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New publication: "News with perspective"

ZeMKI member Dr. Leif Kramp co-authored a new research publication (in German language) on the adoption of constructive and solutions-oriented approaches in journalism practice in Germany

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Call for Papers: International ZeMKI conference

Conference on "Agency in a Datafied Society: Communication between and across humans, platforms and machines" from 2. - 4. December, 2020

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Award-Winning book now in Portuguese

The seminal book „The Mediatization Construction of Reality“ by ZeMKI member Andreas Hepp and LSE’s Nick Couldry is now available in Portuguese language

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New at ZeMKI: Jens Pohlmann

Welcome! Jens Pohlmann joins the ZeMKI lab "Communication History and Media Change" of Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz

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New at ZeMKI: Patrick Zerrer

Welcome! Patrick Zerrer joins the ZeMKI lab "Digital Communication and Information Diversity" of Prof. Dr. Cornelius Puschmann

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Online-Talk on "The Making of 'Deep Mediatization'"

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp is giving a talk on "The Making of 'Deep Mediatization'" at the University of Utrecht on April 22nd at 3.30 pm via Zoom

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ZeMKI develops apps for media research

Two free apps from the University of Bremen are intended to facilitate media and communication research under the conditions of "social distancing".

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New Working Paper on critical analysis of AI voice assistants

New "Communicative Figurations" Working Paper by ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow Dr. Simone Natale (Loughborough University) on artificial intelligence and voice assistants.

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12 renowned guest researchers receive ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellowship

In 2020, twelve researchers from nine countries will visit the University of Bremen to join ZeMKI for four weeks as ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellows.

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New project: "What Makes Social Media Content Harmful? A User-Centric Comparative Approach"

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Yannis Theocharis cooperates with colleagues from the University of Liverpool, George Washington University and Loughborough University in a one-year project funded by Facebook.

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Interdisciplinary research on deep mediatization of culture and society

The research activities at the ZeMKI are organized under the direction of a professor in the form of working groups: the ZeMKI Labs. The task of the labs is the realization of basic and applied research in the overall research field  of the ZeMKI.

At the moment, the ZeMKI maintains eight labs:

The research profile of the ZeMKI fits clearly into the mission statement of the University of Bremen: It is internationally oriented in its object of research and its positioning, as well as in questions of cultural diversity.  Reseach at the ZeMKI is interdisciplinary: In addition to communication and media studies, history, film studies, religious studies, sociology, political science, pedagogy, and computer science are also involved as disciplines. ZeMKI carries out joint research projects in the fields of media, cultural and social change, information management, educational change and digital media as well as critical media and communication theory development. These research projects are funded by the German Research Foundation, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Union and various foundations, both individually and collectively. 

Here, you can learn more about research projects, research studios, research software, research associations and fellowships at ZeMKI: more ...

The annual ZeMKI Research Report presents the research activities at the ZeMKI in German and English. In addition, the members of the ZeMKI regularly publish research publications in their own and third-party journals, in the form of monographs and edited volumes as well as special issues of renowned specialist periodicals. ZeMKI itself publishes various book series and scientific journals as well as a working paper series on the transformation of social communication ("Communicative Figurations").

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During the lecture period, guest lectures by (international) guest scientists are held regularly at the ZeMKI as part of the research seminar started in 2005. Once a year, the ZeMKI invites to an international conference on changing topics of the interrelated change of media, culture and society. In addition, ZeMKI members are regularly involved in the organization of national and international scientific conferences. In addition, the transfer of knowledge also includes various other event formats, in particular the ZeMKI Media Talks in cooperation with Radio Bremen (Bremen Zwei) and the annual International Bremen Film Conference in cooperation with CITY46/Kommunalkino Bremen. With the participation of all ZeMKI-Labs, these events are aimed at Bremen's citizens and make research activities accessible to a broad public. The regular participation in the Open Campus of the University of Bremen also serves this purpose.

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If you are interested in studying Media, Communication and Society, the University of Bremen offers the BA Communication and Media Science as a basic course of study at Bachelor level. This can be continued at master level with a MA in Media Culture and Globalization or with a MA in Digital Media and Society. The University of Bremen offers the MA in Art and Film Studies for in-depth studies in Aesthetics and History. If you are interested in studying computer science and design, the University of Bremen offers a BSc Digital Media course at BA level in cooperation with the Hochschule für Künste (HfK) Bremen. The studies can then be continued and deepened with the English MSc Digital Media. These courses are offered by the Faculty 3 Computer Science/Mathematics together with the HfK Bremen. 

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp
Linzer Str. 4, 40.200
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Deputy Speaker

Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter
ECO5 3.91 
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Heide Pawlik
Linzer Str. 4, 40.290
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The secretary office is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 - 12:00, on Thursday from 14:00 - 16:00.

Research Coordination

Dr. Leif Kramp
Linzer Str. 4, 40.270
Tel. +49-(0)421-218-67652
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Mailing Address

University of Bremen
ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research
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