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ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research

The Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) is one of nine central research units at the University of Bremen and is one of the important European institutions researching questions into media-related transformations at the interface of the cultural, social, and technical sciences. Our research focuses on the emerging digital society in terms of the inequalities it generates while probing the historicity of their genesis and the challenges posed by algorithmic systems, automation, and the burgeoning datafied society.

We remember: 50th birthday of Marco Höhn

On Sunday, 6 June 2021, our esteemed colleague Marco Höhn would have celebrated his 50th birthday. He died unexpectedly and suddenly in September 2020.

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Call for Papers

For a Thematic Issue in the International Journal of Communication: "Beyond Californian Ideology? Tech Communities and Alternative Imaginaries of Deep Mediatization"

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Beate C. Köhler

New open access book published

ZeMKI member Dr. Rasmus Greiner publishes his book "Cinematic Histospheres. On the Theory and Practice of Historical Films".

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Lecture in the context of the upcoming Diginomics Brownbag Seminar

ZeMKI member Andreas Hepp will give a lecture on 02 June on "The 'Life Cycle' of Pioneer Communities: The Emergence and the Decline of the Quantified Self and Maker Movements"

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New Article in Big Data & Society

The ZeMKI members Dr. Hendrik Heuer, Dr. Juliane Jarke and Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter published the article about "Machine learning in tutorials – Universal applicability, underinformed application, and other misconceptions"

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Lecture on "The Digital Disconnect"

Prof. Dr. Ellen Helsper gives the lecture as part of the research seminar in the summer semester 2021. It will take place on June 2, 2021 from 04:15 pm to 5:45pm online at Zoom.

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Welcome Melissa Windler!

Christina Broo joins the ZeMKI lab "Media Education and Educational Media" of Prof. Dr. Karsten D. Wolf

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New at ZeMKI: Christina Broo

Welcome! Christina Broo joins the ZeMKI lab "Media Education and Educational Media" of Prof. Dr. Karsten D. Wolf

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ZeMKI members at the ICA annual conference

From May 27-31, 2021, the 71st annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) will again be held virtually this year due to the ongoing Corona pandemic. ZeMKI members will present their latest research results at the conference.

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Lecture on "The Digital Divide"

Prof. Dr. Jan van Dijk will give his lecture as part of the research seminar in the summer semester 2021 on May 26, 2021 from 04:15 pm to 5:45pm online at Zoom.

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Mentioned in "The Markup

The Paper "Algorithmic content moderation: Technical and political challenges in the automation of platform governance" by ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach is mentioned in "The Markup"

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Round Table "Mediatization reserach in Europe and Latin America"

The book presentation takes place on 13th of May at 4pm. ZeMKI members Prof. Dr. Averbeck-Lietz, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp and Prof. Dr. Friedrich Krotz contributed to the book.

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Lecture on "Not just Technology: The Turn to Algorithms and AI in Governing Social Communication"

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach will give a keynote speech at the international conference of Istanbul Bilgi University on April 29.

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Lecture on "Audiovisual culture and communicative appropriation of views of history: New inequalities in the digital society"

The first lecture of the research seminar in the summer semester 2021 will take place on April 28, 2021 from 04:15 pm to 5:45pm online at Zoom.

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"The New Sector": Pioneering Media Start-ups in Europe

As part of its pioneering research in the media sector, the ZeMKI is cooperating with Netzwerk Recherche on a project about innovative media start-ups in Europe.

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Conference: "Communication History of International Organisations und NGOs"

On April 22-23, 2021, the ZeMKI will hold its annual international conference online together with the Communication History Section in the DGPUK (German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies) and the Institute for Newspaper Research in Dortmund.

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New at ZeMKI: Yuru Li

Welcome! Yuru Li joins the ZeMKI lab "Media and Religion" of Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

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New open access publication on Pioneer Journalism

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp together with Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen from the Leibniz Institute for Media Research publishes a research article on the conceptualisation of the role of pioneer journalists and pioneer communities in the organisational refiguration of journalism.

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Digital Mediapractice Week from 12.04. - 16.04.

For the eighth time, students organize the event "Mediapractice", a week of various events to give students the opportunity to get to know companies and institutions of Bremen's media and pioneer communities creative industries.

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New publication: "Media and Communication"

The book article by ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp appeared in the special issue of "Soziologische Revue 2020" on "Sociology - Sociology in the German-Speaking World".

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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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CORONA - INFO

Due to the Corona pandemic the ZeMKI at Linzer Str. 4/6 will stay closed for visitors and students until further notice. 

Contact

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp
Linzer Str. 4, 40.200
Tel. +49-(0)-421-218-67620
Fax +49-(0)-421-218-98 67601
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Deputy Speaker

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler
SpT C6220
Tel. +49-(0)-421-218-67911
Fax +49-(0)-421-218-98 67911
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Sekretariat

Heide Pawlik
Linzer Str. 4, 40.290
Tel. +49-(0)421-218-67601
Fax +49-(0)-421-218-98 67601
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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
Fax +49-(0)-421-218-98 67652
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Mailing Address

University of Bremen
ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research
Linzer Str. 4
28359 Bremen
Germany

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