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.

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Lecture by ZeMKI member Sabine Thöle: The "Doing Gender" in the Publications of the Journalist Martha Maria Gehrke (1894-1985)

The lecture on November 25 took place in the context of the Gender History Study Day at the University of Wuppertal.

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New article in open access by ZeMKI member Dr. Erik Koenen

The article "Epistemologie digitaler Experimentalsysteme am Beispiel von Zeitungsportalen. Methodologische und praktische Herausforderungen, Probleme und Perspektiven" appears in a special volume of the 'Zeitschrift für Digitale Geisteswissenschaften'.

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European Media Salon: Communicative AI, Human-Machine Communication and the Automation of media and Communications: Taking a societal view

On November 30, 2022, the next event of the European Media Salon will take place via zoom on the topic "Communicative AI, Human-Machine Communication and the Automation of media and Communications: Taking a societal view". Speakers will be Leopoldina Fortunati and David J. Gunkel.

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New article: From human-machine-communication to communicative AI. The automation of communication as a subject of communication and media research

The article was written by members of the ZeMKI in collaboration with external researchers and is published in open access in the quarterly journal for communication research "Publizistik".

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ZeMKI-Research Seminar with Prof. Dr. Simone Natale (University of Turin, Italy)

"The banality of deception: Rethinking the relationship between deception and media in the age of fake news and disinformation", November 23 2022, 16.15 – 17.45 (CET), Linzer Str. 4, Raum 60.070, 28359 Bremen

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New article by ZeMKI members Dr. Erik Koenen and Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold

The article, written by Erik Koenen, Christian Pentzold, Anna Seikel, and Jakob Jünger, uses qualitative methods to analyze ICA (International Communication Association) presentations. The article will be published in the Annals of the ICA.

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ZeMKI member Dr. Stephanie Seul has been appointed co-editor of “Media History” (Taylor&Francis)

The peer-reviewed international and interdisciplinary journal publishes articles about media, communication and society from the fifteenth century to the present.

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New article on the local news app molo.news published

The article "From Gatekeeping to Co-Creation: molo.news as a relational platform to overcome the crisis of local public sphere" was written by Katharina Heitmann-Werner, Andrea Grahl, Andreas Hepp, Wiebke Loosen and Leif Kramp and published by Evangelischer Pressedienst.

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ZeMKI-Research Seminar with Seda Nur Çinar (Istanbul University, Turkey)

"The role of the media usage in the cultural and social integration of 2. and 3. generation Turkish migrants living in Germany", November 6 2022, 16.15 – 17.45 (CET), Linzer Str. 4, Raum 60.070, 28359 Bremen

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ZeMKI Member Laura Liebig Receives Funding for a Research Stay at Concordia University in Montreal

Funding is provided by the doctoral program "Bremen International Doctoral Education Action" (BremenIDEA).

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ZeMKI-Research Seminar with Gaia Amadodri (Catholic University of Milan, Italy)

Hybrid methods to materialise data relations in the domestic context Linzer Str. 4, Room 60.070, 28359 Bremen

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The Quantum Constitutionalism Workshop to take place in Bremen

On November 7 and 8, 2022, the "Quantum Constitutionalism Workshop: Law and Governance for the Quantum Age" will take place at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen. Co-organizer is ZeMKI member Dr. Dennis Redeker (Lab "Platform Governance, Media, and Technology").

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Lecture by ZeMKI member Dr. Stephanie Seul at the Conference “Berlin and the BBC”

On November 3, 2022, from 9:30-11:00 a.m., Stephanie Seul will give a lecture on "Chamberlain's propaganda: Appeasement and BBC German-language broadcasting, 1938-1940" as part of a two-day symposium at Humboldt University in Berlin.

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ZeMKI-Research Seminar with Prof. Dr. Nicholas Baer (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

The Ends of Perfection: On a Limit Concept in Global Film and Media Theory 02.11.2022, 16.15 – 17.45, Linzer Str. 4, Raum 60.070

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Webinar with ZeMKI Members Juliane Jarke and Irina Zakharova: The datafication of schools and schooling

A webinar will be held on October 26, 2022 from 7 to 8:30 pm. The webinar will be moderated by Neil Selwyn (Monash University). Participants will be Juliane Jarke, Irina Zakharova, Luci Pangrazio, Bronwyn Cumbo, and Lyndsay Grant. The webinar will take place online.

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New article published as part of the "Shaping 21st Century AI" project

The article "Subnational AI policy: shaping AI in a multi-level governance system" was written by ZeMKI members Laura Liebig, Licinia Güttel, Anna Jobin and Christian Katzenbach. It appears in the journal "AI & Society".

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Study programs at ZeMKI - Welcome and Farewell today at 6 p.m.

Today the ZeMKI officially welcomes the new students of the media study programs. In addition, the graduates will be given a ceremonial farewell. The venue is the Pusdorf Studios, Ladestraße 12-14, 28197 Bremen.

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Special issue on mediatization research published in the journal deSignis

The special issue is edited by Andreas Hepp and Guillermo Olivera with the collaboration of Susan Benz, Lucrecia Escudero Chauvel and Heiko Kirschner.

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Presentations of ZeMKI members at ECREA 2022, 9th European Communication Conference

The ECREA Conference, which will take place from October 19 to 22 in Aarhus, Denmark, is framed by the theme "Rethink Impact". ZeMKI is represented in large numbers by contributions from its members, who will present their own research as well as take on leadership roles.

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New research project “Equality, Wellbeing and Platform Governance” awarded with YUFE postdoc fellowship

Dr. Paloma Viejo Otero has developed this proposal and received the only YUFE fellowship at the University of Bremen. She will be joining the ZeMKI with the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach at the Lab "Platform Governance, Media, and Technology“.


14. Dec
ZeMKI Research Seminar with Prof. Dr. Helen Manchester (University of Bristol, UK)
Linzer Str. 4, Room 60.070, 28359 Bremen
25. Jan
ZeMKI Research Seminar with Dr. Artem Zakharchenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine)
Linzer Str. 4, Room 60.070, 28359 Bremen

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 ten 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. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler
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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
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Mailing Address

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

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