ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research
We mourn the passing of our colleague Marco Höhn
Marco Höhn, who began as a research associate and was then for many years a lecturer at ZeMKI, died suddenly and unexpectedly in September 2020.
Marco Höhn belonged to the small circle that from the very beginning with great vigour and commitment built up the area of communication and media science at the University of Bremen. After studying sociology at the University of Trier, from April 2000 to September 2004 he was a research assistant in the field of media economics at the Technical University of Ilmenau. In October 2004, he moved to the University of Bremen, where he worked first as a research assistant and then as lecturer for communication and media studies with a focus on media economics and media practice. During his professional career, Marco Höhn was also active in the field of cultural and event management, at times with his own event agency.
With lots of energy, calm perseverance and always in a cheerful mood, Marco Höhn built up the media practice section of the communication and media science courses at the University of Bremen, for which he was responsible until the end. In doing so, he placed a major focus on interlocking university teaching with the media landscape in the state of Bremen and nationwide. Marco Höhn had a foresighted view of future developments. He offered practical advice on the move to digitalization in the media industry, when many educational institutions in Germany were still waiting for this to happen. He cultivated close contacts with representatives from numerous fields of the media sector, who greatly valued his expertise. In the process, he was able to win many of them as lecturers for ZeMKI and our students. All this came together in his involvement in Klub Dialog, a networking platform for the cultural and creative industry in Bremen, where he became a member of the board in September 2018.
Academic teaching and close contact with students have always been at the heart of Marco Höhn's activities. He was a highly popular lecturer among students for his rousing lectures, his diverse teaching concepts, his open ear, his intensive advice and great support. Many – sometimes too many – chose him to supervise their degree theses, a task he pursued with dedication. For Marco Höhn, teaching was much more than simply delivering seminars. He also conceived and organized the "Media Practice" information events, which keep students updated on the job market and where innovative formats like "job speed dating" create opportunities to get together with future employers. Closely connected with the name Marco Höhn is also krosse.info, a cross-media student magazine on topics surrounding culture, media, leisure and society in which many former students of the University of Bremen who later worked in the media industry gained their first journalistic experience.
As a colleague, Marco Höhn was a haven of peace in the hectic academic world. Always ready to talk and with inspiringly profound humour, he stood at our side in many mental "crisis moments". In the sometimes chaotic everyday life at ZeMKI, Marco had everything in view and was – often far beyond the usual working hours – a doer, advisor and problem solver at the same time.
Marco Höhn was a team player (and not just an avowed HSV fan) and was on friendly terms with many of his colleagues at ZeMKI. The soccer betting rounds he initiated will long be fondly remembered, together with his former entertainment skills as a DJ and the frequent outings he organized to concerts and soccer matches.
We will all miss Marco very much.
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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:
"Audio-Visual Media and Historiography"
Head: Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels
"Communication History and Media Change"
Head: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz
"Computational Communication and Democracy"
Head: Prof. Dr. Yannis Theocharis
"Computational Communication and Democracy"
Head: Prof. Dr. Cornelius Puschmann
"Film, Media Art and Popular Culture"
Head: Prof. Dr. Winfried Pauleit
"Information management and Media"
Head: Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter
"Mediatization and Globalization"
Head: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp
"Media and Religion"
Head: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler
"Media Education and Educational Media"
Head: Prof. Dr. Karsten Wolf
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").
More information on the various publishing activities at ZeMKI can be found here: more ...
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.
More information about the events at ZeMKI can be found here: more ...
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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