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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.

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Workshop by Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler at the University of Munich: „Normativität in Bewegung Die Rolle von Wissenschaftler*innen im medialen Diskurs“

The lecture will take place on October 6 as part of the interdisciplinary conference „Werte in Bewegung – Religion, Medien und Normativität“

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Lecture by ZeMKI member Dr. Stephan O. Görland in the "Schlaues Haus Oldenburg"

On October 06 at 19:30 Stephan O. Görland will give a lecture about the functionality and usage of the smartphone. The lecture will take place online.

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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp at the University Colorado (Boulder): “Californian Ideology”? How pioneer communities shape digital society and our social world

The lecture will take place on October 5 at 5 p.m. in Boulder.

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New Book by ZeMKI-Member Friedrich Krotz: Die Teilung geistiger Arbeit per Computer. Eine Kritik der Digitalisierung

The book addresses the relation of digitalization to the capitalist system, which is inherent in the division of physical labor, with the simultaneous emergence of new forms of work organization.

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Project “‘You Are Your History‘: Family Memory and Identity on Genealogy Platforms“ receives funding from the University of Bremen’s Central Research Development Fund (CRDF)

Throughout the three-year project Rieke Böhling will analyze how genealogical research is conducted online. The project is situated in Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz’s lab Communication History and Media Change.

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Lectures and workshop by ZeMKI member Philip Sinner at the 5th annual conference of the DGPuK specialist group Media Sports and Sports Communication.

From September 21 to 23, 2022, the 5th annual conference of the DGPuK specialist group Media Sports and Sports Communication will take place at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz under the title "Sports Communication in Transition".

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Lecture by ZeMKI member Dr. Cornelia Driesen on university communication in Germany

Dr. Cornelia Driesen will give a presentation on the current survey on the situation of university communication considering the demands for communication during ongoing crises at the 2022 Annual Conference of the German Association of University Communication on Sept. 22.

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New article by ZeMKI member Philip Sinner: "Mediatization in Times of Pandemic: How German Grassroots Sports Clubs Employed Digital Media to Overcome Communication Challenges During COVID-19".

Dr. Philip Sinner and other members of the research group CoKoMeV (Covid-19 - Communication - Media - Sports Clubs) publish an article in the journal "Communication & Sport".

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New Issue of "Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research"

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Stephanie Averbeck-Lietz co-edited the current issue of the journal with Leen d'Haenes.

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Poster presentation by ZeMKI member Dr. Cornelia Driesen: "How does university communication reach students?

Dr. Cornelia Driesen presented her research poster on "How to Reach University Communication Students - Researching with MeTag" at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Higher Education Research 2022 (GfHf) in Vienna.

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Funding for Global Survey on Platform Governance

The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is funding a project at ZeMKI as part of its media research funding program.

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Lecture by Kerstin Radde-Antweiler: "Blended Learning, Inverted Classrooms, Hybrid oder Online - Hauptsache Stud.IP!"

Kerstin Radde-Antweiler will give a presentation on blended learning and inverted classroom at the Stud.IP conference 2022. The conference offers didactic content apart from the common plenary points and also focuses on organization and administration.

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New article by ZeMKI member Kerstin Radde-Antweiler: "Religious media settlers in times of deep mediatization".

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler and other members of the project "Religious Minorities in Times of Deep Mediatization" publish an article in the journal "Religion".

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Andreas Hepp Visiting Scholar at Stanford University

From August 29, 2022 to October 17, 2022, Andreas Hepp is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Communication at Stanford University, USA.

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Congratulations! Stephanie Geise is appointed "University Professor for Lifetime" by the City of Bremen

With this appointment, Stephanie Geise is now officially part of the University of Bremen and the ZeMKI.

Lecture by David Holmes on non-persuasive communication of climate science

Prof. Dr. David Holmes, Founder and Director of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Australia speaks in a special session of the ZeMKI Research Seminar on "Non-persuasive communication of climate science, impacts and solutions".

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New at the ZeMKI: Philip Sinner

Welcome to the ZeMKI! Philip Sinner joins the ZeMKI in the Lab "Mediatization and Globalization".

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Final Presentation of the PRAXIS Summer Camp on 26 August at 09:30 am

This year, the Department of Economics at the University of Bremen, in cooperation with the ZeMKI and the companies TOPAS and TheFutureLiving, organized its successful teaching format Praxistransfer for the sixth time. On Friday, the final presentation of the Summer Camp will take place.

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New at the ZeMKI: Julie Lüpkes

Welcome to the ZeMKI! Julie Lüpkes joins the ZeMKI in the Lab "Mediatization and Globalization".

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Review of the research software MeTag App and MeTag Analyze in the journal M&K

The current issue of "Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft" (M&K) features a review of the research software MeTag App and MeTag Analyze. Andreas Hepp is principal investigator within the development of the software.


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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 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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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

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ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research
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