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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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New publication by Professor Sarah Bishop with support from ZeMKI

"A Story to Save Your Life: Communication and Culture in Migrants' Search for Asylum" by Professor Sarah Bishop (2020 ZeMKI fellow) illuminates the harrowing reality of pursuing asylum in the United States.

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ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp as guest at the local news station buten un binnen

In an interview with Felix Krömer, Andreas Hepp talks about the mechanisms of social media and the role of influencers. Their relevance and influence, among other things in political discourse, is critically questioned.

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New chapter by ZeMKI-Members Kerstin Radde-Antweiler and Hannah Grünenthal: “Investigating Media Appropriation. Photo Elicitation as a Tool for Collecting Data from the Media Repertoire”

The chapter discusses the use of photo elicitation in qualitative interviews and is published in the book "Mediatisierung religiöser Kultur" (“Mediatization of Religious Culture”).

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The International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion (IASGAR) went online

It is now also present on Twitter, Facebook and Discord.The Academy is interested in a critical discourse on video games and values.

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New article about pioneer journalism in the media magazine "M Menschen Machen Medien"

Author Bärbel Röben presents the research project on pioneer journalism by project leaders Andreas Hepp, Leif Kramp, Hendrik Kühn and Wiebke Loosen, which investigates new strategies within the transformation process of journalism.

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Doctoral thesis of ZeMKI member Irina Zakharova honored with "summa cum laude

On Wednesday Irina Zakharova successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled: "UNDERSTANDING DATA STUDIES: A methodological and conceptual inquiry into research on datafication". The doctoral thesis was awarded "summa cum laude" by all reviewers.

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New at the ZeMKI: Daniel Moersener

Welcome to the ZeMKI! Daniel Moersener joins the ZeMKI in the Lab "Film, Media Art and Popular Culture".

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New chapter by ZeMKI member Andreas Hepp und Wiebke Loosen: "Beyond Innovation: Pioneer journalism and the re-figuration of journalism"

The chapter addresses a future-oriented form of journalism, so-called "pioneer journalism". The change in journalistic organizations that accompanies innovation is contextualized and examined within the change in journalism as a whole.

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Andreas Hepp in conversation with Thorsten Jantschek in the podcast "Tacheles" by Deutschlandfunk Kultur

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp talks about the ideology of the so-called "pioneer communities" of Silicon Valley, digitalization and the common good.

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New article by ZeMKI-member Daria Dergacheva: "The limits of compromise: how Yandex is falling apart"

Dr. Daria Dergacheva is tracing the history of Yandex, Russia’s search engine that evolved into one of the world’s best digital ecosystems.

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ZeMKI-Research Seminar with Prof. Dr. Chankyung Pak (Kyungpook National University, South Korea)

The topic of the colloquium is "Biases in Digital Trace Data and Statistical Correction: Sample Selection and Measurement Error Models".

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New ZeMKI Lab: "Innovative Methods & Political Will Formation"

Head of the Lab is Prof. Dr. Stephanie Geise. It uses computer-based, process-accompanying and experimental research methods to investigate how visual and multimodal media messages affect political thought and action.

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Final Conference of the Communication Studies Memory Research Network: "Communicating Memory Matters"

The two-day event will take place from June 30 to July 01. The leaders of the network are the former ZeMKI members Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold and Prof. Dr. Christine Lohmeier.

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International Fellowship: Dr. Zakharchenko as New Visiting Fellow at ZeMKI

Kjiv-based Dr. Artem Zakharchenko will be a guest fellow at the ZeMKI from June 2022 to May 2023. Based at the “Platform Governance, Media, and Technology”, Dr. Zakharchenko will be researching on war communication and strategic narratives on social media in the context of the Russian invasion.

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New working paper by ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Phoebe V. Moore: "Problems in protections for working data subjects: Becoming strangers to ourselves"

Prof Moore's research paper addresses the complexity in worker protections, when privacy and data law are weighted towards consumer, rather than working data subjects.

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Lecture by Andrea Grahl and Katharina Heitmann-Werner: "Alternatives Gatekeeping: Tinder die Stadt"

The lecture will take place on June 30 within the Southwest German Media Days in Landau.

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Lecture series "SchlussPunktStart" - "Between newsworthiness and structural factors"

On June 29, 2022, Benedikt Westphal will present his research results on the topic "Between news value and structural factors - Which aspects influence the implementation of constructive journalism in editorial offices" at the Galerie am schwarzen meer (Am Schwarzen Meer 121) at 5 pm.

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Worlds of Contradiction: Digitalities of war: Pl(r)ay for Ukraine – Registration until June 26

The "Digital Diaspora Lab" of the interdisciplinary, humanities research initiative "World of Contradictions" invites you to the online lecture on June 27 at 6 pm.

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Lecture by ZeMKI member Dr. Jens Pohlmann: "IT Journalism and the Tech Blog Sphere".

The lecture will take place on 25.6.2022 in the framework of the conference "Histories of Digital Journalism 2022" at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

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ZeMKI Member Denise Fechner Receives Top Faculty Paper Award from ICA Journalism Studies Division

The award is for her paper "Predictive Data Stories: Typology of a Nascent Data-Journalistic Genre," co-authored by Christian Pentzold, former ZeMKI member.


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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. 

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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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