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Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold

: Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold

Until August 2019


Christian Pentzold is Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies with a focus on Media Society at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Sciences. Prior to joining the University of Bremen in 2016, he was a lecturer at Technische Universität Chemnitz. He has studied media and communication at Chemnitz and at the University of Stirling. Funded by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) his doctoral research looked at practices and institutions of successful online communication and cooperation. In 2009, he was an EPSRC-funded doctoral visitor to the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Since 2012 Christian has been an Associate Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society, Berlin and in the academic year 2015 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London. He spent spring 2018 at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Research interests

Internet-assisted communication and collaboration, Digital media technologies, Qualitative and computer-assisted methods in communication research and media analysis, Theories of media practices and everyday mediated culture; Media memory and media temporalities


Pentzold, Christian; Brantner, Cornelia & Fölsche, Lena (2018): Imagining Big Data: Illustrations of ‘Big Data’ in US News Articles, 2010–2016. In: New Media & Society. Online first:

Pentzold, Christian (2018): Grounding Peer Production in Practice: Editorial Routines and Everyday Engagement in the ‘Free Encyclopedia Anyone Can Edit’. In: Communication, Culture and Critique.

Pentzold, Christian (2018): Between Moments and Millennia: Temporalising Mediatisation. In: Media, Culture & Society, 40(6), 927-937.

Pentzold, Christian & Fischer, Charlotte (2017): Framing Big Data: The Discursive Construction of a Radio Cell Query in Germany. In: Big Data & Society, 4(2).

Pentzold, Christian (2017): Editorial Surveillance and the Management of Visibility in Peer Production. In: International Journal of Communication, 11.

Pentzold, Christian (2017): 'What are these researchers doing in my Wikipedia?': Ethical Premises and Practical Judgment in Internet-Based Ethnography. In: Ethics and Information Technology, 19(2), 143-155.

Pentzold, Christian; Weltevrede, Esther; Mauri, Michele; Laniado, David; Kaltenbrunner, Andreas & Borra, Erik (2017): Digging Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia as digital cultural heritage gateway and site. In: ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 10(1), Art. 5.

Hajek, Andrea / Lohmeier, Christine / Pentzold, Christian (2016): Memory in a Mediated World. Rememberance and Reconstruction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (= Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies Series)

More information can be found here as well as at the ResearchGate.