Digital Communication and Communication History


Joint annual conference of the sections „Digital Communication“ and „Communication History“ of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) from 16. to 18. January 2019 at the University of Bremen

We are pleased to welcome you to our website for the joint annual conference of the DGPuK's Digital Communication and Communication History Groups. 

The conference on "Digital Communication and Communication History: Perspectives, Potentials, Problem Areas" will take place from 17. to 18. January 2018 at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen. 

Here you will find all important information on registration, the conference programme and accommodation.


House of Science

Sand road 4/5

28195 Bremen 

Registrations are now possible until 19 December 2018.

Conference fee

60 € for holders of professorships and full staff positions

30 € for doctoral students and part-time employees

Registration by e-mail to Ms Denise Tansel

When registering, please leave an invoice address and a note indicating whether you are transferring the full or reduced conference fee. We will then prepare the corresponding invoice vouchers for you. Please also indicate whether you will be attending the Get Together (16 January) and the conference dinner (17 January) as a self-payer.

The deadline for registration and payment is December 19, 2018.




10:00 - 17:00 o'clock

Doctoral workshop of the Digital Communication Section (programme is open to participants)
Room 60.700, ZeMKI, Linzer Strasse 4, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Contact: Susann Kohout ( and Anne Reif (

13:00 - 18:30 o'clock

Computational Methods for communication historians: Methods of text analysis with R
Workshop of the Communication History Section with Jakob Jünger (Greifswald)
Research Laboratory, ZeMKI, Linzer Strasse 4, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Contact: Thomas Birkner (

7:00 p.m.

Get Together
Restaurant Luv - Café. Bar. Lounge.
Battles 15-18
28195 Bremen - Schlachte



House of Science
Sand road 4/5
28195 Bremen

8:30 - 9: 00 a.m.

Arrival and registration   

9:00 a.m.

Welcome by the professional groups and organizers

9:30 a.m.

Keynote I + Q&A       

Anat Ben-David (The Open University of Israel): Web archives as memoryware: Critical reflections on sources and methods for web history

10:30 a.m.

Tea & Coffee  

11:00 - 12:30 o'clock

Panel 1: Understanding and Capturing Digital Communication and the History of Communication - Theories, Methodologies and Methods

Erik Koenen (Bremen); Christian Schwarzenegger (Augsburg); Lisa Bolz (Paris); Peter Gentzel (Augsburg); Leif Kramp (Bremen); Christian Pentzold (Bremen) & Christina Sanko (Bremen): Announced revolutions take place? Contours, Problems, and Potentials of Communication and Media History Research in Digital Contexts

Jürgen Wilke (Mainz): Between tradition and innovation. The transfer of user research into the online world and its consequences for the history of communication

Thomas Birkner (Münster); Erik Koenen (Bremen) & Christian Schwarzenegger (Augsburg): Digital Transformations - Derivatives, Deficits and Desiderata from 100 Years of Journalism History

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Special Window Award of the Young Investigators Prize of the Department of Communication History

14:00 - 16:00 o'clock

Panel 2: Analyzing and Shaping Digital Communication and the History of Communication - Institutions and Contexts

André Dechert (Augsburg): From Experiencing the Past to Forecasting the Future: Youth Media Protection and the Gamers' Community in the Federal Republic of Germany 

Hendrik Michael (Bamberg); Miriam Czichon (Bamberg) & Sophie Winkler (Bamberg): Netflix and kill? Disruptive Innovation in the Age of Digitalization

Silke Fürst (Fribourg): The diffusion of the Internet as self-fulfilling prophecy: On the role of public discourses in the establishment of new media

Pentzold, Christian (Bremen); Puschmann, Cornelius (Hamburg): What is the "Internet"? On the academic career of a keyword, 1999 to 2018

16:00 o'clock

Tea & Coffee

4:30 p.m.

Keynote II + Q&A

Gabriele Balbi (Università della Svizzera italiana): Why and how to do digital media history?

17:30 hrs

Joint meeting of the sections Communication History and Digital Communication

7:00 p.m.


Bremen Council Cellar
On the market
28195 Bremen



House of Science
Sand road 4/5
28195 Bremen

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Roundtable: Legal Situation - Legal Issues: New Questions of Exploitation Law in the Digital Age 

Thomas Birkner (WWU Münster); Johannes Fournier (German Research Foundation); Linda Kuschel (Humboldt University Berlin); Patrick Rössler (U Erfurt) & Anke Schierholz (VG Bild Kunst)

10:00 a.m.

Tea & Coffee

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Analyzing and Shaping Digital Communication and the History of Communication - Worlds of Meaning and Discourses

Erik Koenen (Bremen); Falko Krause (Berlin) & Simon Sax (Bremen): Big News Data. Practice and Potential of Digital Methods of "Distant Reading" for Historical Press Research

Christian Schwarzenegger (Augsburg); Cornelia Brantner (Augsburg); Anna Wagner (Augsburg) & Katharina Lobinger (Lugano): Gulag, Marx and SED: Historical References in (Humorous) Memes of Left and Right Activists in Social Media 

Michael Wild (Bamberg): Continuities and breaks in public communication. On the comparative description of public change 

Holger Lund (Ravensburg); Burkard Michel (Stuttgart) & Oliver Zöllner (Stuttgart): Aura of Sound Sculpture: The Vinyl Record as a Sign and Action Carrier of Social Transformations in Digitalization


12:30 p.m.

lunchtime snack


13:00 o'clock - 14:30 o'clock

Panel 4: Analyzing and Shaping Digital Communication and the History of Communication - Techniques and Technologies

Sebastian Jürss (Leipzig) & Nils S. Borchers (Leipzig): Beautiful new digital working world? On the Sharing Economy and the Role of Technology    

Doreen Reifegerste (Erfurt) & Heike Sabrina Kessler (Zurich): Digital self-tracking from a historical perspective. Body Performance Measurement in Health Exhibitions 

Jakob Jünger (Greifswald): A brief history of APIs - how do online platforms organize data access for third parties?


14:30 pm

Conference conclusion by the specialist groups and organisers


The following hotels have limited room contingents available:


Motel One Bremen

At the Brill 10

28195 Bremen

85,00 Euro per night incl. breakfast

Reservation number 545151348

Contingent available until 3.12.2018


Novum Hotel Bremer Haus

Löning street 16-20

28195 Bremen

64,80 Euro per night incl. breakfast

Keyword "DGPuK 2019"

contingent available until 14.12.2018


Star Inn Hotel Bremen

Bahnhofsplatz 5-7

28159 Bremen, Germany

85 Euro per night

Reservation number 545151348

Keyword "DGPUK2019"

Contingent available until 18.12.2018