Doing Global Media Studies

Comparative Methods of Transcultural and Transnational Research (11.-12. October 2010)

Doing Global Media Studies

On October 11-12, 2010, the ECREA preconference "Doing Global Media Studies: Comparative Methods of Transcultural and Transnational Research" is held at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen, organised by Michael Brüggemann (University of Zurich), Andreas Hepp (IMKI, University of Bremen) and Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw (University of Vienna).

'Global media studies' are an approach of media research which reflects the increasing phenomenon of transcultural and transnational communication: If we consider news or entertainment formats, the internet or mobile communication, mainstream or minority media – public and private communication increasingly transcends national and cultural borders. But how can we respond to this methodologically? Which innovative methods are necessary for media and communication research in a globalized media world? What kinds of empirical research are required for "doing" global media studies?

This conference tackles the methodological challenges facing comparative media research in a global age, reflecting critically the present status of transcultural and transnational communication. The 23 presentations by leading experts from five continents will address and discuss the whole range of methods of global media research, from ethnography, network studies, text and visual analysis to large scale surveys and multi-level designs.

Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Tristan Mattelart (Université Paris 8) have been confirmed as keynote speakers, the final talk will be given by Friedrich Krotz (University of Erfurt/Bremen).

If you have any questions regarding the preconference please contact the organizers Michael Brüggemann (University of Zurich),
Andreas Hepp (University of Bremen) or
Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw (University of Vienna)
at dgms[at]

Conference fee: 60EUR/30EUR for graduate students.

For conference registration please visit the website of the main ECREA conference:

The preconference is held by the Network of Intercultural and International Communication (NIIK) and the DGPuK-section International and Intercultural Communication.

The preconference is supported by the Collaborative Research Centre Transformations of the State, the IMKI, the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen.

Updated by: Maier