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Transnational Communication History of the League of Nations in the Inter-War Period (1920-1938)

The institutional, professional and public spheres of journalism in the League of Nations in international comparison

Leader: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz

ZeMKI Lab "Communication History and Media Change"

Project Duration: 2017 - 2020

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

The transnational communication history of the League of Nations in the interwar period (1920-1938) will be analyzed by focusing on the dimensions of a) the organization of information politics, b) professional journalism and c) the coverage of the assemblies of the League of Nations in an international comparison (countries of the press coverage analysis are: Germany, France, GB, Austria, Switzerland, US). Research is based on a method mix of document analysis, collective biographies and qualitative and quantitative content analysis.


  • Gellrich, A., Averbeck-Lietz, Koenen, E. (2019). Covering the League of Nations: Co-evolution of transnational conference journalism and ‘open diplomacy’ in the interwar period (1920–’38). Gehalten im Rahmen des Workshops Relational Event Models (REM) des Doc-Netzwerks n(sna) – Qualitative und Quantitative Ansätze der Sozialen Netzwerkanalyse, Bremen, 22. – 23. Januar 2019.
  • Koenen, E., Gellrich, A. & Averbeck-Lietz, S. (2018). Conference journalism and “open diplomacy” The League of Nations communication concept as an epistemic project. Gehalten auf der ECREA-Konferenz Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation, Lugano 31. October – 3. November 2018.
  • Averbeck-Lietz, S., Koenen, E. & Gellrich, A. (2018). The League of Nations “Open Diplomacy”: The 20th Century Challenge for Transnational Journalism. Gehalten auf der Konferenz Journalism across Borders: The Production and “Produsage” of News in the Era of Transnationalization, Ilmenau, 26.–28. September 2018.
  • Koenen, E., Gellrich, A. & Averbeck-Lietz, S. (2018). Transnationale Kommunikationsgeschichte des Völkerbundes in der Zwischenkriegszeit (1920-1938). Institutions-, Professions- und Öffentlichkeitssphäre des Völkerbundjournalismus im Mehrländervergleich. Gehalten im Rahmen des ZemKI-Forschungskolloquiums, Sommersemester 2018, Bremen, 16. Mai.


  • Koenen, E., Gellrich, A. & Averbeck-Lietz, S. (2019). The League of Nations “Open Diplomacy”-Strategy for a New Information Order. Zu halten auf der Konferenz A Century of Internationalisms: The Promise and Legacies of the League of Nations, Lissabon, 19.–20. September 2019.