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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 - 2022

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.


21. November 2019, Bremen: Internal Project Workshop

Transnational Communication History of the League of Nations: Results, Problems, Perspectives. Download the programme and further information regarding the workshop here.


  • Gellrich, A., Koenen, E., Averbeck-Lietz, S. (2019). The League of Nations „Open Diplomacy“: Strategy For a New World Order. Gehaltn auf der Konferenz A Century of Internationalisms: The Promise and Legacies of the League of Nations, Lissabon 18.–20. September 2019.
  • Averbeck-Lietz, S. Gellrich, A. & Koenen, E. (2019). ‘Open Diplomacy’ for the League of Nations: The Co-evolution of Journalism, PR and Public Diplomacy during the 1920s. Gehalten auf der IAMCR-Konferenz Communication, Technology and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths, Madrid, 7 – 11 Juli 2019
  • Gellrich, A., Averbeck-Lietz, S. & Koenen, E. (2019) Always frankly and in the public view? – the co-evolutive epistemic project of public diplomacy and transnational reporting under the League of Nations. Gehalten auf der International History of Public Relations Conference 2019, Bournemouth 26. – 28. Juni 2019.
  • 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’ –q 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.