Research Fellows

The ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, offers a thriving interdisciplinary research environment in the areas of media, communication and information. Involved disciplines include communication and media studies, computer science, cultural studies, educational science, studies in religion, and history. Since mid-2017, the ZeMKI invites applications from excellent researchers in the field of media, communication, and information.

Open Call for Fellowship Applications, 2023

(call closes on February 21, 2023, 23:59 CET)

Come and work with us! With our Fellowship programme we invite international researchers to Bremen for four weeks to deepen and connect their research in the transformation of media, communication and information. We are looking for established scholars (e.g. PhD/doctoral degree, professorship)  that want to enjoy the thriving interdisciplinary research environment at ZeMKI.

Involved disciplines include communication and media studies, computer science, film studies, educational science, studies in religion, and history. Since mid-2017, the ZeMKI has regularly hosted colleagues from all over the world. 


What we expect:

The duration of the fellowship is one month. Applicants should demonstrate experience in their respective field of research and a strong interest in working jointly with principal investigators at ZeMKI to develop new ideas together. The main focus of the ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellowship is to pursue a joint project together with at least two ZeMKI Labs (find the full list here: The joint project can take various forms and should aim to produce impact for academic and public debates in their respective area of scholarly focus. 

The following outputs are expected:

  • a research paper submitted to the peer-reviewed “Communicative Figurations” working paper series 
  • a public presentation in the ZeMKI Research Seminar 

For a successful application it is highly recommended to inform oneself about current activities in the ZeMKI Labs of interest and the work of principal investigators at ZeMKI.  


What we offer:

  • Research Resources: Fellows are welcome and encouraged to make use of and connect with ZeMKI's research resources in the context of their collaboration with ZeMKI labs, including the research studios, IT pools/technical equipment, cooperatives and initiatives.
  • Access to the State and University Library Bremen: All fellows will be provided with access to the central academic library of the U Bremen.
  • Courses: Fellows are eligible to participate as listeners or guest lecturers in courses in the diverse media study programmes at ZeMKI. They have to individually ask for permission directly from the professor or lecturer.
  • A honorarium of 3,000 euros plus a budget for research-related expenses of up to 1,500 euros 


What you need to submit in order to apply:

Please submit the following documents combined as a single PDF file: 

  • A personal statement of 500 words max. on (1) your motivation to work with us, (2) your preferred period for the research visit (April to June or October to December). Please (3) indicate also the ZeMKI labs you would like to collaborate with.
  • An up-to-date academic CV
  • Proposed topic for the lecture in the ZeMKI Research Seminar

Application deadline: The closing date for receipt of applications is February 21, 2023 (23:59 CET). We are unfortunately unable to accept any late applications.

Please send your application as a single PDF file via e-mail to zemki-fellowshipprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

Download the flyer of the call here.


Fellows in chronological order

From 2020 to 2022, eight fellows joined the ZeMKI:

  • Prof. Dr. Phoebe Moore (University of Leicester, UK) (October 5 - November 26, 2021)
  • Dr. Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (Lund University, Sweden) (October 30 - November 30, 2021)
  • Prof. Dr. Hillel Nossek (Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel) (November 15-December 15, 2021)
  • Prof. Dr. Michelle Stack (The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) (April 1-30, 2022)
  • Prof. Dr. Fernando Cavalcante (UNI7, Fortaleza, Brazil) (April 18 - May 20, 2022)
  • Prof. Dr. Gregory Grieve (University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA) (June 25 - July 25, 2022)
  • Prof. Dr. Chankyung Pak (Kyungpook National University, South Korea) (June 23 - July 21, 2022)
  • Prof. Dr. Nicholas Baer (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) (October 3-28, 2022)

Prof. Dr. Phoebe V. Moore

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Phoebe V. Moore is Associate Professor for Political Economy and Technology at the School of Business of the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. She has been writing about work and worker struggle since 1997 when she lived in South Korea during the East Asian economic crisis, and her research highlights specific pressures workers face in contemporary and historical context. Her current research looks at the impact of technology on work from a critical perspective, looking at quantification through wearable tracking and algorithmic decision-making as a set of management techniques where control and resistance emerge as well as new risks of psychosocial and physical violence (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). Her previous work looked at the role of trade unions in international development and poverty policy in relation to International Labour Organization’s multilateral relationships (2014); subjectivity and the radical potentials of non-proprietary peer to peer production linking workers across virtual spaces (2009, 2011); and the globalization of worker education from a neo-Gramscian perspective where hegemony is not yet solidified, evidenced through consistent worker uprisings internationally (2005, 2006, 2007).


Dr. Anamaria Dutceac Segesten

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Anamaria Dutceac Segesten is Senior Lecturer in European Studies at Lund University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Univeristy of Maryland (USA) and has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Research-wise, Dr. Dutceac Segesten has written extensively on the topic of nationalism, collective identity and conflict. She is currently driving several projects investigating the role of social media in democratic politics. Her pedagogical experience covers European Union politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics and East and Central European politics. Dr. Dutceac Segesten is co-founder of the European Studies discipline at Lund University. She has taught at universities in the United States and Scandinavia, where she has supervised over 40 theses at the under and post-graduate levels. She has been twice nominated for university-wide pedagogical awards. Dr. Dutceac Segesten is an active member of the SamTech think-tank, founded at Lund University for the purpose of providing expert advice on how technology impacts society, and of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning network, which brings together engineers, data scientists, humanists, lawyers, and social scientists to discuss the development of AI and its practical, social, and ethical consequences.

Prof. Dr. Hillel Nossek

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Hillel Nossek is head of the research authority and head of the Communications Department of the Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee. Since October 2018, he is head of the Dan Shomron Institute for Research on Security, Society and Peace Studies. Among the academic positions he held in the past: Dean of the School of Communications, Head of the Research Authority and Head of the Teaching Authority of the College of Management Academic Studies, Chairman of the Israel Communication Association and Head of the Media, Public Opinion and Society Sector at the International Association for the Study of Mass Media. Editor of the Journal of the Israel Communication Association: Media Frameworks (from 2015). His primary research and publications include the consumption of new and old media, and their use for the construction of social identities; News in general and foreign news in particular (production, distribution, and consumption). He is also interested in the link between political violence, terrorism and media; Military and media relations in general, and military and security censorship in particular, as well as community communications and alternative media.


Prof. Dr. Michelle Stack

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Michelle Stack is Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Studies of the University of British Colubmia at Vancouver Campus, Canada. She is the author of Global University Ranking and the Mediatization of Higher Education, and she is editor of a second upcoming book on university rankings and journal impact factors. Michelle has led several courses and workshops focused on building the capacity of scholars and scholar-practitioners to engage media to expand policy debates.  She has also led community engaged research using photovoice and video. Michelle is an associate professor in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, winner of the 2017 Killam Award for Teaching, a public commentator on education and a former senior policy advisor.  Her central research interest concerns how people, knowledge and institutions are categorized and the influence of these categorizations on our ability to grapple with “wicked problems” including inequity and climate change.


Prof. Dr. Fernando Luiz Nobre Cavalcante

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Fernando Cavalcante is Associate Professor of Media and Communication Research at the Department of Communication at UNI7, Fortaleza, Brazil. He is also the coordinator of the Communication Research Center (NUPECOM) and member of the UNI7 Distance Learning Implementation Board. He is founder and senior researcher of the Ernst Manheim Public Opinion Laboratory. His main research focus is on the development of a software project for conversation analysis and interaction in instantaneous communication networks (WhatsApp) and focus group research analysis with Qualitative Data Analysis Software (ATLAS.ti).


Prof. Dr. Gregory Grieve

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Gregory Price Grieve is Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He conducts research at the intersection of religion, popular culture and Buddhism, with a particular focus on religious practices that employ digital media, such as the Internet, virtual worlds, and video games. His most recent book, CyberZen (2016), explores Buddhist identity, community and religious practices in the virtual world of Second Life. Besides an accomplished researcher he is a decorated teacher, and an able administrator. In 2016, he was awarded the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor bestowed by the North Carolina system for superior teaching. Service also plays a pivotal role in his career, and he has served on over forty major committees, as the Head of the Department, and as the Chair of the College Assembly. Through his service to the profession he has shaped the field of digital religion by serving as an advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council, and has served as a series editor for Routledge and De Gruyter. Furthermore, he pioneered the study of digital religion during his six years as chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Religion and Popular Culture Group, and he is now chair of the AAR’s new Seminar on Religion and Digital Gaming. He is also a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion, and its new journal, Gamevironments. 

Prof. Dr. Chankyung Pak

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Chankyung Pak is Assistant Professor in Division of Business and Management (DBM) at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University (BNU-HKBU UIC). He is a computational social scientist who’s interested in the evolution of public discourse mediated by transforming media ecosystem. In most of his works, he tries to put media studies, information science and economics together. Currently, he works with Dr. Magdalena Wojcieszak  for an ERC project on backfire effects that follow exposure to dissimilar views online. While he is an avid learner of economic theory, mathematical argument and machine learning, he started as a cultural study scholar and still is looking to connect his research back with critical theories on algorithms and artificial intelligence. He recently defended his dissertation, “News Organizations’ News Link Sharing Strategies on Twitter: Economic Theory and Computational Text Analysis,” in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He is also a former member of Behavior, Information and Technology Lab (BITLab).


Prof. Dr. Nicholas Baer

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Nicholas Baer is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Groningen. He was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities. He completed his PhD in Film & Media and Critical Theory in 2015 with a dissertation on the relationship between cinema and the crisis of historicism in the early twentieth century. Together with Anton Kaes and Michael Cowan, he edited The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907–1933 (University of California Press, 2016), which won the Limina Award for the Best International Film Studies Book and the Award of Distinction for Best Edited Collection from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Baer’s research has been supported through yearlong fellowships from the Fulbright Program, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Leo Baeck Institute / Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He is also the recipient of the Karsten-Witte-Preis for best film essay of the year from the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft. 



Fellows in chronological order

In 2019, ten fellows join the ZeMKI:

  • Dr. Lisa Bolz (Sorbonne University, France) (April 23-May 25)
  • Dr. Maria Kyriakidou (Cardiff University, UK) (May 9-June 5)
  • Dr. Sophie Knowles (Middlesex University London, UK) (June 3-June 26)
  • Dr. Lina Dencik (Cardiff University, UK) (September 9-October 4)
  • Dr. Simone Natale (Loughborough University, UK) (October 7-November 1)
  • Dr. Samuel Van Ransbeeck (University of Manchester, UK) (October 7-November 1)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Lunt (University of Leicester, UK) (October 14-November 8)
  • Prof. Dr. Ghislain Thibault (University of Montréal) (October 28-November 22)
  • Dr. Jens Pohlmann (German Historical Insititute Washington D.C., USA) (November 20-December 18)
  • Prof. Dr. Usha Raman (University of Hyderabad, India) (November 25-December 20)

Dr. Lisa Bolz

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Lisa Bolz studied communication science, history of science and transcultural studies in Münster, Rome, Heidelberg, Berlin and Paris. She was a doctoral student at the Universities of Paris-Sorbonne and Münster with a dissertation project on the journalistic format of the telegraphic agency devesche and on international news flows in the 19th century. From 2014 to 2017, she worked as a research assistant at the German Historical Institute in Paris, in 2017 she was a guest researcher at Stanford University and currently she is a research assistant at the Institute of Communication Studies (CELSA) at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Her work focuses on journalism research, press history, transcultural communication and digital research methods.

Dr. Maria Kyriakidou

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Maria Kyriakidou is a Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture. Her research engages with the relationship between media and globalisation, with a particular focus on the mediation of distant suffering and global crises. Her current research focuses on the mediation of the European 'refugee crisis'. She has published work on audience engagement with distant disasters, the media coverage of the Euro crisis, and global media events. She is the vice-chair of the ECREA Communication and Democracy Section and of the new Temporary Working Group on the Ethics of Mediated Suffering.  Maria teaches BA modules on media, globalisation and journalism, and an MA module on media theory. Before joining Cardiff, Maria was a lecturer in Media, Cultural Politics and Communications at the University of East Anglia. She holds an MSc in Social and Public Communication and a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. 

Dr. Sophie Knowles

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Sophie Knowles is a senior lecturer in journalism and programme leader, Journalism and Communications at the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at Middlesex University London. Her PhD based on a trination longitudinal study of the reporting of three financial crises. She has previously held research and teaching posts at: Murdoch University, Australia; City University, London; and the University of Cambridge. Her main areas of research have centred on the role of the media in  financial crises, and the way political economy is being shaped and represented by media and understood by the general public. Her publication The Reporting of the GFC and the Declining Quality in Mainstream Financial Journalism: A Longitudinal Tri-Nation Study was nominated for best paper at the ICA. Her book, Mediating financial crisis: watchdogs, lapdogs or canaries in the coalmine, is being published by Peter Lang in 2019 and explores the role of journalists in mediating finance and the economy during times of crisis. She co-edited the book Media and austerity: comparative perspectives and has publoished a paper on the media and financial capability. (Routledge 2018.) She also explores the implications of gender in the newsroom and in news content, and the ways inequality is being represented by the media. 

Dr. Lina Dencik

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Lina Dencik is Reader at Cardiff's School of Journalism, Media and Culture and Co-Founder/Director of the Data Justice Lab. Her research concerns the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on resistance and globalisation. Recently, she has moved into the areas of digital surveillance and the politics of data and worked on the ESRC-funded project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society and the project Managing Threats: Social Media Uses for Policing Domestic Extremism and Disorder funded by the Media Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations. Lina has recently been awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council and is Principal Investigator on the project DATAJUSTICE. With the Data Justice Lab, she has also worked on two further projects, Data Scores as Governance funded by the Open Society Fondations and Data Policies funded by IDRC India (in collaboration with IT for Change), and is currently working on a new two-year project Towards Democratic Auditing funded by the Open Society Foundations. She is the author of four books including Media and Global Civil Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Worker Resistance and Media: Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century (co-authored with Peter Wilkin, Peter Lang, 2015), and Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Emancipation and Control (co-edited with Oliver Leistert, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015). Her fourth book (co-authored with Arne Hintz and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen) Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society was published with Polity Press in 2018. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London and has previously worked at the Central European University in Budapest where she is still a Fellow with the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS). Prior to that she worked as a television producer/director at Brook Lapping Productions in London.

Dr. Simone Natale

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Simone Natale is Senior Lecturer at the University of Loughborough's Communication and Media department. His main areas of interest are media history and digital media. He completed his Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Turin, Italy, in 2011, and has researched and taught in numerous international institutions, including Columbia University in New York, USA, Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Cologne in Germany, and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is the author of a monograph, Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016), and of articles published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Media, Culture & Society, and Media History. He was awarded research fellowships by world-leading institutions such as the Humboldt Foundation and Columbia University’s Italian Academy. He is Assistant Editor of Media, Culture & Society.

Dr. Samuel Van Ransbeeck

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Samuel Van Ransbeeck is a research associate in Brazilian Studies at the University of Manchester. His background is in electronic music and interactive arts. He did his PhD at the Catholic University of Porto, Portugal, where he developed DataScapR, a sonification toolbox for composers and sound artists to make music using stock market data. After finishing his PhD, he has used this system to create sonifications in Milton Keynes to sonify energy usage, and Rio de Janeiro for the Outros Registros project. His research interests lie mainly in sonification, algorithmic composition, socially engaged art, interactive art, and Brazilian art.

Prof. Dr. Peter Lunt

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Peter Lunt is a Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, UK. His research interests include media audiences, public participation in popular culture (talk shows and reality TV), media regulation, consumption research and the links between media and social theory.
He has been interested in consumer studies or consumption research for over twenty years. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was interested in what appeared to be a growing link between consumption and identity and particularly the way that regulatory changes were opening up personal finances allowing an increase in personal debt and accompanying shifts in social attitudes and ethical responses to consumer society. In audience studies and the study of popular culture he has worked mainly on the talk show genre which anticipated the increasing mediation of public participation which has developed in reality TV and new media. He originally (also with Sonia Livingstone) was interested in the links between the mediation of public engagement and political culture and the changing conception of public service media. He is still writing about talk shows and in recent years have been interested in sensational talk shows such as the Jerry Springer Show and the Jeremy Kyle Show. He is also working on other popular culture TV genres including makeover TV and am working (with Claire Lynch at Brunel) on the relation between identity, memory and history in Who Do You Think You Are?

Prof. Dr. Ghislain Thibault

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Ghislain Thibault is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal. He received his PhD in 2010 from the Université de Montréal before pursuing postdoctoral work at Harvard University. Appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011, he later joined the Université de Montréal in 2015. His current research project explores the conceptual and historical relationships between machines and media in mid twentieth-century theories. His recent work in the cultural and material history of media and on the history of philosophy of technology has appeared in journals such as Canadian Literature and the Canadian Journal of Communication , Configurations and VIEW .

Dr. Jens Pohlmann

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Jens Pohlmann is Gerda Henkel Fellow for Digital History 2018-19 at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Furthermore, he is an Associate Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. His research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st Century German Literature and Culture, Digital Humanities, Media Studies, and Transatlantic Internet Policy. Jens received his PhD from Stanford University in 2017 with a thesis on the marketing strategies of avant-garde authors in the German public sphere. He was a CESTA Graduate Research Fellow from 2015 to 2016 and is currently working on a comparative analysis of the internet policy discourse in Germany and the United States based on digital text corpora: “Free Speech, Regulation, and Democracy in the Digital Age - An Analysis of Transatlantic Internet Policy Differences in Germany and the United States."

Jens Pohlmann

Prof. Dr. Usha Raman

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2019

Usha Raman is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, India. Before entering academa in 2010, she worked as a freelance journalist and health communicator for over three decades, publishing on topics related to health, technology and women’s issues in a range of mainstream newspapers and magazines. She writes a column for one of India’s largest dailies, The Hindu, and edits a monthly magazine for school teachers, Teacher Plus. Usha received her doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA, in 1996. Her research interests include cultural studies of science, health communication, feminist media studies, and the social and cultural impact of digital media. At the University, she offers courses on basic and advanced writing, digital media and cyberculture, and health communication. She has also worked on a range of consulting projects on health promotion and behaviour change communication for the Indian Institute of Public Health (Hyderabad), UNICEF (India) and The George Institute for Global Health (India). While at MIT, she will be looking at curriculum development and delivery in digital media studies, apart from doing a series of interviews for an ongoing project on interdisciplinarity.


Fellows in chronological order

In 2018, ten fellows join the ZeMKI:

  • Dr. Ricardo Gaulia Borrmann (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) (April 16-May 11)
  • Dr. Roser Beneito-Montagut (Cardiff University, UK) (May 21-June 21)
  • Prof. Dr. Sandra Jeppesen (Lakeview University Orillia, Canada) (June 11-July 6)
  • Dr. Adam Fish (Lancaster University, UK) (June 15-July 15)
  • Prof. Dr. Beata Ociepka (University of Wroclaw, Poland) (October 15-November 11)
  • Prof. Dr. Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) (November 1-30)
  • Prof. Dr. Göran Bolin (Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden) (November 5-30)
  • Prof. Dr. Tom van Hout (University of Antwerp, Belgium) (November 5-30)
  • Prof. Dr. Laura Forlano (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA) (November 21-December 21)
  • Prof. Dr. Raoni Rajão (The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil) (December 1-31)

Dr. Ricardo Gaulia Borrmann

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Where is “center” and where is “periphery” in cultural history? Those questions have followed Ricardo Borrmann throughout his academic track as cultural historian and political scientist. He is currently associated member of the research group Laboratório Cidade e Poder at the Historical Institute of the Federal University Fluminense (UFF), in Rio de Janeiro, and has recently finished his PhD at the University of Munich (LMU). In his doctoral thesis he studied the transatlantic circulation of ideas between Germany and Latin America through the reception of German speaking academics in Brazilian legal culture of the 19th Century. He also worked as editorial assistant of Passagens – International Review of Political History and Legal Culture. His mains research topics are Brazilian and Latin American History, transatlantic circulation of ideas, intellectual networks and legal culture. He has conducted researches in various archives worldwide, such as in Jena, Vienna, Oxford and Rio de Janeiro. In his current postdoctoral research he deals with Brazilian film critic Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes (1916-1977) and his international network. The research aims at approaching cultural circulation of ideas and Latin American intellectual Networks through the case of Salles Gomes, questioning common sense and fixed categories such as “center” and “periphery” in film history.

Dr. Roser Beneito-Montagut

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Roser Beneito-Montagut is Lecturer in Digital Social Sciences at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (UK). She is a member of the Digital Sociology Research Group (DSrG) and was a member of Cardiff Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS). She is also associated with the Care and Preparedness in the Network Society (Carenet) research group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute in the Open University of Catalonia (Spain).  She is interested in digital ethnographic projects and also excited about the critical exploration of the possibilities that the use of what is being called “big data” has opened up for social researchers to better understand what is going on in society. Her current research focuses on how social media “affects“ everyday life social relationships and everyday life mediated affects (and emotions). She is particularly interested in studying social media experience in later life, the emerging notions of care in digital societies and social isolation. During the past years she has conducted research in interdisciplinary settings, working with computer scientists, engineers and social scientists. She was a research fellow in a EU funded project (Disaster 2.0) enquiring the role of Social Media and its adoption by public sector organizations for risk and crisis communication. More recently, she was PI in a research project studying social media use in later life and she is currently co-investigator on an international research project entitled “Being Connected at Home: Making use of digital devices in later life”. Her research has been funded by a number of organizations and has been published in several peer-refereed journals, such as Qualitative Research and Sociological Perspectives. 

Prof. Dr. Sandra Jeppesen

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Sandra Jeppesen is Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies/Media Studies at Lakehead University Orillia, Canada (2010-present). As co-founder of the Media Action Research Group (MARG,, she researches with autonomous media and anti-authoritarian social movements from an intersectional LGBTQ+, feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist & decolonizing perspective. Funded by a five-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, MARG has conducted global interviews with grassroots media activists on issues of resources, collective memory and anti-oppression practices. As Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal (2007-2010), she was a member of the Collectif de Recherche sur l’Autonomie Collective (CRAC; Research Group on Collective Autonomy), which worked with:in ten anti-authoritarian groups and networks in Quebec to document and analyze their/our social movement and media activism. Currently Dr Jeppesen is a board member of the Research Centre for Sustainable Communities, and holds the Lakehead University Research Chair (LURC) in Transformative Media and Social Movements. Under the auspices of the LURC, she is partnering with the Orillia Native Women’s Group on a storytelling research project, which uses creative arts methods to better understand the importance of Indigenous women telling their stories in creating community and supporting healing and resilience. As part of a community knowledge mobilization strategy, she is working with local activists to develop a series of social justice workshops focusing on the recent transmedia hashtag activism and intersectional translocal protest movements #metoo, #IdleNoMore and #BlackLivesMatter. Under contract with UBC Press, Sandra Jeppesen is writing a book on Transformative Intersectional Media and Social Movements, due for publication in 2019.

Dr. Adam Fish

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Adam Fish is cultural anthropologist, video producer, and senior lecturer in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University. He employs ethnographic and creative methods to investigate how media technology and political power interconnect. Using theories from political economy and new materialism, he examines digital industries and digital activists. His book Technoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) describes his ethnographic research on the politics of internet video in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. His co-authored book After the Internet (Polity, 2017) reimagines the internet from the perspective of grassroots activists and citizens on the margins of political and economic power. He is presently working on a book about hacktivist prosecution called Hacker States and a book and experimental video called System Earth Cable about "elemental media"--atmospheric and undersea information infrastructures in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Iceland, and Indonesia. This project deploys drones to map the undersea fibre optical cable system as seen here at Landeyjasandur, Iceland.

Prof. Dr. Beata Ociepka

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Beata Ociepka currently works at the Instytut Studiów Międzynarodowych/ Institute of International Studies, University of Wroclaw. She does research in Political Communication, Public Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Communication. Her current project is focused on Years and Seasons of Culture as Media Events and framed by New Public Diplomacy.


Prof. Dr. Payal Arora

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Payal Arora is an Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Founder and Executive Director of Catalyst Lab, a center that ignites relations between academia, business and the public on matters of social concern. Her research challenges normative understandings of the impact of new technologies on the world’s marginalized communities. She has published over forty papers in the last decade on poverty and technology, researching digital practice in the favelas in Brazil, slums in India to the ghettos in the Bronx in New York. She has authored books on this subject including the award-winning Leisure Commons: A spatial history of Web 2.0, Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas, Crossroads in New media, Identity and Law, and the upcoming book Poor@Play: Digital life beyond the West with Harvard University Press. She has given more than a 100 talks in 67 cities in 28 countries. Arora sits on several boards including the Columbia University’s Earth Institute Connect to Learn, the Technology, Knowledge & Society Association, and the World Women Global Council in New York. She was a Fellow at GE and NYU. 

Prof. Dr. Göran Bolin

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Göran Bolin is Professor in Media & Communication Studies at Södertörn University. Bolins current research interests are focussed on cultural production and consumption in contemporary culture industries, and how relationships between these are altered by digitization and marketization processes. His most recent work is summarised in Value and the Media: Cultural Production and Consumption in Digital Markets (Ashgate, 2011), in the edited volume Cultural Technologies. The Shaping of Culture in Media and Society (Routledge, 2012), and in his most recent book Media Generations: Experience, Identity and Mediatised Social Change (Routledge 2016). Bolin has since the early 1990s worked in or headed research projects on violence in the media, youth and cultural production, entertainment television and the relation between production practices and textual expressions, media consumption and the production of value in cultural industries, media structure and use in the Baltic Sea region, mobile phone use, media generations, etc.

Prof. Dr. Tom Van Hout

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Tom Van Hout is Associate Professor and Academic Director of the Institute for Professional and Academic Communication at the University of Antwerp. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Linguistics at Leiden University. His work focuses broadly on the circulation and articulation of knowledge in society. His research draws on linguistics, anthropology, management studies and media studies to understand society’s heightened concern with communication under conditions of globalization. That means he studies meaning making processes in a range of contexts from the perspective of participants to grasp how expertise is performed, audiences are anticipated, and social events get represented.

Prof. Dr. Laura Forlano

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Laura Forlano, a Fulbright award-winning and National Science Foundation funded scholar, is a social scientist and design researcher. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Design at the Institute of Design and and Affiliated Faculty in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is Director of the Critical Futures Lab. Her research is focused on the aesthetics and politics of socio-technical systems and infrastructures at the intersection between emerging technologies, material practices and the future of cities; specifically, she writes about emergent forms of work, organizing and urbanism. Forlano’s research and writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Catalyst, She Ji, Design Issues, the Journal of Peer Production, Fibreculture, Digital Culture & Society, ADA, Journal of Urban Technology, First Monday, The Information Society, Journal of Community Informatics, IEEE Pervasive Computing and Science and Public Policy. She is co-editor with Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell and Martin Gibbs of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011). She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.

Prof. Dr. Raoni Rajão

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2018

Raoni Rajão is professor in Social Studies of Science at the Department of Production Engineering at UFMG - Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (Laurea in Informatica) from Universita degli studi di MILANO-BICOCCA (2005), MRes in IT, Management & Organisational Change and PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology, both from Lancaster University (2011). Raoni's research focuses on the relation between science, technology and policy, with a particular emphasis on environmental policy evaluation and the study of the role of ICT (information and communication technologies) in deforestation control policies and payment for environmental services. He has collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). At the moment he is the principal investigator of two research projects funded by CNPq and FAPEMIG.


Fellows in alphabetical order

In 2017, five fellows joined the ZeMKI:

  • Prof. Dr. Sarah Bishop (Baruch College, The City University of New York, USA)
  • Dr. Max Hänska (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)
  • Dr. Tim Highfield (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • Prof. Dr. Patrick McCurdy (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Dr. Matti Pohjonen (Africa's Voices Foundation, Cambridge, UK)

Sarah C. Bishop

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2017

Sarah C. Bishop is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the City University of New York, and is the author of the book U.S. Media and Migration: Refugee Oral Histories (Routledge, 2016).  Bishop’s research considers the interactions of nationalism, citizenship, migration, and media, and her work in these areas has been supported with grants from The Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, the Waterhouse Family Institute at Villanova University, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, the National Communication Association, the Urban Communication Foundation, the Diversity Projects Development Fund, and the Eugene Lang Foundation.  Bishop’s recent research is published in journals such as Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Culture and Critique, Space and Culture, the Journal of Studies in International Education and the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. At CUNY, Bishop teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate classes in Gender/Race/Ethnicity in Communication, Media and Migration, Global Communication, Privilege and Difference, and Digital Media Culture.​

Max Hänska

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2017

Max Hänska is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Prof.) at De Montfort University, and an associate at the LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit. His research explores the role of digital technologies in political communication and citizen journalism. Furthermore, some of his work centres on normative questions that arise at the intersection between communication and collective choice. He is the founding editor of the Euro Crisis in the Press blog: For more information see:

Tim Highfield

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2017

Tim Highfield is Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the QUT Digital Media Research Centre, where his fellowship project is Visual Cultures of Social Media. He is the author of Social Media and Everyday Politics (Polity, 2016), which brings together his PhD and postdoctoral research into politics, popular culture, digital and social media, play and irreverence, activism, and Eurovision. His research examines how the everyday and the digital, the popular and the political, the silly and the serious are interlinked; his interests include the everyday practices of popular social media, and how formats and styles from animated GIFs to humorous hashtags and joke forms are used to engage with topics ranging from the explicitly political to the mundane and personal. More information can be found at, and he is @timhighfield on Twitter.

Patrick McCurdy

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2017

Patrick McCurdy is Associate Professor in the Department Communication at the University of Ottawa.  His research draws from media and communication, journalism as well as social movement studies to study media as a site and source of social struggle and contestation. Most recently, Patrick’s work has studied the evolution of oil/tar sands advertising and campaigning from 1970 to present day with his project Mediatoil ( Patrick’s work has been published in several academic journals and he is the co-author of Protest Camps (Zed 2013) and the co-editor of three books Protest Camps in International Context: Spaces, Infrastructures and Media of Resistance (Policy Press 2017), Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society (Palgrave 2013) and Mediation and Protest Movements (Intellect 2013).

Matti Pohjonen

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow 2017

Matti Pohjonen works at the intersection of comparative digital culture, philosophy and data science. He previously worked as a Senior Researcher for African Voices Foundation, a non-profit research organisation that emerged out of University of Cambridge. He also worked as a Research Fellow for the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, an European academic network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it. He has also worked for the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCLMP), University of Oxford, on two projects mapping online debates, hate speech and political conflict in Ethiopia. He finished his MA and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where he was also an AHRC-funded Post-Doctorate Research Fellow, Teaching Fellow and Research Fellow in Digital Culture.

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