Former Members (i.a.)

Thomas Bernhardt, Dipl.-Medienwiss.

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From 2008 to 2015, Thomas Bernhardt was working as a research associate to the professor of media pedagogy and didactics of multimedia learning environments at the Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Bremen. He doing a PhD on the subject: "Using Internet-based tools to support self-organized learning in a personalized learning environment." Between 2007 and 2008 he was a research associate and scholarship holder at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the Technical University of Ilmenau. Previously he graduated his 2002 started study of "Applied Media Studies". Born 1981, grown up and attended school in Eisenach. Married, one child.

Matthias Bixler, M.A.

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From 2013 to 2016 Matthias Bixler was research assistant at the chair for Communication and Media-Studies with a focus on methodological innovation held by Prof. Thomas Friemel and member of the creative unit "communicative figurations". 2006 – 2011 he studied History and Sociology at the University of Trier. There he worked as a student research assistant for various projects of the cluster of excellence "Gesellschaftliche Abhängigkeiten und Soziale Netzwerke".

Sabrina Böckmann, M.A.

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From 2012 to 2014, Sabrina Boeckmann worked as research associate in the DFG project "A Qualitative Longitudinal Study about the Mediatization of Social Relationships: Testing and Improving the Methods” (DFG priority program 1505 "Mediatized Worlds"). She worked on a doctoral project on the mediatization of communication networks in work contexts. Previously, Sabrina Böckmann finished her industrial training as media designer for digital and print media. After that she studied Communication and Media Studies, General and Comparative Literature and Theater and graduated with a degree "Master of Arts" from the University of Leipzig. In her MA-thesis she investigated what resources mobilize the communicative network "Face to Face" for the media-work context using the example of the CO-WORKING office concept. During her studies, Sabrina Böckmann worked in the press and public relations sector, as a student assistant in university research and as a typesetter. After graduation, she supported the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Economy and Culture in Leipzig in the design and implementation of research projects to expand the research line "Social Change and the world of work".

Dr. Çiğdem Bozdag

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From 2008 to 2013 Çiğdem Bozdag was PhD student and research associate at the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bremen. She received her Bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Istanbul. This was followed by the master's program Media Culture at the University of Bremen. During her PhD, she worked in the research project “Integration and Segregation Potential of Digital Media using the example of the communicative networking of ethnic migrant communities (2008-2011). Her dissertation focuses on the appropriation of diaspora websites of the Moroccan and Turkish diaspora in Germany. She offers courses on globalization, migration and the media, social media and Internet research.

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Brantner

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Cornelia Brantner was (temporary) Professor of Media and Communication Studies from 2016 to 2017 at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Sciences. From winter term 2015/16 to winter term 2016/17 she was (temporary) Professor of Communication at the Institute of Media and Communication at the TU Dresden. Prior to that she was University Assistant at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna and visiting research scholar (2014) at the School of Computer Science at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA.

Cathrin Despotovic, M.A.

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From 2013 to 2016, Cathrin Despotovic worked as a research associate in the coordinating project of the priority program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Mediatized Worlds".
Previously, she studied Applied Cultural Studies with major in Cultural Theory & Intercultural Studies as well as Language & Communication and minor in Media and Public Relation a the Leuphana University Lüneburg. In her master’s thesis she investigated the social construction of the political figure Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg using (visual) discourse analysis.
During her studies, Cathrin Despotovic completed several journalistic internships in print media and television. Until now, she worked as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper and social media editor for a children’s and youth book publisher.

Anke Drewitz, M.A.

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Anke Drewitz studied Religious Studies and German Studies at the University of Bremen from October 2004 until February 2012. During her studies she focused mainly on processes of religious collectivization and mediatisation of religion. Her master thesis has the title (translated): “Religious Collectivization Online through the Example of the Cubemag and the Misawaforum”. From 2012 to 2014, Anke Drewitz worked as a research associate at the Institute for Religious Studies and Education of the University of Bremen.

Monika Elsler, M.A.

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From 2011 to 2015, Monika Elsler worked as research associate in the DFG Project “The Transnationalization of Public Spheres in Europe: Citizens' (re)actions”. A project realized within the Collaborative Research Center 597 “Transformations of the State” at the University of Bremen. Until 2006 she studied “Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication” at the University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg. 2011, she completed her master’s degree in Media Culture at the University of Bremen. In her master’s thesis she dealt with the appropriation of religious formats. While studying, Monika Elsler worked as a student assistant and as a freelance editor.

Dr. Łukasz Fajfer

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From 2014 to 2017 Łukasz Fajfer was member of the ZeMKI. He studied European social communication from 2002 to 2007 (Bachelor and Master) at the European College in Gniezno (Poland). This is an interdisciplinary subject combining linguistics, literature- and cultural studies. During his studies he concentrated on cultural and religious topics in the context of Eastern- and South-eastern Europe. Lukasz Fajfer completed 2012 his PhD in religious studies at the University of Erfurt. In his thesis he analysed the modernization processes in the monks’ community at the Holy Mountain Athos in Greece. Since December 2014 he works as a lecturer at the Institute for Religious Studies and Religion Education of the University of Bremen. Apart of the teaching he works on a project concerning the media usage of the Orthodox Churches in Germany and Poland.

Dr. Mattias Frey

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From 2014-2015, Dr. Mattias Frey was Visiting Professor for Art Pedagogy and New Media at the Universität Bremen. He received his PhD at Harvard University. In 2008 he joined the University of Kent, where he holds the title of Senior Lecturer.

Prof. Dr. Thomas N. Friemel

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From 2013 to 2016, Thomas N. Friemel was Professor for Communication and Media Studies with a focus on methodological innovation at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Sciences. Before he worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant (2004-2008) and Senior Teaching and Research Associate (2008-2013) at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IPMZ). 2011-2012 he served as deputy professor at the Institute of Media und Educational-Technology (imb), University of Augsburg. Further affiliations include ETH Zurich (Department of Environmental Sciences), University of Bale (Centre for Culture Management), and the Swiss Journalism School Lucerne (maz). He was visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication Research at the University of Pennsylvania and lecturer at Renmin University Peking. Thomas N. Friemel holds a MA (2004) and a PhD (2008) from the University of Zurich. His doctoral thesis was on „Media use in social context“. Further monographs include an introduction to Media Effects (2011) and Health Campaigns (2010). 

Sina Gogolok, M.A.

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Sina Marie Gogolok was a member of the ZeMKI from 2013 to 2017. From 2007 until 2010 she studied Studies of Religions (Bachelor) at the University of Bremen. Afterwards she graduated from the University of Hannover with a Master´s degree 2012. She focused on recent religion, religion and healing and islam. Since 2013 Sina Marie Gogolok is a postgraduate at the Institute for the Study of Religions and Religion Education of the University of Bremen. Her dissertation project is about media and religion in the field of catholicism and is supervised by professor Kerstin Radde-Antweiler.



Rahat Imran, PhD

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From 2013 to 2015, Rahat Imran conducted a comparative study at the University of Bremen. Her project was funded by TRAC-COFUND Transnational Academic Careers as a post-doctoral fellowship in Film Studies. From 2006-2013, she worked as a teaching assistant at the Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, Canada.

Verena Kratzer, Dipl. Jour.

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From 2013 to 2015 Verena Kratzer was a research assistant at the working group "Media education and teaching methodology in multimedia learning environments", Department of Educational Sciences, University of Bremen. From 2011 to 2013 she was a research associate at working group "Media education", Faculty of Human Science, University of Cologne. Previously Verena Kratzer studied journalism and communication science at the LMU Munich and the University of Hohenheim.

Dipl.-Medienwissenschaftlerin Veronika Krönert

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Veronika Krönert worked as a doctoral student and research associate at the Department of Communication Studies from 2005 to 2011. As project officer, she worked inter alia in the DFG-research project "Situational communitarisation by religious hybrid events Twentieth World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne. The mediatization perspective." (2005-2007), and the BMBF project "Religionswelten.de - The Glaubensmedienbox" (2007). During her studies of Applied Media Science at the Technical University of Ilmenau (1998-2005) she was student assistant at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies as well as a freelancer and intern in journalism and PR, as well as in the media culture work in Germany and South America.

M.A. Merle-Marie Kruse

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From November 2010 to June 2011 and from 2014 to 2016 Merle Marie Kruse worked in the coordination project of the DFG priority program “Mediatized Worlds”. She studied Applied Cultural Studies (MA) at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg with a focus on language and communication, music and cultural education and organization. In October 2010, she graduated with a Master's thesis on “Pop Power Nation. Analyses of the discursive construction of national identity in texts of German pop music from 2003 to 2009”. During her studies, Merle Marie Kruse worked for several years as a student assistant to Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas at the Department of Communication Studies and Media Culture of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and completed an Erasmus semester at Växjö University (Sweden) in Intercultural Studies in 2006.

Dr. Sebastian Kubitschko

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From 2013 to 2017 Sebastian Kubitschko was a research associate in the research project “Transformations of mediatized cultures and societies” which is part of the research network “Communicative Figurations”. His PhD research at Goldsmiths’ Media and Communications Department was supervised by Professor Nick Couldry and Professor Natalie Fenton and was made possible (from October 2010 to September 2013) by a departmental scholarship. Sebastian Kubitschko holds a BA in Philosophy and German Philology from the Free University of Berlin and an MA in Global Journalism from the University of Melbourne. For the autumn term 2012-13 he has been a visiting PhD student at the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences (supervised by Donatella Della Porta).

Since March 2017 he is YECREA representative of the Communication and Democracy section.

Dipl.-Inf. Angelina Lange

Angela Lange is computational scientist at the Institut for Information Management Bremen. From 2011 to 2015, she was member of the ZeMKI. Her main working focus is on consulting and support in the area of public administration with a focus on school information systems.

Dr. Swantje Lingenberg

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From 2008 to 2014, Swantje Lingenberg was research associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) in the DFG Project "The Transnationalization of Public Spheres in Europe: Citizens' (re)actions", a project realized within the Collaborative Research Center 597 'Transformations of the State' at the University of Bremen. She received her PhD at the University of Erfurt with a grant from Thuringian  Postgraduate Research Grants Program on "European audiences publics. A pragmatic approach." in 2009. She studied Communication Studies, Economic Policy and Romance Philology at the Universities of Münster, Sevilla and Bologna and she graduated in 2004 with a Master’s thesis on "The Public Relations of the European Parliament and their contribution to the process of constituting a European public. A Case Study of the Information Office of Germany and from Italy." In her postdoctoral projects she deals with mobilized-mediated everyday worlds, transcultural communication and the transformation of public spaces.

Dr. Katharina Lobinger

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From 2011 to 2016, research associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) at the Institute for Historical Journalism, Communication and Media Studies (IPKM) at Bremen University. In 2011 she was awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Award “Media – Culture – Communication” Since October 2011, vice speaker of the DGPuK divisuon Visual Communication. Since July 2014, associated Junior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (HWK), Delmenhorst.
Previously, she was a researcher at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the University of Vienna (2007-2011), as well as a lecturer at the Universities of Applied Sciences Wr. Neustadt and St. Pölten. She studied Journalism and Communication Studies, English and Sociology in Vienna and received her PhD in 2010 in the Department of Communication Studies with the thesis "Visual Communication Research: Methods, issues, research strategies. A meta-analysis of visual communication studies and journals from 1990 to 2009. " During her studies Katharina Lobinger studied one semester at the Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy) and worked as a freelance communications consultant.

Prof. Dr. Christine Lohmeier

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From 2015 to 2018 Christine Lohmeier was Professor for Media and Communication with a focus on comparative cultural analysis at the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen. From October 2014 to November 2015 she was employed as a guest professor for the same position. Christine is co-founder of the Qualitative Methods network. Christine Lohmeier has conducted research as a visiting scientist at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Miami. From 2011 to 2015 she worked as a post-doc/assistant professor at the Institute for Communication and Media Research at LMU Munich and was Managing Editor of ‘Communication Theory’. Christine has taught media and communication at the Universities of Stirling (2005-2009) and Rotterdam (2009-2010). She served as Book Review Editor of 'Media, Culture & Society' (2009-2011). Christine studied languages, business and cultural studies at the University of Passau, Germany. She was awarded an M.Sc. in Media Research at the University of Stirling and received a doctor’s degree at the University of Glasgow for an ethnographic study of Spanish and English-speaking media and the Cuban-American community in Miami, Florida.

Julia Lorenzen

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Julia Lorenzen (birthname Große-Börger) was a consulting member of the ZeMKI until 2017. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis on the self-staging of enterprises. She worked as a PhD student in the department of archives of Daimler AG. Since 2014 she has been working as a freelance historian mainly in the area of business history.

Julia Lorenzen studied history, sociology and educational science at the University of Bremen, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Université Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She has worked at the German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) and has completed internships at home and abroad.

Prof. Dr. Inge Marszolek

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Until 30.9.2012 Inge Marszolek taught at the University of Bremen in the subjects of History and Cultural Studies. As a guest she worked at the International Institute for Holocaust Research (1999/2000) and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2001). Until her death in August 2016 Inge Marszolek has been an active member of the research group "Communicative figurations in Transition" (Hamburg / Bremen) at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen.

Dr. Johanna Möller

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Since September 2007, research associate in the research project "The Transnationalization of Public Spheres in Europe: Citizens' (re)actions" in the Collaborative Research Center 597 "Transformations of the State" at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp.Besides her work in the research project she recently handed in a PhD thesis under the headline "Transcultural public actors. Agency potentials across borders in German-Polish political communication". The work is supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp and Prof. Frank Nullmeier. From 2001 to 2006 Johanna Möller studied Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institute in Berlin. During her studies she spent one semester in Lublin and Krakow. She has gained professional experience as a freelancer at the Genshagen Foundation as well as a scholarship student in the international office of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland.

Dr. Stefano Odorico

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Until 2017 Stefano Odorico was a research fellow at the University of Bremen where his work focuses primarily on interactive documentaries. Stefano received a PhD in Film Studies at University College Cork (Ireland) in 2011. The title of his thesis, centered on documentary and pragmatics, is: "The Nonfictional Address. A Pragmatic Reading of Documentary Films between Construction and Participation". For his doctoral studies he was awarded the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the University College Cork President's scholarship. Before moving to the University of Bremen, where he lecturers in film and media, Stefano also lectured at University College Cork (Ireland), Queen's University Belfast (UK) and University of Navarra (Spain).Stefano is also a filmmaker and member of editorial team of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

Andrea Pabst, M.A.

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From 2013 to 2014, Andrea Pabst worked as a research associate in the subject group Media and Communication Studies with the special area of comparative Cultural Analysis. She researched transcultural protest practices of the women’s rights movement FEMEN and the respective media discourse.
2008 to 2010 she was a research associate in the subject group General Sociology and Social Theory (Prof. Dr. Martin Endreß) at the University of Wuppertal. In her dissertation she analyzes the meanings of corporeality in street protests, focussing in particular on the question how activists deal with their vulnerability and their power to violate. She studied sociology and political sciences at the University of Tübingen and the Charles-University Prague.

Dr. Yvonne Robel

 

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From 2013 to 2015 Yvonne Robel was a research associate at the subproject „Communicative Figurations of Media Discourses in Historical Change“ of the Creative Unit „Communicative Figurations“ at ZeMKI.
She was lecturer at the Department of History at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and research associate at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen. She received her PhD in 2012 from the University of Bremen with a thesis on German politics of remembrance and discourses of genocide.
Yvonne Robel studied Cultural Studies, Ethnology und Eastern-/South Eastern Europe Studies at the Universities of Leipzig and Halle (Saale). Since 2007 she has taught Cultural Studies and History.

Dr. Arne Hendrik Ruhe

 

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From 2010 to 2017 Arne Hendrik Ruhe was a research associate at the Institute for Information Management Bremen GmbH (ifib). Before that, he received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in sociology with an emphasis on empirical social research and statistics from the University of Kassel. In September 2010, he submitted his thesis on the influence of Kentexteffects on media use in schools combined with a methodological study of multi-level analysis.

Dr. Iren Schulz

 

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From 2011 to 2013, Iren Schulz worked as a research associate in the coordination project of the priority program of the German Research Foundation "Mediatized Worlds" at the Institute for Historical Journalism, Communication and Media Studies (IPKM) at the University of Bremen. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Erfurt and the Department of Media Education and Training at the University of Leipzig. She studied Communication and Media Studies and Education in Leipzig and received her doctorate with the thesis "Mediatized socialization in adolescence. Communicative practices and networks of relationships in flux" in 2011 in the Department of Communication Studies / Focus Social Communication led by Prof. Dr. Friedrich Krotz. During her doctoral studies, she received a two-year scholarship from the Thuringian State Media Authority. In addition to her scientific work, Iren Schulz is involved in adult education, media educational training and workshops in the field of digital media.

Piet Simon

 

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From 2015 to 2018 Piet Simon was a research associate in the research project „Communicative Figurations of mediatized localities of urban transcultural communitization“ as part of the Creative Unit “Communicative Figurations”.

Previously, he worked as a research associate at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Within the frame of the EU-funded projekt „Innovation Incubator“ Piet Simon worked at the Centre for Digital Cultures which explores the interface between science, art, activism, civil society and industry. This includes the development of new digital formats and applications.
Piet Simon studied sociology, media culture and psychology at the University of Hamburg. In addition to his studies, he gained work experience in the field of urban culture, in the media sector as well as in the Department of Research Management and Funding in the workspace of EU research funding at the University of Hamburg. Following this he completed an extended vocational training as a certified EU-fundraiser.

Monika Sowinska, M.A.

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From 2014 to 2017, Monika Sowinska was research associate in the subject group of Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp. She studied Professional Journalism (BA) at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen from 2004 to 2008 and completed a semester abroad in Istanbul. In addition, she gained professional experience in various journalism internships. As part of her undergraduate work she produced a radio feature on "Privacy in Web 2.0." From 2008 to 2011, she studied at the University of Bremen on the Master’s program Media Culture. She graduated with a qualitative study of the film appropriation in adolescent cliques. During her Master's program, she worked two years as a student assistant in the project SFB 597 "Transformations of the State" and as a tutor for the course "Introduction to Communication and Media Studies" (Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp). From November 2012 until October 2014 she worked for the DFG-SPP 1505 „Mediatisierte Welten“ (mediatized worlds) project „Die qualitative Langzeituntersuchung der Mediatisierung sozialer Beziehungen: Erprobung und Optimierung des Verfahrens“.

Dr. Laura Suna

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From June 2008 until September 2012, Laura Sūna worked as a research associate in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. In the period from 2008 to 2010, she worked in the research project "Integration and segregation potential of digital media with reference to the communicative networking migration of ethnic communities." In the period from March to June 2008, she also worked in the EU project "The potential of digital media/information and communication technologies (ICT) for the promotion of cultural diversity in the EU". Between October 2007 and April 2012, she graduated (between October 2007 and February 2008 as a research fellow of the DAAD) in the Department of Communication Studies on media identities of Latvian-and Russian-speaking young people in Latvia. After her studies in Sociology at the University of Latvia in Riga, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia, where she worked on youth and cultural sociological research projects from February 2004 to September 2007. In the winter semester 2005/2006 Laura undertook a research stay at the Department of Communication, University of Bremen. In the period from March 2002 to February 2004 she was at the market and public opinion research firm Baltic Data House / TNS in Riga as an assistant.

Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas

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From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Tanja Thomas was Professor of Communication and Media Studies with an emphasis on comparative Cultural Analysis at the ZeMKI, Centre for Communication, Media and Information Research, at the University of Bremen.
Prior to her appointment at Bremen, she was a Professor of Communication Studies and Media Culture at the Universiy of Lueneburg, where she also served as the head of the institute.After she finished her dissertation entitled „Deutsch-Stunden. Zur Konstruktion nationaler Identität im Fernsehtalk“, Tanja Thomas became a research assistant with the Institute for Media and Communication Studies (IfMK) at the TU Ilmenau. From 2004 to 2010, Tanja Thomas was an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Media Culture at the University of Lueneburg, where she received both research as well as teaching awards. From 2008 to 2009, she was a Visiting Professor of Sociology with an emphasis on Media Sociology at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen. Tanja Thomas was also a fellow and visiting scholar at several international universities, at the University of Salzburg, Austria, the Beijing Language and Culture University, China, and New York University, U.S.. Recently, she also served as a faculty member with the International Summer Institute, held by the Association of Cultural Studies (ACS). Tanja Thomas also serves on the advisory board of professors for the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.

Lies van Roessel

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From 2017 to 2018, Lies van Roessel worked as research associate at the ZeMKI at the University of Bremen in the BMBF-Project "Tinder the City". From 2016 to early 2018 she worked at the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, where she coordinated the cooperation with the department of informatics at Hamburg University. Furthermore, she is an associated researcher at the Alexander von Humbolft Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin, where she also worked from 2014-2016 in the project "Imitation and Innovation in the Games Sector". From 2009 to 2014 she taught and did research on serious games at the University of the Arts, Utrecht (HKU).

Lies van Roessel currently writes her PhD dissertation on development processes of free-to-play games at Leuphana University (Lüneburg) with professor Mathias Fuchs. She has degrees at Communication and Information Studies (BA), New Media & Digital Culture (MA), and Media Studies (RMA) at Utrecht University (NL). 

Rebecca Venema

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From 2013 untill 2017 Rebecca Venema was a research associate in the research project „Communicative Figuration of  Business Ethics in Times of “Crisis”“ as part of the research network “Communicative Figurations”.
Holding a BA in Sociology, Political Science and Media Studies from the University of Siegen and studying a semester abroad at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland, Rebecca Venema continued her studies at the University of Leipzig in 2010. In the Master’s program in Communication and Media Studies she focused on empirical research on communication and media (as major field of study) and  graduated with a master´s thesis on „Gentrification as a topic and point of reference of public communication“ in 2013.
During her studies she worked as a tutor for empirical research and as a student assistant, contributing to (among other projects) an interational research project entitled „Local & regional Radio and TV Landscapes in Germany, USA and UK“.

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Wimmer

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In the period from 2008 to 2009, Jeffrey Wimmer was a postdoc at the IMKI. Since 2009 he has been an assistant professor of communication studies with a focus on Virtual Worlds / Digital Games at the TU Ilmenau.  From 1994-2000 He studied Social Sciences at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, with DAAD research stays in Bangalore and Buenos Aires. 2000-2009, he was a research associate and assistant at the University of Munich, University of Berlin and University of Bremen. Since 2005, Wimmer is a member of the DFG-funded network "Integrative Theory Concepts in Communication Studies.". In 2006, he received his PhD on the subject of counter-publics in the media society. He is spokesman for the ECREA-Section “Communication and Democracy” and the DGPuK group “Sociology of media communications”. His research and teaching interests are in the field of Sociology of Media Communication, Digital Games, the Public and Counter-Public and international and global communication.

Book publications include: (Counter-) public in the media society. Analysis of a medial stress field (Wiesbaden 2007), The computer players: studies on the use of computer games (edited with T. Quandt and J. Wolling, Wiesbaden 2009), Media Culture in Transition (edited with A. Hepp and M. Höhn, 2010).

Urszula Wudarski

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Urszula Wudarski was a research associate for the ZeMKI from 2013 to 2016 inside the Creative Unit „Communicative Figurations“.

She got her final degree in 2012 after studying Educational, History and Sport Science. Her main interest has become the Media Education, wherein she focused on learning strategies in Digital Communities. Her final work was titled „Formen des immersiven Lernens in verschiedenen Computerspielgattungen“ (translation: Forms of Immersive Learning in different Video Game Genres) and analyzed the dynamic learning settings of individuals and groups with different professional aims.

She gained practical experience in both the field of Education working in different schools and also in the field of software engineering and testing as she worked for six years at MeVis Breast Solutions.

Dr. Łukasz Fajfer

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From 2014 to 2017 Łukasz Fajfer was member of the ZeMKI. He studied European social communication from 2002 to 2007 (Bachelor and Master) at the European College in Gniezno (Poland). This is an interdisciplinary subject combining linguistics, literature- and cultural studies. During his studies he concentrated on cultural and religious topics in the context of Eastern- and South-eastern Europe. Lukasz Fajfer completed 2012 his PhD in religious studies at the University of Erfurt. In his thesis he analysed the modernization processes in the monks’ community at the Holy Mountain Athos in Greece. Since December 2014 he works as a lecturer at the Institute for Religious Studies and Religion Education of the University of Bremen. Apart of the teaching he works on a project concerning the media usage of the Orthodox Churches in Germany and Poland.

Prof. phil. Xenia Zeiler

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Xenia Zeiler was lecturer for Religion of South Asia at the Institute of Religious Studies and Education. In 2009 she received her doctorate with a thesis on recent transformations and main streams of Hindu tantric goddesses at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg. From 2000-2008 she worked at the Humboldt University in Berlin as a research assistant and lecturer. She studied South Asian history and Society with a focus on Religion, Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies and German at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the J. Nehru University in New Delhi. She made especially extensive, multi-year field trips mainly to India but also to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

Prof. Dr. Thomas N. Friemel

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From 2013 to 2016, Thomas N. Friemel was Professor for Communication and Media Studies with a focus on methodological innovation at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Sciences. Before he worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant (2004-2008) and Senior Teaching and Research Associate (2008-2013) at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IPMZ). 2011-2012 he served as deputy professor at the Institute of Media und Educational-Technology (imb), University of Augsburg. Further affiliations include ETH Zurich (Department of Environmental Sciences), University of Bale (Centre for Culture Management), and the Swiss Journalism School Lucerne (maz). He was visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication Research at the University of Pennsylvania and lecturer at Renmin University Peking. Thomas N. Friemel holds a MA (2004) and a PhD (2008) from the University of Zurich. His doctoral thesis was on „Media use in social context“. Further monographs include an introduction to Media Effects (2011) and Health Campaigns (2010). 

Sina Gogolok, M.A.

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Sina Marie Gogolok was a member of the ZeMKI from 2013 to 2017. From 2007 until 2010 she studied Studies of Religions (Bachelor) at the University of Bremen. Afterwards she graduated from the University of Hannover with a Master´s degree 2012. She focused on recent religion, religion and healing and islam. Since 2013 Sina Marie Gogolok is a postgraduate at the Institute for the Study of Religions and Religion Education of the University of Bremen. Her dissertation project is about media and religion in the field of catholicism and is supervised by professor Kerstin Radde-Antweiler.



Rebecca Venema

Vita

From 2013 untill 2017 Rebecca Venema was a research associate in the research project „Communicative Figuration of  Business Ethics in Times of “Crisis”“ as part of the research network “Communicative Figurations”.
Holding a BA in Sociology, Political Science and Media Studies from the University of Siegen and studying a semester abroad at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland, Rebecca Venema continued her studies at the University of Leipzig in 2010. In the Master’s program in Communication and Media Studies she focused on empirical research on communication and media (as major field of study) and  graduated with a master´s thesis on „Gentrification as a topic and point of reference of public communication“ in 2013.
During her studies she worked as a tutor for empirical research and as a student assistant, contributing to (among other projects) an interational research project entitled „Local & regional Radio and TV Landscapes in Germany, USA and UK“.

Matthias Bixler, M.A.

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From 2013 to 2016 Matthias Bixler was research assistant at the chair for Communication and Media-Studies with a focus on methodological innovation held by Prof. Thomas Friemel and member of the creative unit "communicative figurations". 2006 – 2011 he studied History and Sociology at the University of Trier. There he worked as a student research assistant for various projects of the cluster of excellence "Gesellschaftliche Abhängigkeiten und Soziale Netzwerke".

Cathrin Despotovic, M.A.

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From 2013 to 2016, Cathrin Despotovic worked as a research associate in the coordinating project of the priority program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Mediatized Worlds".
Previously, she studied Applied Cultural Studies with major in Cultural Theory & Intercultural Studies as well as Language & Communication and minor in Media and Public Relation a the Leuphana University Lüneburg. In her master’s thesis she investigated the social construction of the political figure Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg using (visual) discourse analysis.
During her studies, Cathrin Despotovic completed several journalistic internships in print media and television. Until now, she worked as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper and social media editor for a children’s and youth book publisher.

Julia Lorenzen

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Julia Lorenzen (birthname Große-Börger) was a consulting member of the ZeMKI until 2017. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis on the self-staging of enterprises. She worked as a PhD student in the department of archives of Daimler AG. Since 2014 she has been working as a freelance historian mainly in the area of business history.

Julia Lorenzen studied history, sociology and educational science at the University of Bremen, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Université Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She has worked at the German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) and has completed internships at home and abroad.

Monika Sowinska, M.A.

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From 2014 to 2017, Monika Sowinska was research associate in the subject group of Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp. She studied Professional Journalism (BA) at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen from 2004 to 2008 and completed a semester abroad in Istanbul. In addition, she gained professional experience in various journalism internships. As part of her undergraduate work she produced a radio feature on "Privacy in Web 2.0." From 2008 to 2011, she studied at the University of Bremen on the Master’s program Media Culture. She graduated with a qualitative study of the film appropriation in adolescent cliques. During her Master's program, she worked two years as a student assistant in the project SFB 597 "Transformations of the State" and as a tutor for the course "Introduction to Communication and Media Studies" (Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp). From November 2012 until October 2014 she worked for the DFG-SPP 1505 „Mediatisierte Welten“ (mediatized worlds) project „Die qualitative Langzeituntersuchung der Mediatisierung sozialer Beziehungen: Erprobung und Optimierung des Verfahrens“.

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Brantner

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Cornelia Brantner was (temporary) Professor of Media and Communication Studies from 2016 to 2017 at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Sciences. From winter term 2015/16 to winter term 2016/17 she was (temporary) Professor of Communication at the Institute of Media and Communication at the TU Dresden. Prior to that she was University Assistant at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna and visiting research scholar (2014) at the School of Computer Science at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA.

Dr. Sebastian Kubitschko

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From 2013 to 2017 Sebastian Kubitschko was a research associate in the research project “Transformations of mediatized cultures and societies” which is part of the research network “Communicative Figurations”. His PhD research at Goldsmiths’ Media and Communications Department was supervised by Professor Nick Couldry and Professor Natalie Fenton and was made possible (from October 2010 to September 2013) by a departmental scholarship. Sebastian Kubitschko holds a BA in Philosophy and German Philology from the Free University of Berlin and an MA in Global Journalism from the University of Melbourne. For the autumn term 2012-13 he has been a visiting PhD student at the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences (supervised by Donatella Della Porta).

Since March 2017 he is YECREA representative of the Communication and Democracy section.

Lies van Roessel

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From 2017 to 2018, Lies van Roessel worked as research associate at the ZeMKI at the University of Bremen in the BMBF-Project "Tinder the City". From 2016 to early 2018 she worked at the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, where she coordinated the cooperation with the department of informatics at Hamburg University. Furthermore, she is an associated researcher at the Alexander von Humbolft Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin, where she also worked from 2014-2016 in the project "Imitation and Innovation in the Games Sector". From 2009 to 2014 she taught and did research on serious games at the University of the Arts, Utrecht (HKU).

Lies van Roessel currently writes her PhD dissertation on development processes of free-to-play games at Leuphana University (Lüneburg) with professor Mathias Fuchs. She has degrees at Communication and Information Studies (BA), New Media & Digital Culture (MA), and Media Studies (RMA) at Utrecht University (NL). 

Piet Simon

 

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From 2015 to 2018 Piet Simon was a research associate in the research project „Communicative Figurations of mediatized localities of urban transcultural communitization“ as part of the Creative Unit “Communicative Figurations”.

Previously, he worked as a research associate at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Within the frame of the EU-funded projekt „Innovation Incubator“ Piet Simon worked at the Centre for Digital Cultures which explores the interface between science, art, activism, civil society and industry. This includes the development of new digital formats and applications.
Piet Simon studied sociology, media culture and psychology at the University of Hamburg. In addition to his studies, he gained work experience in the field of urban culture, in the media sector as well as in the Department of Research Management and Funding in the workspace of EU research funding at the University of Hamburg. Following this he completed an extended vocational training as a certified EU-fundraiser.

Dr. Arne Hendrik Ruhe

 

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From 2010 to 2017 Arne Hendrik Ruhe was a research associate at the Institute for Information Management Bremen GmbH (ifib). Before that, he received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in sociology with an emphasis on empirical social research and statistics from the University of Kassel. In September 2010, he submitted his thesis on the influence of Kentexteffects on media use in schools combined with a methodological study of multi-level analysis.

Prof. Dr. Christine Lohmeier

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From 2015 to 2018 Christine Lohmeier was Professor for Media and Communication with a focus on comparative cultural analysis at the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen. From October 2014 to November 2015 she was employed as a guest professor for the same position. Christine is co-founder of the Qualitative Methods network. Christine Lohmeier has conducted research as a visiting scientist at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Miami. From 2011 to 2015 she worked as a post-doc/assistant professor at the Institute for Communication and Media Research at LMU Munich and was Managing Editor of ‘Communication Theory’. Christine has taught media and communication at the Universities of Stirling (2005-2009) and Rotterdam (2009-2010). She served as Book Review Editor of 'Media, Culture & Society' (2009-2011). Christine studied languages, business and cultural studies at the University of Passau, Germany. She was awarded an M.Sc. in Media Research at the University of Stirling and received a doctor’s degree at the University of Glasgow for an ethnographic study of Spanish and English-speaking media and the Cuban-American community in Miami, Florida.