Visiting Scholars

PD Dr. Johannes Raabe

PD Dr. Johannes Raabe visits the ZeMKI in October 2014. As a communication and media scholar, his research is focused on communication and public relations theories, media systems and structures, journalism research, and communication and media ethics. He worked as a research associate and later research assistant at research institutes at the universities Munich and Bamberg and was lecturer by proxy at the University of Leipzig. In 2011 and 2012, he worked as a researcher at the  fög in Zurich and taught at the University of Fribourg and the IPMZ of the University of Zurich. Since 2014, he is Associate Professor for Communication and Media at the University of Leipzig.

Prof. Dr. Mattias Frey

Prof. Dr. Mattias Frey is 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.

His numerous articles appear in a host of edited anthologies and journals such as Cinema Journal, Screen, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Jump Cut and Framework. Frey’s books include Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History and Cinephilia (Berghahn, 2013); Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice and Spectatorship (Routledge, 2014); The Permanent Crisis of Film Criticism: The Anxiety of Authority (Amsterdam University Press, 2014); and Film Criticism in the Digital Age (Rutgers University Press, 2015). His book on Extreme Cinema, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is due for publication in 2016.

Together with Prof. Dr. Winfried Pauleit and Dr. Rasmus Greiner, Frey is currently working on a project regarding “Audio History”. In general, his ongoing research concentrates on historiography, matters of media consumption and taste, film theory, movie criticism, European cinema and the sociology of art.

Prof. Dr. Tristan Mattelart

E-Mail: tristan.mattelart[at]

Tristan Mattelart is Professor of International Communication at the Department of Culture and Communication of the University of Paris 8. He was visiting professor at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Resarch of the University of Bremen for the summer semester 2014. His works include «La mondialisation des médias contre la censure. Tiers monde et audiovisuel sans frontières» (2002), «Médias, migrations et cultures transnationales» (2007), and «Piratages audiovisuels. Les voies souterraines de la mondialisation culturelle» (2011), as well as different articles and chapters published in English.

Dr. Lorena Frankenberg

E-Mail: frankenberg[at]

Dr. Lorena Frankenberg has a Degree in communication and a Master degree in Humanistic Studies from University of Monterrey and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Communication from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico where she was a research fellow at the Mass Media Research Chair until 2009. Since 2011 she is fellow of  the National System of Researchers of the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (SNI-Conacyt). She designed the first Master Degree program in Digital Journalism in Mexico and is Director of the Institute for Digital Communication and the Interdisciplinary Research Center at Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey.  Her research interests are: the interrelation between media and the citizenship construction, and audience studies. Her research project was selected by DAAD to receive financial support and since October 2011 she is a visiting scholar at the ZeMKI, University of Bremen.

Research at University of Bremen

The advent of Internet raised hopes to include a wider variety of social actors and arguments as part of the discourses needed to promote a better public sphere. This research aims to reflect upon the role of Digital News Media in fostering participatory citizenship in countries facing emergent economies and developing democracies, to promote healthy democratic systems. Based on the conceptual framework of the new media studies and political communication research literature intertwined with citizenship and public sphere academic debates, the study focuses on the relationship between the myths, realities and actual opportunities of digital news media and their role in strengthening participatory citizenship in Mexico. Furthermore, the research aims to compare these findings to the important ongoing German research on these topics. Through case studies, I will study both the content and the public participation of selected Mexican digital news media platforms. The central aim is to explore the openness of the digital era in interaction with the democratic practices of the public sphere. Also, the study seeks to analyze the degree of diversity and participation allowed or promoted by the digital editions of the news media and discusses if they may help to balance the quality, sources of information and participation in digital ecosystems.

Prof. Dr. Shaun Moores

E-Mail: shaun.moores[at]

Shaun Moores, Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland, visited the former Institute for Media, Communication and Information (IMKI) in June 2009 to conduct some empirical research. Before his visit, Moores had given a lecture in the research seminar of the Institute on media use and everyday environmental experiences in December 2005.
During his stay in Bremen, Moores, who is particular reknowned for his research about media use, focused on empirical analysis. Thereby he made ​​important suggestions within the framework of the DFG-funded research project "Communicative connectivity of ethnic minorities: The integrative and segregative potential of digital media for diasporas." In addition, Moores got also impulses for his own empirical project "The Environmental Experiences of Trans-European Migrants" which he pursued together with Monika Metykova.
Out of the research visit at IMKI the publications of two books emerged, on the one hand the jointly edited anthology "Konnektivität, Netzwerk und Fluss: Konzepte gegenwärtiger Medien-, Kommunikations- und Kulturtheorie" (VS Verlag) on the basis of a workshop by British and German researchers, on the other hand the corresponding English edition, published by Hampton Press ("Connectivity, Networks and Flows: Conceptualizing Contemporary Communications"). Also, the visit was followed up by a cooperation for student exchange at the Master level courses as well as for researcher mobility, funded by the European Union.
In March 2012, Moores monograph titled "Media, Place and Mobility" is published in the series "Key Concerns in Media Studies" (Palgrave Macmillan).