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BeyondPlay 2024: The Transformative Power of Digital Gaming in a Deeply Mediatized Society

The International conference ‘Beyond Play: The Transformative Power of Digital Gaming in a Deeply Mediatized Society’ will take place from September 30th to October 2nd 2024 at the University of Bremen, Germany. The conference is hosted by the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (Zentrum für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung; ZeMKI)


Shifting AI controversies

On behalf of the international research project Shaping 21st Century AI, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the ZeMKI, University of Bremen, in cooperation with the research group “Politics of Digitalization” at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), invite to an international conference on the topic of AI controversies. The conference was held in English.



The theme of the 68th Annual Conference of the DGPuK from May 18 to 20, 2023 in Bremen is Automation of Communication and Automated Media: Challenges for Communication and Media Studies. The automation of communication and automated media stand for a fundamental transformation of the conditions and consequences of social communication: More or less “artificially (…)


Agency in a Datafied Society: Coimmunication between and across humans, platforms and machines

Discover the forefront of communication research at our International Conference hosted by the Centre for Media, Communication & Information Research (ZeMKI), University of Bremen. In collaboration with the Communicative Figurations research network, the Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section of the IAMCR, and the Media Sociology Division of the DGPuK, we are excited to (…)

Communication History of International Organizations and NGOs

Questions, research perspectives, topics Welcome to our website! We are pleased to welcome you to our website for the joint annual conference of the ZeMKI, the Communication History Section of the DGPuK, the Institute for Newspaper Research Dortmund and the Association for the Promotion of Newspaper Research Dortmund. The conference on “Communication History of International (…)


DATA POWER: Global In/Securities

About the conference “DATA POWER: global in/securities” follows two successful international conferences in the UK (University of Sheffield) and Canada (University of Carleton). The conference focuses on critical questions about data’s power, reflecting on the social and cultural consequences of data becoming increasingly pervasive in our lives. With its critical approach towards datafication in relation (…)


"Justice and Order in the Datafied Society: Connecting Communications and Legal Theory" (ICA 2019 Pre-Conference)

May 24, 2019, Washington D.C., USA Location: American University, The Washington College of Law Organisers: Nick Couldry (London School of Economics), Lina Dencik (Cardiff University), Andreas Hepp (University of Bremen), Karin van Es (Data School Utrecht) with support of Pat Aufderheide (American University) Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division and Philosophy Theory and Critique (…)

Norbert Elias 1987

"Global Interdependencies: What’s new in the human society of individuals?"

5.-8. Dezember 2018, Brüssel The Research Centre in Political Science (CReSPo) and the Institute for European Studies (IEE) of Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (USL-B) are organizing the next Elias conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 5–8 December 2018. The ZeMKI, University of Bremen, together with the Hans-Bredow-Insitute for Media Research, organizes the session: “The re-figuration of (…)

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Media Education for All - Digitization. Participation. Diversity.

The 35th Forum Kommunikationskultur 2018 of the Gesellschaft für Medienpädagogik und Kommunikationskultur (GMK) is taking place in cooperation with the ZeMKI at the University of Bremen. Navigating through cities, researching information, making appointments, maintaining friendships, playing in teams, looking for partnerships, documenting everyday life and significant moments – all this is hardly imaginable without digital (…)


“Articulating Voice. The Expressivity and Performativity of Media Practices”

24. Mai 2018, Prag, Tschechische Republik Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique (PTC) Division of the International Communication Association Event date: 24 May 2018, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Prague, Czech Republic Location: Main Conference Hotel (Hilton, Prague, Czech Republic) Organizers: Christian Pentzold (University of Bremen), Kenzie Burchell (University of Toronto), Olivier Driessens (University (…)

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"Communication in Networks - Networks of Communication. Thematic, methodological and theoretical Perspectives of Historical Network Analysis between History and Communication Studies"

April 20 and 21, 2018, ZeMKI, Bremen Workshop conference, organized by the research network “Historical Network Research” and the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research ZeMKI at the University of Bremen 12th HNR Workshop “Communication in Networks – Networks of Communication. Thematic, methodological and theoretical perspectives of historical network analysis between history and communication (…)

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"Acting on Media"

In one way or the other the current transformation of society is related to media, which are understood to mean organizations, content and technologies. As a consequence, media themselves are gaining increasing relevance in political debates and for political activity per se. Actors like hacker collectives, alternative media or open source movements do not only (…)

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Critical Mediatization Research: Power, Inequality and Social Change in a Mediatized Age

International Conference International conference of the section “Mediatization” of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), organized by the DFG priority programme “Mediatized Worlds” in cooperation with the research network “Communicative Figurations” at the University of Bremen. Submissions can refer to both theoretical and empirical work as well as to different methodologies. However, the (…)


Media, City, Movement: Media Change and Communicative Figurations of Urban Life

Workshop on December 4/5, 2015 at the House of Science, Bremen Historical studies show: The emergence of the modern city and the mediatization of urban living space went hand in hand. This is exemplified not only by the “mass press” that emerged in urban spaces, but also by the early cinema, radio cinema, radio, posters (…)


Self-Expertization and Laypersons

Workshop as part of the Creative Unit “Communicative Figurations” Date: February 9-10, 2015 Location: University of Bremen, ZeMKI, meeting room Organization: Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Ute Volkmann Objective There are several sub-projects in the research network “Communicative Figurations” that focus on audience participation as a relevant factor with regard to the social change under investigation. What these (…)


IIK Specialist Group and NIIK Annual Conference Bremen 2014

Conference of the DGPuK specialist group “International and Intercultural Communication” and the “Intercultural and International Communication” network On October 2 and 3, 2014, the conference of the specialist group “International and Intercultural Communication” and the network “Intercultural and International Communication” on “Diversity in Transcultural and International Communication” will take place in Bremen. The conference is (…)


Rethinking the Mediatization of Politics: Politics and Policy, Government and Governmentality, Citizenship and Activism

Workshop of the ECREA Temporary Working Group “Mediatization” Venue: Thai Theatre (unless otherwise noted), New Academic Building, Sardinia Street, LSE Campus, WC2A 2AE The mediatization of politics was the beginning of mediatization research: In the 1990s and the following years, mediatization was mainly discussed as the adaptation of “media rules” or “journalistic logics” to the (…)

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VisKom Conference - Visualization & Mediatization

The annual conference of the DGPuK research group “Visual Communication” (November 21-23, 2013) From 21 to 23 November 2013, the annual conference of the DGPuK Visual Communication Research Group will take place at the University of Bremen in cooperation with the DFG Priority Programme 1505 “Mediatized Worlds”. Content and aims Our everyday life and our (…)


Exploring Medial Change

Internal event Media and communication change is currently the subject of various major research networks. The research group “Political Communication in the Online World” is investigating how politics and political communication are changing with the progressive establishment of the internet. The NCCR Democracy focuses, among other things, on the medialization of politics and society. The (…)

Communicative Figurations

International symposium On November 30, 2012, an international symposium on “Communicative Figurations” will take place at the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research at the University of Bremen. The ZeMKI is a member of the research network of the same name with the University of Hamburg and the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research (…)

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Networks of Transnational and Transcultural Communication

Concepts in theory, methodology and research From November 22 to 23, 2012, the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism at TU Dortmund University will host a conference of the International and Intercultural Communication Section of the German Association for Journalism and Communication Studies (DGPuK). The conference language is English. ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz (…)

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Media and Cultural Change Outside of Europe

The international workshop “Media and Cultural Change Outside of Europe” deals with the rapid media and cultural change that is taking place not only in Europe, but also in all other parts of the world. For decades, we have been living in a world that is changing rapidly as a result of the media. From (…)

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Comparing Communication Research – Transnational Perspectives

On September 27, 2012, the workshop “Comparing Communication Research – Transnational Perspectives” will take place at the ZeMKI. Researchers from Europe (Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany), the USA, Mexico and India will discuss the status quo of media and communication research under the conditions of mediatization and globalization. How do (…)