University of Erfurt

20 Jahre Kommunikationswissenschaft in Erfurt

Curriculum Vitae: Prof. Dr. Kai Hafez

University of Erfurt / Chair for International and Comparative Communication Studies / Nordhäuser Str. 63 / 99089 Erfurt, Germany


  • since 2003 Full Professor (Chair) (C4) for International and Comparative Communication Studies at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Erfurt, Germany
  • 1985-1994 studied Political Science, History, Journalism and Arab Studies at the University of Hamburg and at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • 1995 - 2002 Research Fellow of the German Institute for Middle East Studies, Hamburg (1999-2002 Senior Research Fellow)
  • 2001 Second PhD (Habilitation) and teaching permission (venia legendi) in Political Science
  • 2002-2009 also Guest Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2005/06 also Senior Associate Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
  • 2007 also Lecturer at the Hamburg Media School
  • 2010/11 also Visiting Fellow, Mass Communication Department, American University in Cairo

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  • research specialization:
    1) media studies: media and international communication/globalization; media coverage and Islamic-Western relations; mass media and political transformation in the Arab World; media and immigration in Europe; cross-cultural media ethics; 2) political science: relations between Islam/West; comparison of political cultures Islam/West; Muslims in the West
  • publications (books):
    1) The Myth of Media Globalization (Polity Press, Cambridge); 2) Radicalism and Political Reform in the Islamic and Western Worlds (Cambridge University Press); 3) (ed.) Arab Media - Power and Weakness (Continuum, New York); 4) (ed.) Islam and the West in the Mass Media (Hampton Press); 5) (ed.) Mass Media, Politics, and Society in the Middle East (Hampton Press); 6) (ed.) The Islamic World and the West. An Introduction to Political Cultures and International Relations (Brill, Leiden/New York); 7) The Middle East and Islam in the German Press, 2. Vols. (Nomos, in German); 8) (ed.) Iraq - Country between War and Peace (Palmyra, in German); 9) Islam in "Liberal" Europe: Freedom, Equality, and Intolerance (Rowman & Littlefield); 10) (ed.) Arab Spring and the German Image of Islam (Frank & Timme, in German); 11) (with Sabrina Schmidt), The Perception of Islam in Germany (Bertelsmann Foundation, in Germany)
  • member of editorial boards of academic magazines 1.) Political Communication (American Political Science Association and International Communication Association) (2001-2007); 2.) Arab Media & Society (Oxford University and American University in Cairo); 3.) Journal for International Communication (International Association of Media and Communication Research); 4.) Global Media Journal (Department of Communication and Creative Arts at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, USA); 5.) Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism (City University, London); 6.) Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (University of London et al.) (2007-2016)
  • Keynotes/Speeches (selection): Dialogue Conferences of German Presidents Herzog and Rau, Bruno Kreisky Forum (Amman), Bucerius Summer School, German-Arab Media Dialogue (German Foreign Office), International Communication Association (ICA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), International Media and Communication Research Association (IAMCR), Global Communication Association (GCA), German Orient Institute (Beirut/Kairo), Middle East Institute (Singapur), European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). Maecenata Stiftung (Villa Vigoni); universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Georgetown, School of African an Oriental Studies (SOAS), Budapest, Ankara, Bern, Varanasi, Geneva, St Gallen, Cairo, London School of Economics (LSE), Westminster, Oslo, Karatchi, Jakarta, Bandung, Copenhagen, Osnabrück, FU Berlin, TU Munich, TU Ilmenau
  • editor of the book series "Mass media and political communication - Middle East and Islam" (German and English), and "International and Intercultural Communication" (German and English)
  • Blind reviews for academic magazines: Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Theory, Journalism: Theory and Practice, Global Media Journal, Arab Media & Society, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of International Communication, Political Communication, Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, The International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Communication (Annenberg)

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other activities

  • 1995 head of the first German business delegation to Palestine (German government and Palestinian authority)
  • 1995-2001 director of the research project “The Image of the Middle East and Islam in the German Press” (German Research Association/DFG and Volkswagen Foundation)
  • 1996 electoral observer of the European Union in the Palestinian territories
  • 1996-2005 academic advisor of the German-Arab Media Dialogue for the Press and Information Agency of the German Government (Bundespresseamt) and the German Foreign Ministry
  • 1999 director of the first common conference of the German Central Council of Jews and the German Central Council of Muslims
  • 2000/01 academic advisor of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany for matters related to Islamic-Western relations
  • 2001 director of an international conference on "The Ethics of Journalism in the Islamic-Western Context" under the auspices of the German President, Johannes Rau in Bellevue Palace, Berlin
  • 2001/02 director of the research project “Turkish Media Audiences in Germany” (Press and Information Agency of the German Government)
  • 2001-2004 member of the board of trustees of the international research project GRAD on globalization, founded at Oxford University and coordinated by the Toda Peace Institute, Hawaii
  • 2002/03 and 2005 director of evaluation projects of radio and television Arabic foreign broadcasting of Deutsche Welle
  • since 2004 university excursions funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Egypt 2004, Cambodia 2007, Indonesia 2015
  • 2005 Member of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Arab Media Project (CAMP)
  • 2006-2009 member of working group "Economy and Media" of the German Islam Conference, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany
  • since 2007 member of the advisory board of the Insitute for Media Policy, Berlin
  • 2008 Project Advisor for Exchange of Journalists, Goethe-Institute, Munich
  • 2009 director of the research project “China’s Image in German Mass Media” (Heinrich Böll Foundation)
  • 2011 Laudatory for Sihem Bensedrine (Tunisia), Journalism Award, Ibn Rushd Foundatian, Berlin
  • 2011/12 Project Advisor for the Volkswagen-Foundation´s Research Programme on "Arab Transformations"
  • since 2012 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Avicenna Academic Foundation (Avicenna-Studienwerk)
  • 2012-2016 Member of the Commission For Group-Oriented Animosity Against People, University of Erfurt
  • 2013-2015 advisor of the research project "Egyptian Media Culture in Transition" (German Orient-Institute, Beirut, and German Federal Ministry of Research/BMBF)
  • 2015 director of the research project "Religion-Monitor - The Perception of Islam in Germany" (Bertelsmann Foundation)
  • 2015-2017: director of the cooperation- and research project "Media Systems and Communication Cultures in Transformation Processes: a comparisa of Germany and Indonesia" (in cooperation with UNPAD-University, Bandung; sponsered by the German Academic Cooperation Council (DAAD)
  • since 2016 Member in the German Council of Migration
  • since 2016 Member of the Advisory Body "Tolerance and Diversity", Government of Thuringia, Germany
  • 2017 Director of the Conference  “Media and Transformation in Germany and Indonesia: Dynamics and Regressions in Global Perspective”, Universitas Padjadjaran (Unpad) und Universität Erfurt in Bandung, Indonesia
  • 2018 Founder of the MA Study program "Global Communication: Politics & Society" (University of Erfurt)

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