On this page we will report on student projects that deal with international comparative questions and/or global phenomena in communication. The projects are individual written theses or final papers which have been developed in the course of seminars.
03/2020 | Poster Presentation: Media & Migration
The class "Media and Migration in International Comparative Perspective" held by Sabrina Schmidt in the winter semester 2019/20 was concluded with a poster presentation showing the progress of several second-year student projects.
Svetlana Myagkova, Nina Prange and Manuel Urschel
"This study examines the potential of social media as a communicative channel to facilitate community-related discourse in diasporic public sphericules. Indeed, in Habermas’ terms, we can say that social media has the potential to be a public sphere enabling social encounters. However, our analysis shows that the discourse itself does not take place – the homogeneity of comments creates the impression of a close community, which doesn’t arise from it but is rather articulated, confirmed, and strengthened by it."
06/2019 | Fragile Democracies: The role of the media in Somalia and Ethiopia - Student Presentation
Mufutau Muyiwa and Rachael Akalusi examined fragile democracies (Somalia and Ethiopia) within the context of socio-political realities (polarization, pluralism and participation); access to information, especially in the digital landscape; the role of the media in nation building and the variables which enhance or constrain the media in the pursuit of its natural obligations.
06/2019 | Hybrid Democracies: Freedom of Expression during elections - Student Presentation
First year MA Global Communication students Dilara Ekinci and Nina Prange held a presentation in the seminar „Media and Political Transformation in International Comparative Perspective“ (Prof. Dr. Kai Hafez) on the role of the media in hybrid democracies with a special focus on freedom of expression during elections with the example of Turkey. Their presentation gave insights into characteristics of hybrid regimes and the role of press freedom, media ownership and media manipulation in election communication.