Universität Erfurt


Beyond "Center" and "Periphery": (De-)Westernization in International and Intercultural Communication

Conference of the International and Intercultural Communication section
of the German Communication Association
Erfurt, Germany, October 27-29, 2011

Hosted by: Department of Media and Communication at the University of Erfurt
(Coordination: Carola Richter, Dirk-Claas Ulrich, Anne Grüne)

The conference will scrutinize Western media studies from previously peripheral, non-Western perspectives and research areas. And it will consider the (potential) reciprocal impacts of these non-Western perspectives on Western research.
The central aim is to initiate an insightful exchange on the interrelationship of non-Western and Western perspectives in order to inspire research practice.

The conference features keynotes by:

  • Dr. Raka Shome (Harron Family Endowed Chair of Communication, Villanova University)
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Hallin (University of California San Diego)

and the following panels:


-          Roundtable discussion: Tracking Orientalism in German Social Sciences and Humanities

-          Panel 1: Reflexive Research-o-graphy: Juxtaposing Incommensurable Perspectives?

-          Panel 2: De-Westernization as Reference Frame in Communication Research

-          Panel 3: Media and Development: Western Claims and Local Needs

-          Panel 4: Journalism: Demarcating, Transcending and Subverting Borders

Please register online: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/kommunikationswissenschaft/conference/registration-fees/

The conference schedule is to be found here: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/kommunikationswissenschaft/conference/program-abstracts/

We would be happy to welcome you all in Erfurt in October.

Inquiries can be made to iic2011@uni-erfurt.de

The conference is funded by:



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