Universität Erfurt

Program & Abstracts

Conference Schedule

 Thursday, October 27

18:00Opening/ Registration
18:30 - 19:00

Welcome (Prof. Dr. Patrick Rössler, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Erfurt)

Introduction (Anne Grüne, Dirk-Claas Ulrich, Carola Richter)

19:00 - 20:30

Roundtable Discussion: Tracking Orientalism in German Social Sciences and Humanities       

with Prof. Dr. Birgit Schäbler, History, University of Erfurt; Prof. Dr. Christoph Schumann, Political Sciences, University Erlangen/Nuremberg; Prof. Dr. Kai Hafez, Communication Studies, University of Erfurt



Friday, October 28

8:00 - 9:00Registration

Keynote: Raka Shome, Harron Family Endowed Chair of Communication, Villanova University

"Critical Reflections on "De-westernization" in Communication Studies"

10:00-10:30Coffee Break

Panel 1: Reflexive Research-o-graphy: Juxtaposing incommensurable perspectives?

Chair: Prof. Hartmut Wessler, Mannheim/Germany

Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz, Germany: “Globalization” and Related Key Concepts in Western and Nonwestern Communication Studies

Thomas Herdin, Austria: Deconstructing Typologies: From an either/or to a both/and Approach

Anis Rahman, Canada: De-Westernizing Bourdieu and Habermas: Applying Field Theory and Public Sphere to an Emerging Television Industry


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

Chair: Christine Horz, Frankfurt/Germany

Greg De Cuir, Jr., Serbia: Self-Emancipation Between East and West: Emerging Research Perspectives on the Balkans as European Grey Zone

Teke Ngobma, Denmark: Circumnavigating De-Westernization: Theoretical Reflexivities in Researching Campaign Communication in Africa

Jochen Hoffmann/ Jade Bilowol/ Landon Carnie, Vietnam: Bridging the Divide: Cultural Interpenetration in Professional Communication

Viktorija Ratkovic, Austria: Media produced by Migrants: Presenting Critical Voices vs. Serving an Ethnic Niche

15:30-16:00Coffee Break

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

Chair: Prof. Mike S. Schäfer, Hamburg/Germany

Sebastian Wessling/ Marlis Prinzing, Germany: Conception Gap? A Comparison of Development Conceptions of Donors and Recipients of Media Development Programs

Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Austria: Media as Tool of Democratisation: Promoting Free Media in Post Conflict Society

Sigrid Kannengießer, Germany: Digital Storytelling for Women Empowerment: Western Norms vs. Local Hopes – Feminism vs. Tradition?

Frederik Holst, Germany:  Neutral Techonology? A Post-Colonial Perspective on Information and Communication Technologies

18:00-19:00Meeting of the Section for International and Intercultural Communication of the DGPUK and NIIK


Saturday, October 29


Keynote: Daniel Hallin, University of California San Diego

"Comparing Media Systems beyond the Western World"

10:00-10:30Response: Sarah El-Richani, Germany/Lebanon
10:30-11:00Coffee Break

Panel 4: Journalism: Demarcating, Transcending and Subverting Borders

Chair: Dr. Liriam Sponholz, Erfurt/Germany

Stefan Jarolimek, Germany: „De-Westernization” – an Illusion? Reflections on Normativity in Western Theories and Methodological Approaches

Hanan Badr, Germany/Egypt: Who is the Terrorist? Framing Terrorism in the German and Egyptian Newspapers in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Judith Pies, Germany: Media Accountability: A Peripheral Luxury in the Arab World? Results from a Comparative Study on How the Internet Contributes to Media Accountability Practises in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria

Igor Prusa, Japan: Media Ethics and Journalism in a non-Western Society: The Case of Scandal Mediations in Japan

Natalya Ryabinska, Ukraine: The Bounds and Boundaries in International News Making in post-Soviet “Periphery”: the Case of Ukraine

Nadja-Christina Schneider, Germany: A belated Gutenberg Age?  Or: Why Eurocentric Approaches Cannot Explain the Recent Newspaper Boom in India

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