Universität Erfurt


Curriculum Vitae: Prof. Dr. Kai Hafez

University of Erfurt / Chair for International and Comparative Communication Studies / Nordhäuser Str. 63 / 99089 Erfurt, Germany kai.hafez@uni-erfurt.de


  • 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)
  • 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)
  • international speeches and keynotes (selection): Dialogue Conferences of German Presidents Herzog and Rau, Bruno Kreisky Forum, Bucerius Summer School, German-Arab Media Dialogue, International Communication Assoc. German Orient Institute Cairo etc.; Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Georgetown, SOAS, Budapest, Ankara, Bern, Varanasi, Geneva, St Gallen, Cairo, London School of Economics, Westminster, Oslo, Karatchi, Jakarta, Copenhagen etc.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • since 2012 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)
  • since 2016 Member in the German Council of Migration

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