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National and International Research Collaborations in Research and Practice

National and International Collaborations with Scientific Institutions

Universität Hamburg / RCMC

By far the most important partner in cooperation with the Institute is Universität Hamburg. Together with other faculties of the University, the Institute maintains the Research Center for Media and Communication (RCMC), which promotes regional networking of media research.

The RCMC collates research into the media being conducted at faculties of Universität Hamburg, coordinates it with the activities carried out at the Hans-Bredow-Institut and develops new research initiatives. Alongside interdisciplinary research projects, including the research association “Communicative Figurations” with the University of Bremen, the RCMC initiates research events and publications and promotes international exchanges in the area of communication and media studies. The RCMC also organises the Graduate School Media and Communication (GMaC). In 2017, the RCMC already has over 50 members.

One important form of cooperation, which involves broadcasting institutions alongside the Institute and Universität Hamburg, is represented by the Research Centre Media History. In this cooperative project with Universität Hamburg, being conducted in close coordination with the NDR [North German Broadcasting], the Institute has also been establishing accents in historical research into media developments over the last few years. Whilst establishing a history of the programming and institutional history of broadcasting in North Germany, especially of the NDR, occupied the foreground in the first years, the Research Centre Media History is now engaging with transnational and “entangled” developments in the media and individual stories of media history from a cross-medial perspective.

The Research Centre Media History is a member of the research group “Media Memories and Transcultural Communication” at the Research Center for Media and Communication (RCMC). The research group aims at broadening the horizons in the fields of media memory research and in the research on transnational and transcultural communication. Its objective is to analyse theoretically and empirically how the media convey and shape social memory regarding transcultural processes.

Alongside these activities, there are intensive cooperative projects with individual faculties and institutions at the university. The Institute has been cooperating for years on the concept of the area of special emphasis, “Information and Communication” at the Faculty of Law. Together with this faculty, an appointment process for a chair in “Media Law and Public Law Including Its Theoretical Bases” was initiated and now led by Wolfgang Schulz, with which it is intended to reinforce the study area of jurisprudence at the Institute and to deepen cooperation with the University. Accordingly, the Institute supports, for instance the “fireside chats”, where students can talk to successful practitioners about career planning and can get to know how professions work.

Currently, the Institute intensifies its cooperative relations with the department of Informatics at Universität Hamburg. Here, the most important shared research interests focus on areas of algorithmic decision-making and the role of technology in relations with regulatory structures online.

A further example of collaboration with the University is the joint work with the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme, “Media, Journalism and Globalization”, mounted by the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies.

And finally, the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Communication and Information (Chair: W. Schulz) forms a further joint activity with the University.

Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

The Institute is an “integrated co-operation partner” since the foundation of this Berlin research institute in 2011. For the Hans-Bredow-Institut, the co-operation with the HIIG foremost is a disciplinary extension but also means easier access to the community of internet-oriented international research. With the appointment of Wolfgang Schulz to the board of the HIIG there is now also a personal relation on management level.
Through the co-operation with the HIIG, the Hans-Bredow-Institut is also actively involved in the “Network of Internet and Society Research Centers” (NoC), which includes more than 70 research institutions worldwide. Other partners in this network are, for example, the Nexa Center for Internet and Society in Turin, the Oxford Internet Institute. The Rio Institute for Technology and Science, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Wolfgang Schulz is a member of the NoC’s Executive Committee, which oversees the activities.

The co-operation is manifested in numerous research projects. One of the biggest accomplishments of the co-operation with the HIIG is the acceptance of the joint application for organising the Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers AoIR, the “AoIR2016 Internet Rules”, in Berlin, Germany, in autumn 2016.

Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0

The Hans-Bredow-Institut was admitted into the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 at its general assembly during the annual conference of the Leibniz Association on November 28. It consists of 37 association partners from science and libraries, which makes the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 the largest of the 11 research alliances of the Leibniz Association. The association of university and non-university research institutes from different disciplines from Germany, Austria and Switzerland address the question how the Internet changes research and publication processes in science with various Web 2.0 applications. The objective is to develop new technologies for infrastructure facilities based on detailed findings on new working habits of researchers.

Non-Formalised National and International Collaborations

As yet, the Institute has not formalised cooperation with institutes, universities and individual researchers beyond Hamburg in the form of longer-term agreements to cooperate. Such contacts are, however, numerous, and also extend beyond Germany and Europe:

Within Germany, the Institute seeks cooperative projects, above all in order to extend its own disciplinary perspectives in connection with and by means of concrete projects. The “Network for Media and Health Communication”, co-founded in 2003 by C. Lampert and an integral component of the competence area “Health Communication”, can also look back on several years of success.

Close cooperative relations have also been established with the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) through the research association “Communicative Figurations”. This research association examines the effects of profound mediatisation on the construction of social issues. In 2016, it applied for establishing a DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich/Transregio [a collaborative research centre of the German Research Foundation]. Despite a recommendation for funding of the international assessment group, the senate committee of the DFG did not approve the application. The research association will now realise its intended project through individual projects.

In many projects, the co-operation with the Institute for Media Research and Media Education (JFF) in Munich has proved to be successful. Currently, the institutes work together on an index for youth media protection.

Among the Institute’s particular characteristics are its co-operative projects on an intensive and international level.  Our participation in several European research projects has made our contacts particularly close on a European level: examples of this are the research network EU Kids Online and hereby especially the co-operation with the London School of Economics (LSE), Department of Media and Communications. The research network consists of research teams from 32 European countries and is coordinated by the Hans-Bredow-Institut.

Further international co-operation projects are the COST-Action ‘’The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children“ (DigiLitEY), the Media Pluralism Monitor and the EU project MIRACLE on interoperable age categorisation, which is coordinated by the Institute. In this way, the Institute has created good premises for devising European research projects and making applications for them.
Further international projects are the network Journalism Elsewhere, Reuters Institute Digital News Survey and the media-historical researchers’ network “Entangled Media Histories” (EMHIS). In addition – partly arising from network co-operations – there are close relations with individual research institutes all over the world, such as in Australia, Denmark and the UK.

All in all, a special research emphasis in the Asian-Pacific region has been deepened – above all in the areas of jurisprudence – alongside the traditionally intense co-operation within Europe: there is already a close co-operation with the Hong Kong University, Faculty of Law, as well as with the Faculty of Law an der Delhi University, India.

Other Collaborations

The Institute is actively involved in the activities of national and international associations of specialist researchers. In this vein, our staff members have been active for years as spokespeople or their representatives in the specialist groups of the German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies (DGPuK) and members in the Society for Media Education and Communication Culture (GMK). Since 2016, Michael Grimm is Division Secretary of the Visual Communication Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). Alongside our institutional membership of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the Institute has been represented by Prof. Uwe Hasebrink on the board of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) since its foundation in 2005. In October 2010, the Institute hosted the “European Communication Conference”, which is staged every two years by ECREA.

The Hans-Bredow-Institut is part of the newly organized “News Integrity Initiative” (NII), which will be funded by Facebook and other organisations with $ 14 million.  The newly founded organisation NII is a global consortium focused on promoting news literacy, increasing trust in journalism and improving the basis of information for public debate. The Initiative will fund applied research and projects, and promote the exchange between media organisations, research, journalism and civil society organisations. The News Integrity Initiative will be run as an independent project by the under the auspices of the School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism of the City University of New York (CUNY), whose director is Professor Jeff Jarvis. The Journalism School will coordinate the activities of the “News Integrity Initiative”, including research, special projects and events.
For the Hans-Bredow-Institut, being part of this initiative is a further possibility to make its research results available in the scope of media organisations, journalism and civil society and to contribute with its research to social self-understanding and opinion formation on a well-informed basis.

Cooperative projects with non-research institutions take place above all through individuals, not through membership of the Institute itself.
Prof. Uwe Hasebrink was chairman of International Advisory Board at the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt from 2014 to 2016, he is a member of the International Advisory Boards of the journals “Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM)”, “Nordicom Review” and “Studies in Communication / Media”. Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Board of the project “Global Kids Online (UNICEF/LSE)” and of the Advisory Board of the EU-funded project “BIK-MAP”.
Since 2016, Prof. Wolfgang Schulz has been a member and chairman of the “Committee of Experts on Internet Intermediaries” (MSI-NET) of the European Council. In addition, W. Schulz has been reappointed as the chairman of the specialist committee, “Communication and Information” and, thus, became an executive board member of the German UNESCO Commission. Furthermore, he will be part of the Advisory Board of the Law & Technology Centre at Hong Kong University.
Stephan Dreyer is spokesperson for the Complaint Committee as well as the Expert Committee of the "Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers" (FSM); he is a Surveyor for Child Protection at the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK). He is founding member of the "Center for Social Responsibility in the Digital Age" (SRDA). Furthermore, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the EU-funded project “BIK-Map”.
Dr. Claudia Lampert is a member of the advisory board of the Erfurt Netcode, in the expert commission “Wissen, Forschung, Technikfolgenabschätzung [Knowledge, Research and Technology Assessment]“ at the Zentrum für Kinderschutz im Internet I-KiZ ,[Center for Child Protection on the Internet], in Mediennetz Hamburg [Media Network Hamburg] and she is a member of the board of the initiative “SCHAU HIN!”.
PD Dr. Wiebke Loosen is a member of the board of trustees of the Akademie für Publizistik [Academy
for Journalism].
Alina Laura Tiews is editor of the journal “Rundfunk und Geschichte [Broadcasting and History]”.
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wagner is a spokesperson for the expert group “Historische Rezipientenforschung” [Historical Reception Research] at the  “Studienkreises Rundfunk und Geschichte” [Circle for the Study of Broadcasting and History] and is a member of its executive board. He has been a member of the jury for the “Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden” [Blind War Veterans’ Prize for Radio Plays] and Honorary Associate of the Research Centre for Media History, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Guest Researchers at the Hans-Bredow-Institut

Apart from the long-term Senior Visiting Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Per Christiansen, the Hans-Bredow-Institut could welcome the following researchers from Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Iran, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA since 2016:

Hamid Reza Akrami, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut from July 2016 to June 2017, is a communication expert at PMO, the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran. While working at PMO, he does a doctorate at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Teheran on the topic of media literacy of children and young people. He is now finalizing his PhD at the Hans-Bredow-Institut and is actively involved in the network “EU Kids Online”. Hamid Reza Akrami has studied computer software engineering and worked for several newspapers. He holds a master degree in social communications/journalism and was, among other things, editor-in-chief at PAJOOHESH-VA-SANJESH, a journal of the reserarch department of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), from 2002-2003. In 2004, he earned a second master degree in administration at the University of Malmö, Sweden. Therefore, Hamid Reza Akrami has a dual qualification in the area new communication technologies and new media. He has also taught communication technologies, online public relations, electronic journalism, specialised English for media and communications students, and other relevant courses at the university. Hamid Reza Akrami was involved in the event “Online zwischen Orient und Okzident – Medienkindheit in Iran, Spanien und Deutschland [Online between Orient and Occident – Media Childhood in Iran, Spain and Germany]“, organised by the Hans-Bredow-Instituts on December 7, 2016.

Prof. Dr. Anne S. Y. Cheung, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in July 2016, is professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. She received her legal education at the University of Hong Kong (LL.B), the University of Toronto (J.D.), the University of London (LL.M) and Stanford University (JSD). She teaches Law and Society and Media Law. Her research interests are in freedom of expression, privacy, children’s rights (including cyberbullying). Anne S. Y. Cheung was a committee member of the Hong Kong Press Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. She worked on the Open Net Initiative Project (Asia) to study online freedom of speech in the form of blogging in China. Currently, she is working with Privacy International (UK) to study privacy protection in Hong Kong and China. Her work has been published in the Harvard Journal of International Law (Online) (leading article), Computer Law and Security Review, International Data Privacy Law and in the Journal of Media Law. Anne S. Y. Cheung’s latest work focuses on the protection of privacy and legal aspects in cloud computing (together with Rolf H. Weber, Edward Elgar Pub. UK 2015). Her visit at the Hans-Bredow-Institut was supported by a DAAD grant, and her research project is on big data and consumer surveillance.

Elise Defreyne, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in April 2016, is a PhD student at the University of Namur, Belgium. Her research topic is the transformation of public service media in Belgium under the influence of European state aid rules. Elise Defreyne holds a master degree in law from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL – Belgium). Since 2008, she is a researcher at the Research Center in Information, Law and Society (CRIDS) and teaching assistant in law. Moreover, from 2008 to 2012, she qualified as a lawyer in a law firm specialized in media law. Elise Defreyne has already written several scientific articles in the following research fields: public service media, must-carry-regulations, the distribution of competences in Belgium and the right to be forgotten. Besides her publications, she was also involved in several European media research projects. Her main research interests are public service media, European media law and the right to be forgotten.

Ass. Prof. Dr. Nick Diakopoulos, guest researcher at the Institute in December 2016, is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park College of Journalism and currently fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in Hamburg in its Postdoc-Kolleg “Algorithmed Public Spheres”. His research is in computational and data journalism with an emphasis on algorithmic accountability, narrative data visualization, and social computing in the news. Nick Diakopoulos received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism. Before UMD, he worked as a researcher at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and City University New York studying the intersections of information science, innovation, and journalism. Two public events and an internal workshop on the topic of algorithms were organised with Nick Diakopoulos during his stay at the Hans-Bredow-Institut.

Prof. Dr. Maria Gomez y Patiño, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in July 2016, is professor at the Department of Journalism at Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. As a participant in the Erasmus exchange program, she gained an insight in the research areas of the Institute, especially in the research on the digitalisation of journalism. Her further research interests are in the field of political communication/election campaings as well as in the area of gender studies.

Prof. Dr. Bridget Griffen-Foley, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in May/June 2016, is professor of Media Sciences and the founding Director of Macquarie University's Centre for Media History in Sydney, Australia. Together with Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wagner, she works on the project “Transnational Media Histories”, which is funded by the DAAD and the BMBF from 2015 to 2018 within the MQ-Fu-HAM Trilateral Strategic Partnership, a co-operation of Universität Hamburg, Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia).

Dr. Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, guest researcher at the Postdoc-Kolleg “Algorithmed Public Spheres” of the Hans-Bredow-Institut in December 2016, is scientific director of the Secure Data Center at the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne. She is a lecturer at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) of the Universität Koblenz-Landau. Her main research interests are Big Data, privacy and research ethics in the area of epistemology.

Felix Victor Muench, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in May/June 2016, is a PhD Student at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane (QUT), Australia. With a B.Sc. in Physics (LMU, Munich, Germany), a M.A. in Journalism (LMU and German Journalist School, Munich, Germany) and work experience in online media brand communication as an online media concepter and strategist, his main fields of interest are network science methodologies and social media.

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, guest researcher at Hans-Bredow-Institut from October 2015 to June 2016, is professor of Audiovisual Communication and head of the Department of Audiovisual and Online Communications at the Department of Communication Science at the University of Salzburg. From 2004 to 2006, she was head of the Department for Communication Science. From October 1st 2011 to September 30th 2015, she was Dean of the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences, where she functioned as the Vice Dean since October 1st 2009. Prof. Dr. Paus-Hasebrink was also a member of the Senate of the University of Salzburg until she was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences. Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink studied Journalism, German Philology and Sociology at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University, Münster, where she received a Master’s degree in 1977 before working as an editor. After gaining a doctorate in 1985, Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink lectured at the Institute of Journalism and Communication Science as well as at the Institute of German Language and Literature Studies in Müster. In 1997, she habilitated on the subject of “Hero Images on Television”, which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Dieter Baacke, at the Pedagogical Department of the University of Bielefeld. Later on, she taught at the University of Bielefeld. Her research interests are in the areas of (media) socialization research, phenomena of popular culture, and audiovisual product and reception analysis.

Marta Portalés Oliva, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut from September to December 2016, is a PhD candidate at the Universidad Autónoma in Barcelona (UAB). She studied Audiovisual Communication in the University of Valencia between 2009 and 2013, she spent a year through the International Program in York University Toronto (Canada) and a year of Erasmus in the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (Germany). After graduating from the Official Master of Research on Communication and Journalism in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2014, she received a scholarship for Research Staff Training in order to perform the Doctorate on Journalism and Communication in that same university. Her research interests focus on media literacy and the study of the audiovisual medium in formal and informal contexts. Marta Portalés Oliva does her doctorate on the topic of media literacy and worked on several projects in the competence area “Growing Up in Digital Media Environments” at the Hans-Bredow-Institut. In addition, she was involved in the event “Online zwischen Orient und Okzident – Medienkindheit in Iran, Spanien und Deutschland [Online between Orient and Occident – Media Childhood in Iran, Spain and Germany]“, organised by the Hans-Bredow-Instituts on December 7, 2016.

Members of the Institute as Guest Researchers at Other Institutes

Dr. Claudia Lampert spent three months during the summer of 2016 at the University of Milan, Italy, within the co-operation of EU Kids Online.

Lisa Merten took part in the Summer School at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, in February/March 2016, followed by a research stay at the same university.


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