Introducing the research group
The team of the research group Media Studies analyzes the conditions, structures and processes of the emergence of public communication in an international context. The focus lies on studies on the theory and practice of strategic communication and journalism. In particular, we deal with questions of risk, crisis and war communication, the fight against disinformation, the consequences of multimodal communication as well as the consequences of the use of innovative technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, virtual reality) for public communication.
The research group, led by Prof. Dr. Martin Löffelholz and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Aynur Sarısakaloğlu, includes scholars from different countries. The working language of the team is English; however, we also speak German, Italian, Spanish, French, Romanian, Russian, Tagalog, Czech and Turkish. Currently, in addition to various other empirical studies, we are particularly involved in two large research consortia funded by the German Research Foundation (DECIPHER) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (MIRKKOMM). Furthermore, the team supervises a large number of Bachelor's and Master's theses.