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Leibniz Media Lunch Talks

At the Leibniz Media Lunch Talk, researchers present current topics, preliminary findings from their research projects or doctoral theses in a relaxed atmosphere. The Lunch Talks take place at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, Seminar Room 3rd Floor, Rothenbaumchaussee 36, 20148 Hamburg. You are welcome to bring your own lunch and enjoy it during the talk.  Please register informally at info @ leibniz-hbi.de.


27 February 2020, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Plakat Pohle

Politik des Digitalen – Eine feldtheoretische Retrospektive

Dr. Julia Pohle from the Berlin Social Science Center will give the presentation "Politik des Digitalen - eine feldtheoretische Retrospektive [Politics of the Digital - a Field Theoretical Retrospective].” A short introduction will be given by PD Dr. Matthias Kettemann and Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt.

About the Presentation

Is digital policy an independent policy field? The field-theoretically based retrospective of internet political episodes from the 1980s to the present shows that this question is politically relevant. Whether the Internet and digitisation are perceived as a sub-issue of economic or security policy or as a separate area of regulation influences political goals, actors and disputes.

About Julia Pohle

Dr. Julia Pohle has been a research associate in the group "Politics of Digitalization" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin since 2015.

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28 January 2020, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Challenges of Watch Dog Journalism in Mexico

Verónica Sánchez, PhD candidate at the Institute of Communications and Journalism Studies at Universität Hamburg, presents "Challenges of Watch Dog Journalism in Mexico". A short introduction will be given by Johanna Sebauer.

About the Presentation

Unlike in Western democracies, watchdog journalism was not common in many newsrooms in Mexico during the 20th century. Although there were some alternative outlets in the 1970s, they only began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, at the same time as the democratisation of the Mexican politics took place. In her talk, Verónica Sànchez will present some of the challenges that this form of journalism faces in the digital age as well as the organizations that want to produce it, mainly problems of funding and digital giants (intermediaries).
Based on interviews with news professionals with a watchdog journalism mindset that she conducted for her research, she will present an image of the current state of journalism as well as some of the perspectives of news professionals for the future.

About the Person

Verónica Sánchez is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Communications and Journalism Studies at Universität Hamburg. She holds the Erasmus Mundus Masters Degree in Journalism, Media and Globalization from Aarhus University and Universität Hamburg. Prior to this, she worked as a national reporter for the daily newspaper Reforma in Mexico City, one of the pioneering news organizations with democratic values in Mexico. She has taught specialized journalism at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Her research is about the watchdog journalism field in Mexico in the digital age and the challenges and threats for its survival.

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Plakat ALchmayer15 January 2020, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Medien und die Bedrohung der Demokratie im 21. Jahrhundert

Prof. Dr. Konrad Lachmayer, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law and Professor of Public Law, European Law and Foundations of Law at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna, will report in his Lunch Talk from 12 to 1 p.m. on how neo-authoritarian tendencies threaten democracy and what significance (social) media have in these developments.

About the Talk

In the last 10 years, anti-democratic ideas have spread around the globe at an unexpected speed. Under the keyword "populism", neo-authoritarian tendencies are currently being intensively discussed. As the case study Hungary shows, the (state) attack on media (diversity) is at the beginning of these developments. The lecture shows the connections between authoritarianism and nationalism in the legal multi-level system from the perspective of increasing pressure on media. The role of social media in the changing era towards anti-pluralism, anti-constitutionalism and neo-nationalism is of particular importance.

About Konrad Lachmayer

Konrad Lachmayer is Professor of Public Law at the Sigmund Freud University (SFU) in Vienna.

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Plakat Pohlmann Barbaresi11 December 2019, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The IT-Blog Sphere and Its Discussion of Digital Policy

Dr. Jens Pohlmann, Associate Researcher at Stanford's Poetic Media Lab and currently Visiting Fellow at ZeMKI in Bremen and Dr. Adrien Barbaresi from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities will give the presentation "The IT-Blog Sphere and Its Discussion of Digital Policy" as part of our lecture series "Leibniz Media Lunch Talks." The presentation will be given in English, the discussion can also be held in German.

About the Presentation

Following the assumption that IT-blogs represent an avant-garde of technologically and socially interested experts, Jens Pohlmann (Stanford University) and Adrien Barbaresi (BBAW) present a research platform to observe their input on the public discussion of matters situated at the intersection of technology and society.

About Adrien Barbaresi and Jens Pohlmann

Dr. Adrien Barbaresi works at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities/Centre for Digital Lexicography of the German Language, where he coordinates the field of contemporary and web-based corpora. Among other things, he deals with the compilation and indexing of language data. Dr. Jens Pohlmann is Associate Researcher at Stanford's Poetic Media Lab and currently Visiting Fellow at ZeMKI in Bremen. He works on the historical and cultural causes of the current transatlantic disagreements in Internet policy.

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Plakat Masso4 December 2019, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Migration Research and Control in the Era of Big Data

Anu Masso, Associate Professor for Big Data in the Social Sciences at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance in Tallinn and currently visiting scholar at the postdoctoral college "Algorithmed Public Spheres", addresses the dialectical relationship between social data collection and migration in her Lunch Talk. The presentation will be given in English, the discussion can also be held in German

About the Presentation

Anu Massos presentation is based on the developments in social datafication, indicating (1) that all of the human activities are turned into data points, (2) these data are used for the migration management purposes, (3) the construction, access and use of data are unequally distributed and dis-consider diversity. Anu will discuss the next questions: Why the evolution of numbering technologies dis-considers human diversity? How to reconceptualize the diversity, considering the infinite diversity available in numbering technologies? The presentation is based on her conducted quantitative and qualitative studies in the fields of algorithmic governance of migration, securitization of forced migration, and selectivity of digital migration policy.

About Anu Masso

Anu Masso is Associate Professor for Big Data in the Social Sciences at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance in Tallinn and currently visiting scholar at the postdoctoral college "Algorithmed Public Spheres" of the HBI.

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Plakat Kümpel7 August 2019, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Glücklicher Zufall? Zum Potenzial des beiläufigen Kontakts mit Nachrichten auf sozialen Netzwerkseiten

Dr. Anna Sophie Kümpel, from the Institute for Communication Science and Media Research of the LMU Munich, focuses her research on diverse forms of public communication in social online media and specifically with the distribution, perception, use and impact of information and news offerings.

About the Presentation

Social network sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Twitter have become a central interface for the reception and use of news. However, there is hardly any active demand or search for news there - rather, the majority of SNS users state that they come across news in passing (incidental news exposure) because friends share articles or news providers promote selected posts by means of advertisements. This casual news contact is often conceived as a 'happy coincidence' and seen as an opportunity to motivate even uninterested users to engage with publicly relevant topics.

About Anna Sophie Kümpel

Dr. Anna Sophie Kümpel is a research associate at the Institute for Communication Science and Media Research of the LMU Munich.

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Plakat Boch1 August 2019, 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

The Limits of Tolerance: Extreme Speakers on Campus

About the Presentation

Recently, colleges and universities across the United States have had to choose whether to allow controversial speakers on campus, facing both legal complexity and normative implications. But how do Americans overall think about tolerating controversial speakers on campus? Contentious speakers bear on the larger issue of political tolerance, defined as the willingness to allow groups with which one disagrees to exercise their civil liberties. Annas study uses a factorial experiment to investigate individual features of controversial speaker events, including student opinion, security risk, and actual event-based descriptions of extreme left and extreme right speakers. Contrary to earlier studies of political tolerance, this study finds that Republicans (and ideological conservatives) are slightly more tolerant of extreme speech than are Democrats and Liberals.

About Anna Boch

Anna Boch is a doctoral candidate at the University of Stanford and is a guest researcher from June to August 2019 at the HBI. In her Lunch Talk, she will on free speech on US college campuses.

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