Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz

Title of the presentation:
Facing global communication and media change in different research communities in European Communication Studies

Short abstract of the presentation:
I will give an insight into the theory and methodology to analyse the body of knowledge as well as the social body of communication studies under international comparison (which are very different from country to country even in Europe, see also Koivisto/Thomas 2010). Then we will focus on some research fields with actual impact and their differences and commonalities in and between Research Communities in Europe, especially the problem how to face global communication and media change. How deal (different) research communities with these topics (theoretically, methodologically, in terms of normative orientations)? The aim is to learn how different research communities of communication researchers deal with the same or comparable problems (not at least to open the mind for other and new perspectives).

Short biography:
Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz is a Professor for Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bremen, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI). She graduated with a Phd from the University of Münster (Westfalia) in 2000 about the history of Communication Studies in The Weimar Republic (»Zeitungswissenschaft«). Her habilitation thesis on the development of Communication Theories in French Social Sciences and Humanities since the 1960s has been evaluated by the University of Leipzig in 2008. At the Institute for Communication and Media Studies at University of Leipzig she worked as an Academic Assistent up from 1999, later as a Senior Lecturer (Hochschuldozent) up from 2005. In 2008-9 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich, Institute for Mass Communication and Media Research and in 2010 Deputy Professor at the University of Münster, Institute for Communication Studies. Together with Hartmut Wessler (University of Mannheim) she is co-chairing the »Network of Intercultural and International communication (NIIK)« and also the research group »International and Intercultural Communication« in the German Communication Research Association (DGPuK). She was a lecturer at University of Bauhaus, Weimar (2002-3), at the University of Fribourg, Suisse (2008-2011) and the University of Zurich (2009-2011). AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Communication History and Media Change, Communication Theory, History of Communication Studies and Research under international Comparison, Intercultural and Transcultural communication, Communication and Media Ethics, Qualitative Methods.