Dr. Hanan Badr

Hanan Badr

International Communication

DFG Project "Media Functions in Transition"


Address Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Garystraße 55
14915 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0) 30-838-59883
Email hanan.badr@fu-berlin.de
  • Born 1978, two children.
  • 1996-2000 Bachelor of Arts, Cairo University in Journalism and Mass Communication, Grade: Very Good with Honours.
    February 2001-July 2005: Junior Research and Teaching Assistant at the Journalism of Department, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University.
  •  2002-2005 Master of Arts, Cairo University. Thesis: The Image of Egypt and Egyptians in the German Print Media.
  •  July 2005-September 2007: Senior Research and Assistant Lecturer at the Journalism Department, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University.
  • October 2007-September 2011: DAAD-PhD-Scholarship (Vollpromotionsstipendium) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the University of Erfurt, Germany.
  •  February – May 2012: Local Coordinator for the conference entitled" Media Accountability in Transformation“ byErich Brost Institut for International Journalism, TU Dortmund, funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)
  •  2007-2013 DAAD Promotionsstipendium Doctoral Degree (Dr. des.), University of Erfurt. Thesis: Framing of Underground- and State Terrorism in Egyptian and German Print Media.
  • 08. May 2013 Organisation of the BMBF-funded Orient Institut Beirut workshop “Political Communication, Public Sphere and Transition in Egypt”, http://www.mediacultureegypt.com/node/26
  • 05.12.2013 Organisation of the BMBF-funded Orient Institut Beirut workshop “How Public is the Constitution in Egypt? Contested Public Spheres, Social Movements and Political Communication Online”, http://www.mediacultureegypt.com/node/26
  • September – December 2014: DAAD Visiting scholar at the Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 1.-2. March 2015 Organisation of the BMBF-funded Orient Institut Beirut workshop “Whatever happened to the Arab Spring? Four years after the revolutionary moment” http://www.mediacultureegypt.com/node/26
  • 12.-14. November 2015 Co-organisation of the Workshop “Egyptian Media & Journalism between Change and Continuity” at the FU Berlin. http://www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/kommwiss/arbeitstellen/internationale_kommunikation/projekte/journalism-in-transformation/Conference-2015/index.html
  • November 2012 – April 2015: Head researcher in the BMBF-funded research project “Media Culture in Transformation” at the Orient Institut Beirut, Cairo Office. www.mediacultureegypt.com
  • 2015 Egyptian project coordinator of the DAAD-funded “Tawasul” research project “Journalism in Transformation in Egypt and beyond” http://www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/kommwiss/arbeitstellen/internationale_kommunikation/projekte/journalism-in-transformation/index.html
  • 2013-2015 PhD Lecturer at Department of Journalism, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University

Other activities

  • March 2011- August 2015: weekly columnist for the El Dustour newspaper, then El Tahrir daily newspaper.December 2011 till December 2012: Press coordinator for the Cairo Climate Talks (CCT) Project, in collaboration with the German Embassy, DAAD and GIZ in Cairo
  • November 2006 – September 2007: Editor and Translator at the German Information Centre (GIC) at the German Embassy in Cairo. Website: http://www.almania-info.diplo.de.


DGPUK: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft e.V.

DAVO: Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient

AGYA: Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities

AUSACE: Arab-US Association of Communication Educators

AREACORE: The Arab-European Association for Media and Communication Researchers

Comparing international media systems
Public Sphere in the Arab World
Arab Media Systems
Media for Development
Media Literacy in the Egyptian context (English language)
Introduction to content analysis (in English, for MA students at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo).

Comparative Media Systems

International Communication

Media and Political Transformation

Public Sphere in the Arab World

Media Discourses on Islam and the West

Social Media and Political Change

Media and Terrorism

Foreign Coverage in Media Discourses


Wessen Terrorismus? Das Framing von Untergrund- und Staatsterrorismus im Kontext des israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikts, eine Monographie, (Whose Terrorism? Framing of underground and state terrorism in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), Wiesbaden, Springer VS, 2016 (forthcoming).


Orient Institut Studies No. 4, 2016 Media Culture in Transformation: Political communication, Social Networking and Transition in Egypt

Journal Articles

‎„Limitations of the Social Media Euphoria in Communication Studies“, in Centre d’études ‎et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales (CEDEJ), Égypte/Monde arabe, Vol. 13, March 2015. Available online:‎ http://ema.revues.org/3451

(co-authored with Thomas Demmelhuber) „Autoritäre Regime, Neue Medien und das »Regimedilemma«: eine Fallstudie zu Ägypten“, (Authoritarian Regimes, New Media and the Regime dilemma: A Case Study on Egypt“, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Vol. 21, No. 1, June 2014, pp. 143-160. http://www.zib.nomos.de/fileadmin/zib/doc/Aufsatz_ZIB_14_01_Badr.pdf

„Terrorism and the diverse societal and political discourses - a philosophical discussion“, in Demoqratiya Journal, Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies. No. 61, January 2016), (in Arabic language)

„Ramadan drama: A critical discussion of the socio-political media reality in the Egyptian series“, in Al Malaf al Masry, Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, Vol. 2, No. 11, June 2015, p. 5-8. (in Arabic language)

Chapters in edited volumes

(co-authored with Carola Richter) „Kommunikationswissenschaft in Ägypten“, in: Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie (Ed.): Kommunikationswissenschaft im internationalen Vergleich. Transnationale Perspektiven. Wiesbaden, Springer VS, 2016 (forthcoming).

Public Sphere, new media and political culture in post-revolutionary Egypt, in: Orient Institut Studies, Vol. 3, 2016, Available online: http://www.perspectivia.net/publikationen/orient-institut-studies

(co-authored with Mehrez Ghali) Social movements, constitution debates and online deliberations in the post-Mubarak Egyptian public sphere , in: Orient Institut Studies, Vol. 3, 2016 Available online: http://www.perspectivia.net/publikationen/orient-institut-studies

„Images of the U.S. in Egyptian Media: A New Factor enters the Equation“, in Shahin, Magda (Ed.), Egypt – U.S. Relations in a New Era, Cairo, Prince Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research, American University in Cairo, 2014. Available online: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/casar/Pages/hanan%20badr.pdf

„Battleground Facebook: Contestation Mechanisms in the Social Media in the Framing of the Egypt’s Revolution 2011”. In: Berenger, Ralph (Ed.), Social Media Go to War: Rage, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter. Spokane, Marquette Books, 2013.

„Parallelen und Kooperationsmöglichkeiten in der Scientific Community – Eine international-vergleichende Perspektive am Beispiel der Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft in Ägypten und Deutschland“ (Parallels and Cooperation possibilities for the Scietific Community – a Cross-national perspective at the example of Media and Communication Studies in Germany and Egypt), Article in the DAAD-Report due to the 50th Anniversary in Cairo, DAAD-Regional Office in Cairo (May 2010)

„Der Mord an Marwa: ein medienkritischer Rückblick“. In INAMO (Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten), Vol. 15, Autumn 2009, pp.41-45. in the same time published on www.qantara.de, „Medienkritik im Fall Marwa El-Sherbini: Das Feindbild der Anderen“, also in English under the title „The Murder of Marwa: Desperately Seeking Intercultural Sensitivity“

Book Reviews

Book Review Susan D. Moeller, Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit, Wiley & Sons, Blackwell Publishers, 2009.In Media, War and Conflict, Vol. 2, No. 2, August 2009.

Book Review: Mohamed Ali Bassyouni, Der Facebook Staat, (The Facebook State) Cairo, Shorouk Publishers, 2009. In DAVO, Vol. 29, August 2009.

Numerous articles on politics, social and media issues published in Al-Doustour Al-Tahrir newspaper and Qantara.de.

Selected Presentations

(with Carola Richter) “From counter-hegemony to power and back again: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in transforming political and media structures”, Paper presented at the IAMCR 2015 conference in Montreal, Canada, 12.-16.07.2015

“Comparing two media systems in change in the East German media system 1989-1991 and the Egyptian media system 2011-2013”, A paper presented at the Al-Ahram Canadian Annual conference, Cairo, Egypt, 13.-16.03.2014

“Social Movements’ Online Discourses in the Social Media in a transforming Egypt” 18th Annual Conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators, Tanger, Morocco 11-15.11.2013

Europe in the Middle East –The Middle East in Europe (EUME) International Summer Academy by the Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin), AUC Aesthetics and Politics: Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World, Cairo, 16 – 27.09.2012

“Battleground Facebook”: Contestation Mechanisms in the Social Media in the Framing of the “Egyptian Revolution” in 2011, paper presented at the conference “Islam, Citizenship and the New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt”, Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 18.-20.12.2011.

“Who is the Terrorist? Framing of Terrorism in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, paper presented at the International Conference of the scholarly Network International and Intercultural Communication (NIIC) Beyond "Center" and "Periphery": (De)Westernization International and Intercultural Communication, Erfurt, 27-29.10.2011.

„Framing Terrorism in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Assassination of Ahmed Yassin 2004 as a Case Study “, Presented at the Conference Global Media and the War on Terror, University of Westminster, London, 13.-14.09.2010.

Invited speaker on “Social Media and the Arab Spring: what remains? Encounters from Egypt” at Winter School "Social Media and Teaching – where do we go from here?" - at the Free University of Berlin, Berlin, 14.12.2014

Invited speaker on “Was it a Facebook Revolution?”, Invited Speaker at the Conference on Law and Economics in times of Revolutions, at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, 6-9.11.2013

Invited speaker on “Islam and the Media: Reflections on the Image of Muslims in Western Media”, at the DAAD-Summer School “Muslims in the West”, University of Erfurt, Erfurt, August 2010 and August 2011.

Invited Speaker on „Internet as Potential for freedom in the Arab World?” at the Austrian Orient Society, Vienna, 10.-12.12.2009.

Invited Speaker on „The media representation of the terrorism in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Bonn, 22.07.2009.