Renowned and young scholars in German communication studies are campaigning for more cosmopolitan communication studies and its "deep internationalisation".
In a network funded by the DFG, these ideas are being advanced through a mapping of the research and teaching landscape in communication studies in Germany, several workshops, and a handbook. The network has a funding period from July 2021 to June 2024.
If you are interested in joining the network, please do not hesitate to contact us.
On 16. and 17. November 2023 was a conference with the theme "Out of the Comfort Zone: Challenges of Communication Studies in the Age of New Global Realities" in Berlin-Dahlem. This conference was jointly organized by the DGPuK's division "International and Intercultural Communication" and the DFG network "Cosmopolitan Communication Studies", which advocates for a "deep internationalization". The conference therefore included several windows: 1) panels with conference presentations, 2) a PhD students' workshop, and 3) public panel discussions.
Please find more information here.
This paper presents and discusses the results of a comprehensive survey and several document analyses on personnel and research structures as well as teaching programs in German communication studies regarding their “deep internationalization” or cosmopolitan orientation. By this, we mean a comprehensive recognition and integration of global diversity into knowledge production. We measure this through the content and spatial dimension of the research and teaching output of professors, as well as the teaching and research staff linked to them. The findings show that German communication studies is lagging a truly cosmopolitan knowledge production. Against the backdrop of the relevance of global values, global knowledge, and global governance, however, the study also points out potentials and discusses higher education policy measures that could advance the internationalization of German communication studies.
You can find the paper here (only available in German).
With the position paper, the network members explain the deficits and approaches to solutions in German communication science (also published in Publizistik 3/2020). You can find the paper here (only available in German).