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Dr. Katharina Nötzold

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Managing Editor Global Media Journal – German Edition

Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Otto-von-Simpson-Straße 3
14915 Berlin

I joined the editorial team of Global Media Journal - German Edition as Managing Editor in 2020. From 2012 to 2019, I was Associate Research Fellow at the Arab Media Center of the University of Westminster (UK). Before that, I coordinated the activities of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGMSCS) as Managing Director in 2010 and 2011. From 2007 to 2010, I worked as RCUK-Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Arab Media at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), which is part of the University of Westminster in London. During that time, I was also Editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed and open-access journal Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC). I received my doctorate (Dr. phil.) from the University of Erfurt for having researched the role of Lebanese television stations in the nation-building process after the Lebanese civil war (my supervisors were Prof. Dr. Kai Hafez, University of Erfurt and Prof. Dr. Theodor Hanf, University of Freiburg). I was able to do extensive research in Lebanon from 2002 to 2003, thanks to a research grant from the Orient Institute in Beirut. From 2005 to 2007, I worked at the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in Berlin and took part in OSCE election observation missions in Azerbaijan and Montenegro. I studied political science, social and cultural anthropology and American studies at the University of Leipzig, University of Sussex (UK) and at the Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP) of the Université de Lyon II and, after completing my master's degree, I received a DAAD grant to study Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman.

I am the author of Defining the Nation? Lebanese Television and Political Elites (1990-2005), Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2009 and numerous articles on Arab media and representation of Islam in Western media.

My research interests include ethno-religious conflicts, nation-building, media and political transformation processes, media systems and communication cultures in the Middle East, Islam in the media.


Nötzold, K. (2009). Defining the Nation? Lebanese TV Stations and Political Elites, 1990-2005. Frank & Timme.

Guest Editor:

Nötzold, K., & A. Wollenberg (Eds.) (2022). Modes of Perception and Issues with Trust in Media – Editorial. Global Media Journal – German Edition, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.22032/dbt.55514

Nötzold, K., & B. Brevini (Eds.) (2010). Ambiguities of Censorship – Editorial. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 7(2), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.137

Nötzold, K. (2009). Media Laws and Arab News – Editorial. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 6(1), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.108

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Reports (Selected):

Nötzold, K. (2021). “Deafening silence of theologians” vs. Creative local parishes during the Corona pandemic? A case study of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). Scandinavian Journal of Islamic Studies15(2), 140-168. https://doi.org/10.7146/tifo.v15i2.125962

Nötzold, K. (2015). Syrien: Von Einheitsstaats- zu Bürgerkriegsmedien. In C. Richter & A. El Difraoui (Eds.), Arabische Medien (pp. 203-214). UVK.

Nötzold, K. (2015). The Hariris, Father and Son: The Making and Unmaking of Moguldom? In D. Della Ratta, N. Sakr & J. Skovgaard-Petersen (Eds.), Arab Media Moguls (pp. 63-80). I.B. Tauris.

Nötzold, K. (2010). Der libanesische Hizballah Sender Al-Manar – Zentralorgan des arabischen Schiitentums? In S. Faath (Ed.), Rivalitäten und Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten in Nahost (pp. 111-135). German Council on Foreign Relations.

Nötzold, K., & Pies, J. (2010). ‘Going Local’ as a Strategy to Enter Arab National Television Markets: Examples from Lebanon and Jordan. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication3(1), 43-62.https://doi.org/10.1163/187398609X12584657078402

Nötzold, K. (2009). Media and migration in Germany. In C. Frachon (Ed.), Media and Cultural Diversity in Europe and North America (pp. 88-110). Karthala.

Nötzold, K. (2009). Do the different formats of the Lebanese media constitute a pan-Arab public opinion? In A. Heinemann, O. Lamloum & A.F. Weber (Eds.) The Middle East in the Media: Conflicts, Censorship and Public Opinion (pp. 268-284). Saqi Books.

Nötzold, K. (2009). Media Image and People’s Perception of Religion. In A. Macdonald-Radcliff & R. Schatz (Eds.), C1 Annual Dialogue Report on Religion and Values (pp. 146-171). InnoVatio Publishing.

Nötzold, K. (2008). The Political Elites’ Dominance over the Visual Space: A Qualitative and Quantitative Content Study of Lebanese Television. In K. Hafez (Ed.), Arab Media: Power and Weakness (pp. 125-144). Continuum.

Nötzold, K. (2007). Do Western Media Really Understand the Islamic World? (Technical report for the European Journalism Observatory, Lugano). MAZ – the Swiss School of Journalism https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/91vyq/do-western-media-really-understand-the-islamic-world?