Digitalisation and the transnational public sphere (Research group 15)

Research Group 15: Matthias Hoffmann, Katharina Bauer, Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch, Dr. Annett Heft, Dr. Curd Knüpfer, Susanne Reinhardt, Vadim Voskresenskii, Annika Schütz (left to right, missing: Carolin Stock)

Research Group 15: Matthias Hoffmann, Katharina Bauer, Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch, Dr. Annett Heft, Dr. Curd Knüpfer, Susanne Reinhardt, Vadim Voskresenskii, Annika Schütz (left to right, missing: Carolin Stock)

Our research group seeks to investigate the impact of digital technologies and media in the formation of transnational and national political public spheres, networks within civil society, and processes of political mobilization. We are guided by the questions of how these factors affect political dynamics and processes in various national settings and what new forms of political interaction may emerge as a result. The research group therefore takes on a comparative perspective across countries, while focusing on the transnational dynamics and phenomena pertaining to the public sphere. To enable us to do so, one key aspect of our research is the development of digital methods of computational communication science in order to gauge and understand these emerging dynamics.

Our research focusses on three main research areas:

  1. digital political news systems
  2. digital (counter)publics
  3. the dynamics of politicization

Within these areas, we analyze the characteristics of digital communication platforms, relationships between traditional mass media and social media in hybrid media systems, as well as the national and transnational dynamics of political information flows.

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