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Dr. Max Hänska

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Division Communication Theory and Media Effects

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Associate Fellow

Max Hänska’s work focuses on social media and the coordination of collective action with a special emphasis on the Arab Uprisings, and the possibility of social media facilitating a bottom-up European Public Sphere. A further research focus centres on normative questions in the communications field, about which he is currently finalising a monograph provisionally entitled “Technologies against Domination: A guide to communications and what we owe each other” which is due to be published by Routledge in the Routledge Studies in Media, Communication, and Politics series. He holds a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics, and work as a software product manager in Berlin.

Selected publications

  • Hänska, M., & Bauchowitz, S. (2019). Can social media facilitate a European public sphere? Transnational communication and the Europeanization of Twitter during the Eurozone crisis. Social Media + Society, 5(3), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119854686

  • Hänska, M. (2019). Normative Analysis in the Communications Field: Why We Should Distinguish Communicative Means and Ends of Justice. Journal of Information Policy, 9, 14–36. https://doi.org/10.5325/jinfopoli.9.2019.0014

  • Hänska, M., & Bauchowitz, S. (2018). #ThisIsACoup: The Emergence of an Anti-Austerity Hashtag across Europe's Twittersphere. In L. Basu, S. Schifferes & S. Knowles (eds.), The Media and Austerity: Comparative Perspectives (p. 248–61). Routledge.

  • Hänska, M. (2016). Networked communication and the Arab Spring: Linking broadcast and social media. New Media & Society, 18(1), 99–116. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444814538634

  • Hänska, M., & Shapour, R. (2013). Who's Reporting the Protests? Converging practices of citizen journalists and two BBC World Service newsrooms, rom Iran's election protests to the Arab uprisings. Journalism Studies, 14(1), 29–45. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2012.657908