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Location: IBZ – Internationales Begegnungszentrum, Michaelisstraße 38, 99084 Erfurt

Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2024

Organizers: DFG network “Cosmopolitan Communication Studies” and Division “International and Intercultural Communication” of the DGPuK

The pre-conference consists of two roundtables:

The first panel features a roundtable of scholars who have been socialized both in a “foreign” and the German communication studies community and thus can refer to both “worlds” in terms of a deficit analysis, but also regarding best practices for a “deep” internationalization in communication studies. The roundtable is meant to share their (subjective) experiences and ideas of what could be improved and what should be continued regarding a cosmopolitanization of study programs, university structures, and research foci in German communication studies institutes.


  • Hanan Badr (University of Salzburg) – expertise on Egypt and Arab 
  • Subekti Priyadharma (Universitas Padjadjaran) – expertise on Indonesia
  • Anna Litvinenko (Freie Universität Berlin) – expertise on Russia and Eastern Europe

The second roundtable engages in an in-depth dialogue about various international perspectives on discourses and improvements concerning cosmopolitan academic structures and cultures with scholars deeply entrenched in different communication studies communities in the world. The aim is to learn about the status quo of internationalization in these academic communities, about their discourses, and about potential possibilities for improvement. A comparative perspective can help to identify common challenges and opportunities. As internationalization requires being in touch with the world, the panel also attempts to fulfill this claim at the level of academic self-reflection.


  • Herman Wasserman (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) on South Africa/ Subsaharan Africa
  • Afonso de Albuquerque (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro) on Latin America/Brazil
  • Marwan Kraidy (Northwestern University Qatar) on the Arab world