About CMC

The Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Alpen-Adria-University was founded on 1 January 2013. It succeeds the Commission for Comparative Media and Communication Studies which was founded on 1 February 1994 and was originally named Commission for Mass Communication History (based on a 1991 founded study group at the Austrian Biographical Encyclopedia). The commission was renamed on 14 October 2005.

Mission Statement


Media and communication research is one of the key disciplines of the modern media and information society. On the one hand, with the increasing dynamism and complexity of the political and social environment, the opportunity for individual primary experience is diminishing, as a result of which the importance of mediated experience is increasing. On the other hand, the growing diversity of media and new communication technologies are leading to new ways of dealing with content channelled through the media. In consequence, not only the conditions of media production, but also the processes of public opinion formation as one of the fundamental pillars of a democratic community are changing.


CMC investigates the connection between media change and the changing forms of political communication and public opinion formation, and the accompanying consequences for action and responsibility on the macro-, meso- and micro-level.


Investigation of the communication performance of the media, of their structural pre-conditions and their societal consequences calls for an approach that is comparative in many respects. CMC therefore employs a combination of longitudinal and cross-sectional analysis from an international and cross-media perspective.

Research at CMC is independent, methodologically innovative, interdisciplinary, internationally collaborative, and politically relevant.

As an institute supported by both the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt, CMC, in keeping with Humboldtian ideals, is particularly concerned to bring research findings directly into education and into public and political discourse, and to give encouragement to the younger generation of scientists and academics.



Matthias Karmasin

Herbert Matis

Matthias Karmasin (Director)

Josef Seethaler (Deputy Director )

Uwe Hasebrink

Herbert Matis

Walter Berka

Susanne Fengler

Gabriele Siegert

Jürgen Wilke

Verena Winiwarter

Project Management

Ingrid Serini

Lukas M. Vosicky (OeAW, BMEIA)


Media Accountability and Media Governance
Media and Democracy

Tobias Eberwein (Group Leader / OeAW)

Mouhamad Alhassan (OeAW)

Corinna Gerard-Wenzel (AAU)

Matthias Karmasin (AAU, OeAW)

Katja Kaufmann (AAU)

Renée Lugschitz (OeAW/OeNB)

Christian Oggolder (AAU) (Parental Leave)

Florian Saurwein (AAU)

Nadja Christin Vogl (AAU)

Josef Seethaler (Group Leader / OeAW)

Maren Beaufort (OeAW)

Valentina Dopona (OeAW)

Marie-Isabell Lohmann (OeAW, FWF)

Gabriele Melischek (OeAW, Consultant)

Liriam Sponholz (OeAW)



Alhassan, Mouhamad
Research Project Intern
(OeAW Refugee Initiative)
(+43) 1 51581–3112 mouhamad.alhassan@oeaw.ac.at
Beaufort, Maren
Junior Scientist (OeAW)
(+43) 1 51581–3113 maren.beaufort@oeaw.ac.at
Dopona, Valentina
Master Student (OeAW)
(+43) 1 51581–3125 valentina.dopona@oeaw.ac.at
Eberwein, Tobias
Senior Scientist and
Research Group Leader (OeAW)
(+43) 1 51581–3117 tobias.eberwein@oeaw.ac.at
Gerard-Wenzel, Corinna
Senior Scientist (AAU)
(+43) 1 51581–3118 corinna.wenzel@oeaw.ac.at
Karmasin, Matthias
(+43) 1 51581-3113 matthias.karmasin@uni-klu.ac.at
Kaufmann, Katja
Senior Scientist (AAU)
(+43) 1 51581-3112 katja.kaufmann@oeaw.ac.at
Lohmann, Marie-Isabell
Junior Scientist (OeAW, FWF)
(+43) 1 51581-3121 marie-isabell.lohmann@oeaw.ac.at
Lugschitz, Renée
Junior Scientist (OeAW/OeNB)
(+43) 1 51581-3110 renee.lugschitz-kaltenbrunner@oeaw.ac.at
Melischek, Gabriele
Consultant (OeAW)
(+43) 1 51581–3114 gabriele.melischek@oeaw.ac.at
Oggolder, Christian (Parental Leave)
Senior Scientist (AAU)
(+43) 1 51581–3118 christian.oggolder@oeaw.ac.at
Saurwein, Florian
Senior Scientist (AAU)
(+43) 1 51581–3119 florian.saurwein@oeaw.ac.at
Seethaler, Josef
Deputy Director
and Research Group Leader (OeAW)
(+43) 1 51581–3116 josef.seethaler@oeaw.ac.at
Serini, Ingrid
Secretary and Library Administration
(+43) 1 51581–3113 ingrid.serini@oeaw.ac.at
Sponholz, Liriam
Senior Post-Doc (OeAW)
(+43) 1 51581–3115 liriam.sponholz@oeaw.ac.at
Vogl, Nadja Christin
Research Assistant (AAU)
(+43) 463 2700-1835 NadjaChristin.Vogl@aau.at
Vosicky, Lukas Marcel
Scientist (OeAW, BMEIA)
(+43) 1 51581–3124 lukas.vosicky@oeaw.ac.at

Former Staff Members

Viktoria Ritsch
Romy Wöhlert
Corinna Wenzel
Wolfgang Dick
Rosmarie Hergouth
Klaus Bichler
Jens Tenscher
Melanie Magin
Birgit Stark
Oliver Gruber
Andreas Birner
Katja Skodacsek
Wolfgang Mueller
Isabella Matauschek
Ernestine Bennersdorfer
Ulrike Harmat
Christian Balluch

ERASMUS Trainees

Konrad Antoni Biernat (September 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013)
Nóra Staub (September 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013)