Media, Politics & Democracy


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The research group “Media, Politics & Democracy” is concerned with the relationship between media, politics and the public in a democratic system which is depending heavily on the media for legitimizing power through control and criticism, providing a forum for the competition of ideas and interests, and enabling social inclusion, civic participation and responsible action of the citizens.

In pursuing this goal, research projects aim at examining

  • how the media system is structured, and how the various media operate in the public interest,
  • how media shape election campaigns and political participation as both central to democratic life,
  • and how they act with regard to major challenges today’s society is confronted with (such as reducing social exclusion, understanding health determinants, fostering media competence, and engaging with science).

Special emphasis is put on the development of theoretical approaches and innovative methodological models as well as on the application of multivariate procedures in order to meet the analytic challenges of complex and accelerated communication processes.

Group Members


Maren B. M. Beaufort

Marlene Gsenger

Gabriele Melischek

Andreas Riedl

Josef Seethaler (Group Leader)

Liriam Sponholz

RESEARCH AREAS


Lectures

Lectures

  • 03/11/2015 , Wien
    Gabriele Melischek: 
    Der Wandel des Journalismus in der Habsburgermonarchie. Von der Lokalzeitung zur Massenpresse
    Workshop im Rahmen vom VI Biennalen Treffen der LeiterInnen und wissenschftlichen BetreuerInnen von Österreich-Bibliotheken im Ausland. Mediale Selbstreferenzen. Das Netzwerk der Presse in der Habsburgermonarchie und ihren Nachfolgestaaten

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

  • Sponholz, L. (2018). Hate Speech in den Massenmedien: Theoretische Grundlagen und empirische Umsetzung [Hate Speech in Mass Media: Theoretical Base and Empirical Realization]. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Beaufort, M. (2018). Digital media, political polarization and challenges to democracy. Information, Communication & Society, 21, 915-920. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2018.1451909
  • Sponholz, L. (2015). Religion als medialer Konfliktstoff: Der Islam in den Polemiken von Thilo Sarrazin und Oriana Fallaci [Religion as a conflict source: Islam in the controversies surrounding Thilo Sarrazin and Oriana Fallaci]. In C. Bultmann & Linkenbach, A. (Eds.), Religionen übersetzen: Klischees und Vorurteile im Religionsdiskurs (pp. 117-138). Münster: Aschendorff.

Research Papers

Research Papers

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Beaufort, M. (2018). Was der Rundfunk für die Demokratie machen muss [What Broadcasting has to do for Democracy]. Der Standard (Blog). Retrieved from https://derstandard.at/2000086601455/Was-der-Rundfunk-fuer-die-Demokratie-machen-muss
  • Sponholz, L. (2015). Para entender a islamofobia alemã [Understanding the German islamophobia]. Observatório Da Imprensa, 834. Retrieved from http://observatoriodaimprensa.com.br/caderno-da-cidadania/_ed834_para_entender_a_islamofobia_alema/

Popular Talks

Popular Talks