LMU anthropologist Sahana Udupa studies the sociopolitical impact of digital media, with a focus on the dynamics of extreme rhetoric on online platforms. Global collaborations are vital to understanding this global phenomenon.
In liberal-leaning municipalities, there is an increased probability of far-right demonstrations in the wake of unexpectedly strong election results by right-wing populists. This is one of the insights from an investigation based on electoral results of the AfD party in Germany. The study reveals a surprise effect on the part of people who previously believed that their attitudes were less socially acceptable.
The "Bayreuth Games Accelerator" will be funded by the federal government and the Free State of Bavaria to the tune of € 50,000. This is intended to strengthen the great initiative emanating from the media sciences and the start-up culture of the University of Bayreuth, and to establish Bayreuth as a games development centre in Germany.
Whether it’s in youth or internet culture, in the media and entertainment landscape or the political arena – the sentimental is currently experiencing a renaissance. In this context, it is understood as a type of communicative code that can unfold its power in the interrelationship of seemingly private emotional worlds and their public display. In which variety and with which functions the sentimental is used (both consciously and unconsciously) is the subject of the research of a research training group at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).
Reflecting on place and space in the face of global movements, national demarcation and borderless communication is the focus of the new research training group "Practicing Place: Sociocultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations" at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), which has now officially opened with a kick-off event. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony took place in a hybrid format with a limited on-campus audience. The young researchers that come together in the training group, are from India, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Great Britain, the USA, France and Spain, among other countries.
Professor Ralf Hohlfeld, the holder of the Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Passau has, with his students, analysed more than 1800 Telegram and Facebook posts of conspiracy influencers and prominent AfD members about the COVID-19 pandemic. The studies show that the discourse on Telegram is much more radical. However, the term “coronavirus denier” is largely not applicable.
What needs does society have in respect of the regulation of video platforms? Hannah Schmid-Petri, Professor for Science Communication at the University of Passau, and IT law expert, Professor Dirk Heckmann from the TU München (Technical University of Munich), are providing important insights for the European digital strategy in a joint bidt-project.
How are metropolises worldwide developing? And what do their residents say about it? Linguist Carolin Biewer from the University of Würzburg aims to investigate this question together with the German Aerospace Center – and is funded with EUR 900,000.
A research team from the University of Passau is part of the German Committee Future Earth (DKN) working group “Sustainable, transformative and circular bioeconomy”. The agricultural sociologist Professor Martina Padmanabhan and the cultural anthropologist Dr Patrick Keilbart are committed to new possibilities of communicating climate change – for example with the help of art.
Dr. Michaela Kramer, media education specialist at FAU, has investigated the influence smartphone photography and posting images on social media has on shaping young people’s sense of identity. She has drawn up a typology describing the different ways young people can present themselves via photos and what that says about their developing personalities.