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November 2021

Power, Purpose and Political Communication

For the next Leibniz Media Lunch Talk we welcome Dr. Jan-Henrik Petermann, news journalist at Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa). In his talk, he will report on his current habilitation project on the "Impact of Digital Media on Global Risk Perception and the Strategic Use of Networked Information in International Relations“.

PD Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt introduces the event. The lecture will be held in German.


12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


The event will take place online via Zoom. After the registration you will receive the dial-in data by mail shortly before the event starts.

About the Talk

Over the past decade, scholars and practitioners alike have witnessed a number of profound shifts in global political communication. Both national governments and international institutions as well as journalists specializing in foreign affairs reporting have increasingly been making use of digital
networks as a means to set news agendas. Familiar though these developments may seem to be, academic analyses still have to catch up with this empirical trend – particularly in terms of leaders’ motivations underlying interactive crisis communication in inter-state relations. If we accept the assumption that practices like everyday Twitter usage by a US president, virtual rallies by the climate movement or video streams by conspiracists during the COVID-19 pandemic constitute a novel kind of political communication: How do strategies translate into speech acts? To which effect? And is our optimistic notion of medialized communication strengthening democracy still warranted unconditionally today?

About the Speaker

Dr. Jan-Henrik Petermann is economic correspondent at Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa). Previously, he worked as chief of staff at Spiegel Online in Hamburg and as an editor at dpa's central business department in Berlin, where he headed the automotive and energy sector teams. He wrote on topics of international politics at representative offices in Brussels and Geneva. He holds a doctorate in economics and social sciences and studied political science, economics and journalism in Hamburg as well as international relations at the London School of Economics; internships took him to the Federal Foreign Office, among other places. After guest lectureships and co-lectureships in journalism, he is working as an external post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hildesheim on a project that develops joint perspectives from foreign policy analysis and communication research on the special conditions and constraints of strategic communication in global crisis situations.

Leibniz Media Lunch Talks 

At the Leibniz Media Lunch Talk, researchers present current topics, preliminary findings from their research projects or doctoral theses in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Infos zur Veranstaltung


via Zoom

Contact person

Dr. Wiebke Schoon
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Dr. Wiebke Schoon

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
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20148 Hamburg
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