Our new event series Leibniz Media Lunch Talks
brings media research to the lunch table. Researchers from our institute or guests from outside present their projects in a relaxed atmosphere.
You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
Our guest researcher Anna Boch
from Stanford University will be the first speaker. On 1 August 2019, she will present partial results of her dissertation project, which examines the attitudes of US Americans to freedom of expression within the university environment. In contrast to previous studies on the subject, Anna Boch's research concluded that Republicans are somewhat more tolerant of controversial speakers on college campuses. The presentation will be held in English.
(12:00 to 1:15 p.m. in the 3rd floor of the institute)
One week later, Dr. Anna Sophie Kümpel
, research assistant at the LMU Munich, will visit us on 7 August 2019 to give a lecture on "Glücklicher Zufall? Zum Potenzial des beiläufigen Kontakts mit Nachrichten auf sozialen Netzwerkseiten [Happy Chance? Keep to Coincidence of Casual Contact with Messages on "Social Networking Sites"]. On social network sites, users do not specifically search for news but rather "casually" come across it. This casual news contact is often conceived as a 'happy coincidence' and seen as an opportunity to motivate even uninterested users to engage with publicly relevant topics. In the course of the lecture, this optimistic assumption will be questioned and current research findings will be used to show that contact with news on SNS as well as further examination of "accidentally" discovered news reproduces or even intensifies existing inequalities.
(1:00 to 2:00 p.m.)