Andreas Hepp is Professor of Media and Communication Studies with the Special Areas Media Culture and Communication Theory at the ZeMKI (Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research), Universität Bremen, Germany.
He graduated in 1995 from University of Trier with an MA-degree in German Studies and Political Science, focusing on media communication. In 1997, he finished there his doctoral thesis on the everyday appropriation of television. Beside the University of Trier Andreas Hepp taught and researched at the universities of Karlsruhe (TH), Ilmenau (TU), Münster and since 2004 the University of Bremen. He was visiting researcher and visiting scholar at the Nottingham Trent University and the University of Sunderland, UK. In 2012 he was visiting fellow at the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2015 visting senior fellow at the at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Andreas Hepp is involved the research network “Communicative Figurations” (as “Creative Unit” at the University Bremen funded by the German “excellence initiative” 2013 – 2016). He was co-applicant and PI of the DFG Priority Research Programme 1505 “Mediatized Worlds” (2012 – 2016) and member of the DFG funded Collaborative Research Centre 597 “Transformations of the State”, which ended in 2014. His main research areas are media and communication theory, media sociology, mediatization research, datafication of social practices, transnational and transcultural communication, and cross-media research.
The full CV can be downloaded here.
03/2015 – 03/2016: Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science
since 2013: Co-Initiator of and researcher in the Network “Communicative Figurations” at the Universities of Bremen and Hamburg
3 – 8/2012: Visiting fellow at the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
since 2010: Full Professor (W3) of Media and Communication Studies with the Special Areas Media Culture and Communication Theory, ZeMKI, University of Bremen
2009 – 2016: Member of the DFG Priority Research Programme “Mediatized Worlds” (joint initiator, principal investigator)
1/2008: Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland
since 2005: Founding Head of the ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Research, University of Bremen (formerly IMKI)
2005 – 2010: Full professor (W2) of Communication Studies, University of Bremen
2004 – 2005: Associate Professor (W1) in Digital Media Culture, University of Bremen
3/2003: Visiting researcher at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland
2003 – 2004: Deputy Professor for Communication Studies with the Special Areas Media Sociology and Media Psychology, University of Münster
2001 – 2004: Assistant Professor, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Ilmenau Technical University
3/2001: Research Fellow, Nottingham Trent University
1999 – 2001: Research associate, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Ilmenau Technical University
1999: Research associate at the Interfaculty Institute for Cultural Studies, University of Karlsruhe (TH)
1997 – 1999: Postdoctorial researcher and visiting lecturer at the University of Trier
1995 – 1997: Research associate within the DFG funded project “Talking about television. The communicative appropriation of television“ at the University of Trier
Communicative Figurations - Transforming Communications in Times of Deep Mediatization
The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Nick Couldry, Polity 2017)
The Communicative Construction of Europe. Cultures of Political Discourse, Public Sphere and the Euro Crisis (with Monika Elsler, Swantje Lingenberg, Anne Mollen, Johanna Möller, Anke Offerhaus, Palgrave Macmillan 2015)
Transcultural Communication (Wiley-Blackwell 2015)
Mediatized Worlds. Culture and Society in a Media Age (edited with Friedrich Krotz, Palgrave Macmillan 2014)
Cultures of Mediatization (Polity Press 2013)
Media Events in a Global Age (Routledge 2010, edited with N. Couldry and F. Krotz)
Connectivity, Networks and Flows: Conceptualizing Contemporary Communications (edited with F. Krotz, S. Moores and C. Winter, Hampton Press 2008)
Medyatikleşen Kültürler (Dipnot 2015)
Handbuch Cultural Studies und Medienanalyse (hrsg. mit Friedrich Krotz, Swantje Lingenberg und Jeffrey Wimmer, VS Verlag 2015)
Mediatisierte Welten der Vergemeinschaftung. Kommunikative Vernetzung und das Gemeinschaftsleben junger Menschen (mit Matthias Berg und Cindy Roitsch, VS Verlag 2014)
Transkulturelle Kommunikation (UTB/UVK 2014, 2. Auflage)
Medienkultur. Die Kultur mediatisierter Welten (VS Verlag 2013, 2. Auflage)
Politische Diskurskulturen in Europa. Die Mehrfachsegmentierung europäischer Öffentlichkeit (VS Verlag 2012, mit M. Brüggemann, K. Kleinen-von Königslöw, S. Lingenberg und J. Möller)
Mediale Migranten. Mediatisierung und die kommunikative Vernetzung der Diaspora (VS Verlag 2011, mit C. Bozdag und L. Suna)
Medien - Event - Religion. Die Mediatisierung des Religiösen (mit V. Krönert, VS Verlag 2009)
Megaparty Glaubensfest. Weltjugendtag: Erlebnis, Medien, Organisation. (Forschungskonsortium Weltjugendtag, VS Verlag 2007)
Netzwerke der Medien. Medienkulturen und Globalisierung (VS Verlag 2004)
Fernsehaneignung und Alltagsgespräche. Fernsehnutzung aus der Perspektive der Cultural Studies (Westdeutscher Verlag 1998)
Transforming Communications –
Studies in Cross-Media Research
The book series ‘Transforming Communications’ is dedicated to cross-media communication research. It aims to support all kinds of research that are interested in processes of communication taking place across different kinds of media and that subsequently make media’s transformative potential accessible. With this profile, the series addresses a wide range of different areas of study: media production, representation and appropriation as well as media technologies and their use, all from a current as well as a a historical perspective.
Uwe Hasebrink, Hans-Bredow-Institute/University of Hamburg
Andreas Hepp, ZeMKI, University of Bremen
Selected articles and recent manuscripts
- A. Hepp (2016): Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft in datengetriebenen Zeiten. In: Publizistik, 61, pp. 225-246. [Zeitschriftenpreis 2017 der DGPuK]
- A. Hepp (2016): Pioneer communities: Collective actors of deep mediatisation. In: Media, Culture & Society, 38 (6), pp. 918-933.
- A. Hepp, S. Hjarvard, K. Lundby (2015): Mediatization: Theorizing the Interplay between Media, Culture and Society. In: Media, Culture & Society, 37 (2), online first.
- A. Hepp, P. Lunt, M. Hartmann (2015): Communicative figurations of the good life: Ambivalences surrounding the mediatization of homelessness and the transnational family. In: Wang, Hua (ed.): Communication and „The Good Life.“. Berlin, New York: Peter Lang, 181-196.
- A. Hepp (2014): Communicative figurations. Researching cultures of mediatization. In: Kramp, L. et al. (ed.): Media practice and everyday agency in Europe. Bremen: Edition Lumiere, pp. 83-99.
- A. Hepp, Andreas (2014): As configurações comunicativas de mundos midiatizados: pesquisa da midiatização na era da “mediação de tudo”. In: MATRIZes, 8 (1), pp. 45-64.
- A. Hepp (2014): Mediatisierung | Medialisierung. Schröter, Jens (2014): Handbuch Medienwissenschaft. Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler Verlag, S.191-196.
- A. Hepp, U. Hasebrink (2014): Human interaction and communicative figurations: The transformation of mediatized cultures and societies. In: Lundby, K. (ed.): Mediatization of communication. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, pp. 249-272.
- A. Hepp, F. Krotz (2014): Mediatized worlds: Understanding everyday mediatization. In: A. Hepp, F. Krotz (eds.): Mediatized worlds: Culture and society in a media age. London: Palgrave, pp. 1-15.
- A. Offerhaus, A. Mollen, A. Hepp (2014): “Europe is already all around, but no one notices”– the Europeanization of public spheres in regional newspaper reporting. In: Transstate Working Papers 183.
- N. Couldry, A. Hepp (2013): Conceptualising mediatization: Contexts, traditions, arguments. In: Communication Theory, 23 (3), pp. 191-202. doi: 10.1111/comt.12019
- A. Hepp (2013): The communicative figurations of mediatized worlds: Mediatization research in times of the ‘mediation of everything’. In: European Journal of Communication, 28 (6), pp. 615-629, doi:10.1177/
- A. Hepp (2012): Mediatization and the ‘molding force’ of the media. In: Communications, 37 (1), pp. 1-28. doi:10.1515/commun-2012-
- A. Hepp, M. Berg, C. Roitsch (2011): Monothematische und multi-thematische mediatisierte Vergemeinschaftungshorizonte: Grundmuster kommunikativer Vernetzung und medienvermittelter Vergemeinschaftung. In: Studies in Communication and Media, 1 (2), S. 295-332.
- A. Hepp, C. Bozdag, L. Suna (2010): Herkunfts-, Ethno- und Weltorientierte: Aneignungstypen der kulturellen Identität und kommunikativen Vernetzung in der Diaspora. In: Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft 58 (3), S. 320-342.
- A. Hepp (2010): Researching ‘mediatized worlds’: Non-media-centric media and communication research as a challenge. In: N. Carpentier, I. T. Trivundza, P. Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, B. Cammaerts, R. Kilborn, H. Nieminen, T. Olsson und E. Sundin (Hrsg.): Media and Communication Studies Intersections and Interventions. Tartu: University of Tartu Press, pp. 37-48.
- A. Hepp (2009): Differentiation: Mediatization and cultural change. In: Lundby, K. (ed.): Mediatization: Concept, changes, consequences. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 135-154.
- A. Hepp (2009) [englisch version]: Transculturality as a Perspective: Researching Media Cultures Comparatively. In: FQS Volume 10, No. 1, Art. 26 – January 2009.
- A. Hepp & H. Wessler (2009): Politische Diskurskulturen: Überlegungen zur empirischen Erklärung segmentierter europäischer Öffentlichkeit. In: Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, 57 (2), S. 174-197.
- A. Hepp, F. Krotz (2008): Media Events, Globalization and Cultural Change: An Introduction to the Special Issue. In: Communications, 33 (3), pp. 265-273. http://dx.doi.org/10.
- A. Hepp (2005): Kommunikative Aneignung. In: Mikos, Lothar/Wegener, Claudia (Hrsg.): Qualitative Medienforschung. Ein Handbuch. Konstanz: UVK (UTB), S. 67-79.
- A. Hepp (1998): Fernsehaneignung und Alltagsgespräche. Fernsehnutzung aus der Perspektive der Cultural Studies. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag.
Communicative Figurations (Research Network, Universities of Bremen an Hamburg, funded as Creative Unit 2013-2016 within the excellence initiative)
We experience every day that the transformation of culture and society is related to the change of media communication: Being constantly available by mobile phone, we live differently; relationships are organized in new ways through our use of the internet, and entire social fields are changing as, for instance, education is being conveyed or religion negotiated through media. Recent research has shown that it is not simply the impact of individual media contents which changes the world. Mediatization research demonstrates that the growing establishment of technical communication media as a whole and the resulting change of the “manufacture” of our reality are core moments of this transformation. In a serious approach, the challenges of media change can only be grasped if its transmedial interrelations – its “communicative figurations” – are examined. Referring to these fundamental reflections, this overall project has three aims. First, it is planned to take stock of existing theories of media and communication change. Second, based on this it is planned to develop the framing concept of communication figurations further. Third, a long-term study on the relations between communicative figurations and media environment is to be outlined. In addition various explorative studies on diffrent communicative figurations are undertaken, beside others the communicative figurations of the globalised city. Further information can be found on the project homepage.
The Communicative Construction of Communitization within Mediatized Worlds (DFG Priority Research Program „Mediatized Worlds“)
Today’s mediatized worlds offer various opportunities to experience media and corresponding communitization. While some years ago the appropriation of digital media has been primarily associated with younger people, profile-based online platforms, microblogging services or instant messaging subscription services are nowadays increasingly important also for the elderly, grown up with traditional mass media like radio, cinema, newspapers and TV. After analyzing the mediatized horizons of communitization of younger (16-30 years) and elderly people (retirees above 60 years) in the previous funding periods, the project focus is now extended to the middle agers. Middle agers could be described as people between 31 and 59 years, who are typically confronted with digital media during specific phases of their life course, including a professional career or re-orientation, marriage, partner change or the birth as well as the leave of the children. First, the study will therefore analyze the everyday communicative networking practices of middle-aged people, regarding how their mediatized horizons of communitization are changing related to the appropriation of (digital) media. Second, and similar to our research on younger and elderly people’s horizons of communitization, the study will examine the challenges, middle agers are facing in the context of their mediatized communitization, e.g. their communicative demarcation, their communicative mobility and their communicative participation. Finally, the project aims at reconstructing and comparing different media generations and describing media based changes concerning communitzation processes of younger, middle aged and elderly people in mediatized worlds. Methodologically, the study refers to innovative methods of media ethnography and qualitative communication network research. Data include (episodic-narrative) interviews, open network maps, media diaries and different types of material documentation. Further information can be found on the project homepage.
Tinder the city – Software-based scenarios against the crisis of publics in cities and surrounding areas
The economic crisis of regional newspapers continues as local news apps have yet failed to establish themselves. Against this background, researchers and developers at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) and the Institute for Information Management at the University of Bremen and the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research in Hamburg want to explore new experimental approaches: In „co-creation“, i. e. together with potential users, they will develop an innovative mobile news and information app for young people for the city and its surrounding area. The project combines empirical communication and media research with co-creative software development. Both are intended to counteract an emerging loss of relevance of the city and region with the experimental app. The crisis of the mediatized public in the city and its surrounding area is illustrated by a mobile lifestyle, social relationships that are vastly independent of location and the very different ways in which media are used in the digital era. The traditional regional and local news media have not been able to deal with this adequately yet and are losing more and more of their relevance in the public sphere. Above all, they do not reach many (young) people any more. The experimental app is to be developed for the state of Bremen and two neighbouring rural districts (Diepholz and Osterholz). In the next two years, empirical research will focus on urban publics and, based on the findings, an online-based mobile app will be developed as an experimental prototype, independent of traditional news providers. The app is aimed primarily at young people (16 to 36 years of age). It should be as intuitive to use as the dating app „Tinder“, i. e. present news content for „reading“ or „wiping away“ and be „self-learning“ with regard to the interests of the users. In developing the app, it is intended to work closely with the news media and digital economy in the metropolitan region of Bremen, the city and municipal administrations, district advisory councils as well as political parties and associations active in the city and its environs, as well as with other local collectives such as sports clubs, (neighborhood) initiatives, art associations/initiatives, social movements with a local relevance or religious communities. This co-creation approach involves empirical findings and insights as well as expectations and wishes of future users in the entire software development process from the very beginning. More information on the project can be accessed here.
PIONEER COMMUNITIES: The Quantified Self and Maker Movement as Collective Actors of Deep Mediatization