The IfK Building

Welcome to the Department of Communication (IfK)

The Department of Communication (IfK) – hosted at the University of Münster – is one of the oldest institutes of communication science in Germany. The IfK engages in high quality research in communication and offers curricula leading to the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

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"The century of journalism" – New DFG project by PD Dr. Thomas Birkner

Journalism is currently experiencing numerous transformations. The new DFG Project "The century of journalism – the history of journalism in Germany from WW I to Digitalization" explores general developments in media and society in order to gain a deeper understanding of journalisms current challenges.

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Workshop: Tracing Twitter with Daniela Stoltenberg and Daniel Maier

On Thursday, June 27, Daniela Stoltenberg and Daniel Maier will give a short workshop on how to collect, process, and analyze communication networks from the social media platform Twitter. As more and more public discourse moves online and onto social networking sites in particular, the capability of analyzing such networks is rapidly gaining importance in the social sciences.

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Public Lectures on research ethics in times of replication crises and Open Science

On Monday, June 24, the Research Training Group “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World” organizes three public lecturse (of which one will be held in English) adressing current questions concerning research ethics. Subject of discussion will be the tension between good scientific practise, the quesion of reproducibility of scientific findings, and the role of ethics in times of increasingly pubic science.

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IfK Celebrates its 100th Birthday

Flowers, golden balloons and musical accompaniment by the jBM Saxophone Quartet – it felt just like a real birthday. In this manner, the ceremony on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Department of Communication (IfK) was celebrated on Saturday, May 11th, at the Münster City Castle. Framed by a get-together and a poster exhibition showcasing the department’s history and – of course – a party, about 300 current and past IfK-members, as well as numerous guests jointly remembered the department’s evolution from its beginnings to its current state.