Main entrance of the Department of Communication


The Department of Communication (IfK) is one of leading institutes in research and teaching in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the latest university rankings, drawn up by the Centre for Higher Education Development (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung), Communication Science of the University of Münster achieved top marks in all the categories assessed.

Still Images – Moving People? How visual images trigger the willingness to participate in politial protest

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Cooperation project of PD. Dr. Stephanie Geise (WWU Münster) in association with political scientists Prof. Diana Panke (University of Freiburg) and Dr. Axel Heck (University of Kiel) .Since October 2017, the Friede-Springer-Foundation has sponsored the research project «Still Images – Moving People», situation at the WWU. The inter-disciplinarian project-team will now commence with a pre-study. Lead by PD Dr. Stephanie Geise and in cooperation with two colleagues from political sciences, Prof. Dr. Diana Panke (University of Freiburg) and Dr. Axel Heck (University of Kiel) the project team will examine the (inter-)relationship between perception, typification and processing of positively and negatively framed media images of selective protest movement and their protest-issues with regards to the political participation willingness of citizens.

IfK Graduation Ceremony in Schloss Münster (City Palace)

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On February 2 nd, 2018, the Münster Department of Communication (IfK) celebrated 72 graduations. One doctorate, 10 master graduates and 67 bachelor graduates have been congratulated by Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, managing director of the Department of Communication.

Public talk of Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik on „Youth Political Expression in the Context of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election“

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On January 30, 2018, Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik will be guest speaker in the seminar „Media Hypes“ of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Annie Waldherr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik is Assistant Professor for Communication and Journalism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her research focuses on civic and political engagement in the context of the changing media environment, particularly among young people. In her talk she will present current findings of a study on „Youth Political Expression in the Context of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election“, where she analyzes how young people creatively expressed themselves online and discussed with their peers about the last U.S. presidential election results.

DFG Funds New Research Project “Translocal Networks: Public Sphere in the Social Web” at the Department of Communication

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A new research project, led by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Annie Waldherr (University of Münster) and Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch (FU Berlin), is investigating digital urban public spheres. Starting in January 2018, the four-year project at the Department of Communication will focus on the Twitterspheres of Berlin and Jerusalem. The research will be conducted in cooperation with Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and received roughly 500,000 Euros in funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG).