Jean Monnet Ringvorlesung: Crises, Democracy and the Media in Europe

The Jean-Monnet-Ringvorlesung Course addresses acute questions regarding the process and challenges to European integration through the lenses of media and communication governance and in particular against the background of crisis. In this context, ‘crisis’ refers to a ‘break from the norm’ a ‘state of emergency’ and the deployment of ‘emergency' i.e. exceptional 'measures'.The course explores various dimensions of ‘crisis’, including, but not limited to, the protracted financial crisis in the past ten years. Other forms of crises include institutional and political crisis and a crisis of legitimacy, questions of regulatory crisis, as well as the crisis of trust in the polity and the media.

The Lecture Series covered the following topics:

Katharine Sarikakis:
Introduction to the course

The place of communication in European integration: A need for Europe?

Sarikakis, K., & Wessels, B. (2018): The dynamics of social media, political culture, and communication governance in civic participation. In Tobias Eberwein, Gabriele Melischek, Josef Seethaler & Corinna Wenzel (eds.): Changing media – changing democracy? The democratic potential of social media. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, pp. 219-235

Sarikakis, K., Koukou, A., & Winter, L. (2018). "Banal" Europeanized national public spheres? Framing the Eurozone crisis in the European elite press. International Journal of Communication, 12, 3454–3472. 

 Heinz Gärtner: 
Small European States and Neutrality 
Gärtner, H. (Ed.) (2017). Engaged Neutrality: An Evolved Approach to the Cold War. Lexington Books.
Gärtner, H. (2017). Austria: Engaged Neutrality. In A. Cottey (Ed.), The European Neutrals and NATO: Non-alignment, Partnership, Membership?. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Homero Gil de Zúñiga: 
Democracy Crisis in Europe and Beyond: Social Media and The Effects of the “News Finds me” Perception 
Gil de Zúñiga, H., Weeks, B., & Ardèvol-Abreu, A. (2017). Effects of the news-finds-me perception in communication: Social media use implications for news seeking and learning about politics. Journal of computer-mediated communication22(3), 105-123.
Gil de Zúñiga, H., & Diehl, T. (2019). News finds me perception and democracy: Effects on political knowledge, political interest, and voting. New media & society21(6), 1253-1271.
Prem Kumar Rajaram 
Border Crisis?: Governing Human Mobility in Europe and Beyond
Khosravi, S. (2007). The ‘illegal’traveller: an auto‐ethnography of borders. Social Anthropology15(3), 321-334.
Rajaram, P. K. (2015). Beyond crisis: Rethinking the population movements at Europe’s border. FocaalBlog, Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology19.
 Sophie Lecheler:
Fear and Loathing in the Newsroom? The Role of Emotions in Safeguarding Quality Journalism
Brader, T. (2005). Striking a responsive chord: How political ads motivate and persuade voters by appealing to emotions. American Journal of Political Science49(2), 388-405.
Beckett, C., & Deuze, M. (2016). On the role of emotion in the future of journalism. Social Media+ Society2(3), 1-6.
 Nikolaus Forgó:
De iure and de facto - How (not) to regulate Information Technology in Europe 
Forgó, N. (2019, April 12). Digitale Ausweispflicht: Das türkis-blaue Wohlverhaltensgesetz. Der Standard. Retrieved from
 Birgit Sauer:
Right-wing populism, Gender and the Web 
Tsagkroni, V., & Lazaridis, G. (2017). Perceptions of gender: the discourse of the far right on the web. In M. Pajnik & B. Sauer (Eds.), Populism and the Web(pp. 146-164). New York, NY: Routledge.
Sauer, B., Kuhar, R., Ajanović, E., & Saarinen, A. (2017). Exclusive intersections: constructions of gender and sexuality. In G. Lazaridis & G. Campani (Eds.), The Rise of the Far Right in Europe: Populist Shifts and ‘Othering’, London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Oliver Rathkolb:
Is European Liberal Democracy in Crisis? A Historical Perspective

 Alexander Wrabetz:
Public Lecture
Demokratie. Öffentlich-rechtliche Medien und ihr Beitrag zu einer Europäischen Öffentlichkeit.
 Peter Bajomi-Lazar:
The Putinisation of the Media System in Hungary?
Bajomi-Lázár, P. (2017). Between neutrality and engagement: Political journalism in Hungary. Central European Journal of Communication10(18), 48-63.
Bajomi-Lázár, P., & Horváth, D. (2013). The continued relevance of the concept of propaganda: Propaganda as ritual in contemporary Hungary. Global Media and Communication9(3), 219-237.
 Matthias Karmasin:
Refinanzierungskrise und Medienmarktversagen als demokratiepolitische Herausforderung
Voci, D., Karmasin, M., Nölleke-Przybylski, P., Altmeppen, K. D., Möller, J., & von Rimscha, M. B. (2019). What is a media company today? Rethinking theoretical and empirical definitions. SCM Studies in Communication and Media8(1), 29-52.
Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Kaufmann, K., Brinkmann, J., Karmasin, M., & Karamasin, M. (2017). Summary: Measuring Media Accountability in Europe. In T. Eberwein, S. Fengler & M. Karmasin (Eds.),  The European Handbook of Media Accountability(pp. 285-300). London, New York: Routledge.