Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften




Interdisciplinary Media Workshop for MA and PhD studentsMedia workshop for MA and PhD students Call for Presentations


Area Media Studies, Digital Media Practices and New Research Approaches
(9.-10. Januar 2020)

Konzeption und Organisation: Prof. Nadja-Christina Schneider, Dr. Bettina Gräf (FU Berlin), Juli Singer (LMU München)

Workshop Abstract

Advanced MA and PhD students in Area and Islamic studies are welcome to present their media-related work. With the help of the individual presentations, this workshop sets out to discuss digital media practices - our own and those of others at the focus of our research - as well as cross-media practices and media historical approaches. In the process, we will critically question existing notions and concepts. How, for example, can the interplay between postcolonial approaches, feminist theory, art work, and digital media practices help us to understand the entangled lives people lead and their complex histories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa? What kind of perspectives evolve for our disciplines with the use of new objects of inquiry and related research questions? We will focus on different methodologies for implementing research on digital visual cultures and sound-scapes within area studies.

Please send your abstract (max. 450 words) to Dr. Bettina Gräf ( and Prof. Dr. Nadja-Christina Schneider ( by 15 November 2019.


2019Poster Lecture Merlyna Lim


Internationaler Workshop für Doktorand*innen mit medien- und filmwissenschaftlichen Schwerpunkt

Konzeption und Organisation: Prof. Nadja-Christina Schneider, Dr. Saskia Schäfer (Freigeist Fellow, HU Berlin).

Keynote lecture von Merlyna Lim (Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society): "Legally Brown: Living and Researching Media/Politics in the Critial Spaces"





Internationaler Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen Workshop

Reworking Space, Re-Narrating Belonging:
Transregional Perspectives on Contemporary Media, Gender and Visibility Practices
(08.-09.02.2018, Berlin)

Konzeption und Organisation: Alexa Altmann

Keynote lecture von Prof. Marwan M. Kraidy (Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania ): "Igniting the Caliphate: How ‘Islamic State’ Uses Fire to Articulate Space, Belonging and Gender"

Weitere internationale Teilnehmende:

Salma Siddique (Freie Universität Berlin/HU-Berlin), Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza (University of Illinois), Paridhi Gupta (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Nadja-Christina Schneider (HU-Berlin), Milica Trakilovic (Untrecht University/University of Florence), Simone Pfeifer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), Tarishi Verma (Bowling Green University), Persefoni Myrtsou (HU-Berlin), Anna Antonakis (Freie Universität Berlin), Dhanya Fee Kirchhof (HU-Berlin), Max Arne Kramer (Universität Leipzig), Lillian Boxman-Shabtai (Northwestern University), Julia Giese (Loughborough University)

Workshop Abstract

The workshop explores new modes in the production and negotiation of space and belonging by emerging transregional actors. Performances of space and spatialised identities through diverse intertwined mediated practices inform contested notions of such concepts as belonging, ethnicity or gender. Emerging transregional media networks, for example, challenge national or regionally spatialised divisions, while everyday public protest practices of young women* subvert gendered regimes of mobility and visibility. In other examples, digital media practices reframe and re-narrate place and identities, thus deterritorialising and destabilising a binary gaze on violently disputed areas through audiovisual and artistic creations as divergent as documentary testimonials and parodic music videos. The workshop highlights the concurrent erosion and reconsolidation of spatial demarcations and critically questions its inclusive and exclusive potentials.

The workshop facilitates an active exchange of new theoretical concepts and methodological approaches required in the conceptualisation of the complex and multidimensional performances of spatial appropriation, production and reinterpretation.

The event seeks to promote a dynamic, dialogic and multi-perspective exchange which is mirrored in the transregional and transdisciplinary scope of the programme. It invites PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows to conjointly discuss and shape their projects and encourages sustained networking amongst young academics. The inclusion of emerging research fields in transdisciplinary teaching is of particular interest.

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Offener Workshop für Studierende und Lehrende

Gewaltfreie Kommunikation und konstruktive Kritik

  • Don’t Speak?! Kommunikation, Macht und Ohnmacht (10.-11.12.2016)
  • Don’t tell me ‚cause it hurts?! Kritik, konstruktive Kritik, Feedback und Anerkennung (14.-15.01.2017)

Konzeption und Organisation: Alexa Altmann

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Internationaler Workshop

Media, Technology and Family: Changing Concepts and Practices of Relatedness in India
(14.-15.01.2016, Berlin)

Konzeption und Organisation: Nadja-Christina Schneider

Keynote lecture von Prof. Ravinder Kaur (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi): "Querying the "Iconic" Indian Family in the Age of Media and Technology"

Weitere internationale Teilnehmende:

Sirpa Tenhunen (University of Jyväskylä), Shilpa Phadke (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai), Fritzi-Marie Titzmann (Universität Leipzig), Mary E. John (Center for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi), Ira Sarma (Universität Leipzig), Roberta Mandoki (Universität Heidelberg), Annika Mayer (Universität Heidelberg)

Workshop Abstract

Due to a multitude of social and technological developments over the last four decades or so, the concepts and structures of family as well as the practices of relatedness are currently subject to profound transformation processes. What are, for instance, the repercussions of new assisted reproductive technologies on the structures and concepts of family and gender relations? How do digital media practices interact with the changing notion of family as something which is not a given, but rather something you 'do', especially in the context of labour migration and geographically dispersed families? And what exactly changes when the 'doing' of family and relatedness involves 'new' instead of 'old' communication media - i.e. Skype and Facebook instead of letters, home videos or the landline? These are just three questions which may serve to illustrate the complex interlocking of communication media and new technologies with the disaggregation of sexuality and reproduction on the one hand, and with the increasing dissociation of work/place and family on the other. The workshop is thus interested in the intersections of Gender and Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies as well as Indian (and South Asian) Family Studies and shall serve as a platform for discussion on this emerging research area.





Internationaler Workshop

The End of Television? - An Expert Workshop on the Future of Television in South Asia and Arab Countries, gefördert aus Mitteln der DFG (19.09.2014, Berlin)

Konzeption und Organisation: Nadja-Christina Schneider

Keynote lecture von Prof. Naomi Sakr (University of Westminster): “The Role of Television and Television Studies in Arabic Speaking Countries”

Weitere internationale Teilnehmende:

Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri (JNU, Neu-Delhi), Prof. Daya Thussu (University of Westminster), Prof. Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Xenia Gleissner (University of Exeter)


Media, Social Movements and the New Middle Class in India, gefördert im Rahmen des KOSMOS-Programms der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin aus Mitteln der Exzellenziniatiative (20.09.2014, Berlin)

Konzeption und Organisation: Nadja-Christina Schneider

Mit Teilnehmenden von der Jawaharlal Nehru University in Neu-Delhi (Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri), Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar (Dr. Jesna Jayachandran), Jadavpur University in Kolkata (Dr. Nandita Banerjee Dhawan), University of Westminster/Jamia Millia Islamia (Fathima Nizamuddin), Universität Leipzig (Dr. Fritzi-Marie Titzmann), Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (Dr. Lorenz Graitl), HU Berlin (Dhanya Fee Koschorreck)




Internationaler Workshop

New approaches to gender and Islam: Translocal and local feminist networking in South and Southeast Asia, gefördert aus Mitteln der Gerda Henkel-Stiftung (29.-30. April 2011, Berlin)

Konzeption und Organisation: Nadja-Christina Schneider

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS)

Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter, Goethe Universität Frankfurt


Workshop in Kooperation mit dem Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien (ZtG)

Gender und Islam: Säkulare und religiös begründete Geschlechterdiskurse in transregional vergleichender Perspektive (08.12.-09.12.2011, Berlin)

Konzeption: Dr. Gabriele Jähnert (ZtG), Prof. Nadja-Christina Schneider (IAAW), Prof. Manja Stephan-Emmrich (IAAW)

Organisation: Dr. Gabriele Jähnert

Mit Referentinnen u.a. von der University of Wyoming (Prof. Marianne Kamp), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Prof. Susanne Schröter), Universität Marburg (Prof. Claudia Derichs), Freien Universität Berlin (Prof. Schirin Amir-Moazami) und Universität Trier (Dr. Markus Gamper)





Printmedien in Südasien: Aktuelle Situation und Perspektiven, in Kooperation mit den Asien-Pazifik-Wochen Berlin (15. Oktober 2009, Berlin)

Konzeption und Organisation: Nadja-Christina Schneider

Mit Teilnehmenden u.a. der Universität Wien (Dr. Johanna Buss), Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Dr. Carmen Brandt), Universität Hamburg (Ines Budarick), VDZ Zeitschriften Akademie GmbH Berlin (Kai Helfritz)