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Online lecture “Journalism Challenged. Competing Dramaturgies of Affect around #Chemnitz”

News from Nov 30, 2020

As part of the lecture series “Mobility Affects”, Margreth Lünenborg, Débora Medeiros and Ana Makhashvili present challenges that journalism is currently facing.

As a social institution, journalism plays a crucial role in the public regulation of affect. Agitation or reassurance, indignation or pride – journalism co-shapes, which emotions become socially visible and invisible – specifically with regard to highly disputed topics. But while in the 20th century journalism was exclusively responsible and socially authorized to create such an order of emotions, today digital networked media offer competing modes, each with its own dramaturgy of affect, which challenge the aforementioned journalistic authority. In the upcoming lecture, the scholars will discuss the implications of this process for contemporary journalism and draw some findings from an analysis of media and Twitter discourses around #Chemnitz riots in 2018.


The lecture will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 6 p.m. CET online via Webex and can be reached under the following link:



Meeting-ID: 121 865 7401

Password: mobility-affects 

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