Leuphana becomes the centre of media studies

Lüneburg. From October 3 to 5, Leuphana University of Lüneburg will become the centre of German-speaking media studies. Over 400 experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will gather for the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft to discuss the influence of rapidly changing media on research. With a top-class panel discussion on October 3, the organizers also addresses interested members of the public. Co-editor of the FAZ Frank Schirrmacher will then debate about academic work in the age of electronic media with international experts. The meeting will begin at 8.30 pm in Hörsaal 1 at the campus on Scharnhorststraße.

The annual meeting will be entitled "Media of Sciences". The subjects of approximately 150 planned papers will range
from radical changes in natural sciences to the question of how new technical possibilities, for example for the communication of research results, are changing and influencing academic discourse. "Sciences are never immaculately conceived," emphasizes Leuphana Professor Claus Pias, one of the conference organizers. "Their methods and institutions, means of communication and ways of working are fundamentally dependent on the status of historically evolved media technologies."

The conference is the most important discussion forum for media scientists and it takes place at a different university every year. The conference is being hosted by Leuphana University of Lüneburg for the first time. With a research group supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, various competence tandems from the EU Innovation Incubator and the sponsorship of the Volkswagen Foundation, Leuphana has made a name for itself in the fast-growing field of digital media.

Click the following link for more information about the meeting: www.gfm2013.de