Mira Keßler


  • since 2018 MEDAS 21 fellow
  • 2010-2012 Media Studies (Master of Arts), University Tübingen
  • 2008-2009 Studio Literature and Theater, University Tübingen: Seminars on prose, lyric, radio drama, theater, writing for media
  • 2002-2009 Prehistory & Early History & Medieval Archaeology, Medival History and Art History (Bachelor of Arts)

Academic Work Experience

  • 2011-2016 Research Assistant at Institute of Media Studies, University Tübingen: Audiovisual Media, Film and TV as well as  Transformations in Media Cultures
    • Film Series: Planning, Coordination with Cinema and Film Distribution, Advertising, Organization Film Talks
    • Interdisciplinary Research Project with Computer Science and Neuroscience: Research and Summary "Staging and Image Design in movies“
    • Introductory tutorials in media studies, science theories and reading skills
    • Participation in junior conferences and conferences "Cosmopolitanization, Recognition, Solidarity?" and "Participation in Media Cultures”
    • Teaching Assignments School Cooperation Project with the Department Germanistic Medieval Studies: "The Hero's Journey - A Dramatic Model"
    • Consultation and accompaniment of film projects Praxis-Seminar Bachelor-Studiengang
  • Teaching experiences in various media education projects at high schools with gifted education, at secondary schools with migration background and for film literacy in cinema

Journalistic Work Experience

  • 2017-2018 Officer for Press and Public Relation Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) / Leibniz Research Institute "Media in Education"
  • Documentary "Kutiyattam" in Kerala / India (traditional Sanskrit theater), cooperation project between the University of Tübingen and Jerusalem
  • 2016 VJ for Südwestpresse, Local News Tübingen
  • 2014-2016 Freelance journalist for the university magazine attempto!
  • 2014-2015 Assistant to the management of the international film distribution Arsenal (Timbuktu, Loin des hommes)
  • 2013-2014: TV documentaries on behalf of the SWR for ARD/Eins Plus
  • Since 2010 freelancer for public broadcasting, print and online editions, also various clients in the field of film production, university research, science communication and industry
  • Internships in various editorial departments in the fields of TV, radio, print, journalism and film

PhD Project



Differences in Journalism Trainings as part of Media Development. What are they based on and how are they practically relevant? (WT)


Learn more about the project here.



Prof. Dr. Barbara Thomaß, Ruhr-Universität Bochum




  • Keßler, Mira (2022). How “insiders and outsiders” perceive media development work. Reflections on their relationship and cooperation. Global Media Journal – German Edition, 12(1), DOI: https://doi.org/10.22032/dbt.53027
  • Keßler, Mira (2022). Accessing and Understanding the Field: Methodological Reflections and Ethnographic Approaches. Global Media Journal – German Edition, 12(1), DOI: https://doi.org/10.22032/dbt.53025
  • Guntrum, Laura Gianna, Keßler, Mira, Patel, Jignesh, & Varfolomeeva, Anna (2022). Remotely Accessing the Field and Building Trust with Distant Sources. Perspectives from Journalism Practice for Ethnographic Research. Global Media Journal – German Edition, 12(1), DOI: https://doi.org/10.22032/dbt.53026


Conference Presentations



  • Keßler, Mira (2022, April 28): Emotions in journalism trainings as part of media development: How they become practical challenges for trainers and trainees. [Paper presentation] Emotional labour in media work, Middlesex University/ London, online research symposium.


  • Keßler, Mira (2021, September 6-9): Power and diversity in the “classroom”. A look at differences in journalism trainings as part of Media Development.  [Paper presentation] ECC20 - 8th European Communication Conference, Braga / Portugal, online conference.
  • Keßler, Mira (2021, July 23): Panel on creative teaching techniques for media development. [Organisation and Moderation] IAMCR pre- and post-conference 2021, Media sector development working group, online conference.
  • Keßler, Mira (2021, July 17-19): Differences in journalism trainings as part of media development. [Paper presentation] MEDCOM2020 - 6th Conference of Media and Mass Communication: "Communication and digital media: New scenarios and future changes", Cagliari / Italy, online conference.
  • Keßler, Mira (July, 11-15): Rethinking borders and boundaries: Differences in journalism trainings in media development. [Paper presentation, Panel “MEDAS21 Research Projects – Reconceptualizing the Field of Media Development”]. IAMCR 2021, online conference.


  • Keßler, Mira (2020, November 6): Panel “Partizipative Öffentlichkeiten in der Medienentwickungszusammenarbeit – von Rheinland-Pfalz bis Guinea-Bissau.“ [Short lecture „Differenzen und Partizipation in journalistischen Weiterbildungen als Teil der Medienentwicklungsarbeit“, Panel discussion] 1. EC4SC Online Konferenz Partizipative Öffentlichkeiten durch und in Communities, Organisationen und Netzwerken: Schnittstellen zwischen Forschung und Praxis, online conference.

  • Keßler, Mira (2020, June 16th):  „Difference Experiences Within The Field And Within The Researcher – Coping With Messiness During my Field Research Stays“ [Paper presentation]. ECSCW workshop „(Coping with) Messiness in Ethnography – Methods, Ethics and Participation in Ethnographic Fieldwork in the non-Western World.“ // ECSCW 2020, University of Siegen, Germany.





  • Keßler, Mira (2021, October 21-22): “Disrupted Ethnography: Building Trust, Telling Stories, Unpacking Concepts and Reporting from Within”. [Organization & Moderation] Disrupted Ethnography Autumn School in Cooperation with the Institute for Information Systems and New Media and the Collaborative Research Center 1187 – Media of Cooperation, University of Siegen, Ruhr-University Bochum, Hybrid.

* Disrupted Ethnography was supported by the Ruhr University Research School, funded by Germany’s Excellence Initiative [DFG GSC 98/3] *




Email: mira.kessler@ruhr-uni-bochum.de