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!
  • 2013-2014 Assistant to the management of the international film distribution Arsenal (Timbuktu, Loin des hommes)
  • 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


What do cultural differences mean for the cross-cultural communication in journalism training as part of Communication for Development?

Between the global North and India (AT)


Journalistic training is an integral part of Media Development Cooperation (MDC). The aim and relevance of such offers is to support the journalists in developing and emerging countries as the so-called fourth power of democracy or to build and strengthen democracies with their help. Thus, journalists have a key role to play, which explains the concentration of MDC on the internationally highly regarded and highly demanded journalistic education. The MDC and journalism trainings are a work across national and cultural borders. Both trainers and trainees are from and traveling to different countries. The funds and offers of MDC come mainly from the global north, such as the USA, UK and Europe. The receivers are located in the global South, focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 


The cross-cultural work is rarely reflected or prepared. Both trainers and trainees are rarely trained in their cross-cultural competence. Journalistic values and journalistic work are also often regarded as universal and cultural differences are almost ignored. Also, the possible influence of the former colonization by countries from the global north of countries of the global South as well as the hierarchical disparity of the MDC donor countries and their recipient countries is not considered enough. My approach is to take all this into account according to the international and cross-border working journalists (trainers and trainees), the quality of journalistic trainings and the legitimacy of the MDC and their journalistic trainings itself.


My research questions are: When and how do national and cultural differences become clear in the dialogues and how will they be dealt with? What significance do these differences have for the exchange or to what extent do they influence the negotiation and content of the journalistic trainings? The methods of my research: Participatory observation in selected trainings, conversation analysis of their dialogues, reconstructive (problem-centred) interviews of the actors from the trainings, as well as expert interviews with the organizers of the trainings and leaders of the organizations with questions on their own relevance-experiences of cultural differences and cross-cultural competence. The approach: qualitative, open and theory-generating method, inductively derived object-anchored theory.



Prof. Dr. Barbara Thomaß, Ruhr-Universität Bochum



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


Erich Brost Institute

Dr Dirk-Claas Ulrich
Program Director MEDAS 21

Otto-Hahn-Str. 2

44227 Dortmund


Tel: +49 231 755-6976

Email: dirk-claas.ulrich@tu-dortmund.de

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