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New publication

2019, Proceedings of the conference “Europe and Educational Media”

Three EurEd members are represented with a paper in the proceedings from the annual conference of the International Society for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media e.V. (IGSBi) in 2018 in the series “Beiträge zur historischen und systematischen Schulbuch- und Bildungsmedienforschung”.

Anja Ballis: Reading Visual Orders: Films on Europe on a German School Platform
In this paper, Anja Ballis examines pictures of Europe in films on the German school platform Landesmedienzentrum Bayern. She uses a set of instruments to analyze obviously conveyed contents as well as implicitly conveyed messages in selected films. This includes e.g. cuts, perspectives and the text-music ratio. Furthermore, two case studies are presented to show which pictures of Europa occur in films for school purposes. 

Katja Gorbahn: Europa, Nation und Region. Identitätskonstruktionen in Bildungsmedien für das historische Lernen in der dänisch-deutschen Grenzregion
Katja Gorbahn investigates three Internet platforms for historical learning in the border region between Denmark and Germany. She examines, which identity constructs are offered in the texts on the platform in relation to the own country and to Europe. The results, that are based on an analysis of all text passages containing the respective country names or the lexeme europ, show clear domination of the concept of a nation compared to the occurrences of the concept of Europe.

Tobias Heinz: „So bunt ist Europa“: Europa multimedial. Bildlinguistische Perspektiven auf NATION- und EUROPA-Konzepte
Tobias Heinz analyses a current educational medium of the EU – the booklet “Sophie und Paul entdecken Europa” – from a linguistic perspective. On the basis of a multimedia image-text analysis, Tobias Heinz points out that the texts and especially the illustrations most likely will overstrain children through their complexity and symbolic overloading. In addition, so the result, the medium passes on traditional national stereotypes of the EU member states.


EurEd poster presentation

September 24-26th 2019, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen

Katja Bethke-Prange presented the EurEd-network and her research on stereotypes and concepts of nations at the 24 Study Conference of Scandinavian Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Erlangen in Germany.


Talk at the international conference „Politolinguistik kontrastiv: Diskurs- und Kommunikationsstrategien bei den Parlamentswahlen in Deutschland und Italien“

September 12th 2019, Villa Vigoni, Deutsch-Italienisches Zentrum für Europäische Exzellenz. 

Jörg Kilian (Kiel University) presented the first results from the working group on cognitive representations of knowledge about Europe in a talk with the title NATION- und EUROPA-Konzepte als sprachlich gebundenes politisches Wissen - Erste Befunde aus kontrastiven Untersuchungen zu Schülerkognitionen und Bildungsmedien im EurEd-Projekt. The research findings are based on a pilot study using ConceptMaps to capture Danish and German students’ knowledge of Europe.

The international conference „Politolinguistik kontrastiv: Diskurs- und Kommunikationsstrategien bei den Parlamentswahlen in Deutschland und Italien“ was organised by Thomas Niehr and Sandro M. Moraldo as a part oft he „DAAD-Hochschuldialoge mit Südeuropa“.


October 5-7th 2018, Faculty of Education, Free University of Bolzano

Three EurEd members give a talk at the annual meeting of Internationalen Gesellschaft für historische und systematische Schulbuch- und Bildungsmedienforschung, „Europe and educational media“ in Brixen:

  • Katja Gorbahn (Aarhus University): Europa, Nation und Region – Identitätskonstruktionen in Bildungsmedien für das historische Lernen in der dänisch-deutschen Grenzregion
  • Anja Ballis (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): Visuelle Sehordnungen entschlüsseln – Filme zu Europa in einer schulischen Online-Umgebung
  • Tobias Heinz (Kiel University): „So bunt ist Europa“: Europa multimodal

July 4-7th 2018, Audimax Foyer, University of Kiel

Jörg Kilian, Katja Bethke-Prange and Tobias Heinz presented the EurEd-network at the “research day” of the Collegium Philosophicum in Kiel.

EurEd poster


New project

May 2018

Stefan Hackl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, has received a grant of 50.000 Euro in May 2018 to start a new interdisciplinary project on stereotypes in digital media: "Wenn aus Menschen Fremde werden? Zur Rolle von Stereotypen in digitalen Medien für Jugendliche".