Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hanan Badr
Head Division Public Spheres and Inequality Research
Office: Hochpaterre 015, Rudolfskai 42, 5020 Salzburg
Office hours: by appointment
Prof. Dr. Hanan Badr has been promoted to university professor in the department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, effective March 1, 2022. She heads the division of Public Spheres and Inequality Research. Previously, she worked at locations such as Freie Universität Berlin, Gulf University for Sciences and Technology in Kuwait, Cairo University and Orient-Institut Beirut / Max Weber Foundation. Hanan Badr was born in Cairo, Egypt, and studied Communication Studies, focusing on Journalism and International Communication earning Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. Afterwards, she received a DAAD scholarship for her doctoral studies at the Chair of International Communication and Comparative Media Systems at the University of Erfurt. The focus of the professorship is the study of public spheres and inequality on macro, meso and micro levels, considering globalization and digitalization. Topics include global communication, asymmetries and postcolonial theories, (digital) public spheres in polarized societies, media, activism and social movements, media, transformation and protest communication in North Africa, and media and migration.
Public spheres and inequality at macro, meso and micro levels
Activism and social movements
Media, Transformation and Protest Communication in North Africa
Media and migration
Documentation of Research
Instructions for Master’s exams with Univ.-Prof. Hanan Badr (applies to first and second exams)
First, get in touch with me () so we can choose a topic for the exam. The topic can be chosen from the full range of communication research, but you are encouraged to follow my research interests. As a researcher, I’m concerned with public spheres and inequalities at macro, meso and micro levels, with a particular focus on globalisation and digitalisation. Specific areas of interest include:
o Digital Public Spheres
o Global Communication, Foreign News Coverage and Framing
o Critical Theories
o International Comparative Media Systems and Media Cultures
o Activism, Protest and Social Movements
o Media, Transformation and Protest Communication in North Africa
o Media and Migration
2. Literature List:
You need to review the most important scientific literature on the chosen topic and develop a literature list. The readings should include academic journals and books/chapters written in English and German. Altoghether, they should run to 150-200 pages (the equivalent of about 8 texts). Follow the department’s citation guidelines to compile a bibliography. Send me your bibliography by e-mail (t) and you will receive some feedback.
3. Thesis Paper:
You summarise and critically reflect the chosen texts in the thesis paper. Your review should range from 2 to 3 pages per text. Please apply the department’s citation guidelines and ensure that you cite the texts correctly.
The summary should include:
o basic information about the author(s)
o summary (topic, research question(s), central statements/findings)
o How does the text fit in with the other literature that you are working on (and the knowledge you gained from your studies)? Where do you see similarities or contradictions with the current state of the research?
o What aspects of the text surprised you or stood out to you?
o What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the text? (This can refer to the scientific approach, such as the theoretical framework, the method or the presentation of the text/the findings)
The duration of the exam is 45 minutes. The focus will be on your thesis paper and your critical reflection of the scientific literature. In addition to assessing your academic knowledge, the master’s exam focuses on your independent critical thinking and your argumentation skills.