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Professor emeritus at Department of Communication at University of Vienna, being engaged there in 1993 as Ordinarius for Audio-visual Media and developing over the years a working program an Media Culture, Media Literacy Studies, and Media Theory. Additional fields of research and teaching have been: Future Studies, Environmental Communication, Health Communication, Trans-cultural Dialogue of Religions, Cultural Studies, Migration, Minorities and Social Change issues. Next to theoretical work he always was engaged in maintaining a critical reflexive interrelation between theoretical analysis and innovative practice. That has been the motif of co-founding OKTO Community TV as a model of alternative media-work as well as other projects in the field of magazine media.
His academic work always has been oriented to international relations. Out of this interest he conducted many international projects, bringing the Department of Communication at University of Vienna in close cooperation with Universities in Brasil, USA, Turkey, Balkans, South East Asia. Among those international projects the Academy of Journalism and Communication (AJC) became a special partner for exchange of knowledge and engagements, building bridges of intensive cooperation, among them the „Hanoi Media Days“, the frame program of this year’s conference on „Structural Changes of Journalism”.
Born 1945, Diessen/Ammersee. After completing the studies in Philosophie and Theology in German universities he completed the studies in in Communication and Media Studies as well as in Cultural Sociology with a doctorate in philosophy at University of Salzburg, followed by a Diploma in Group Dynamics and Communication Training in Zürich. Working as an external lecturer at several Austrian Universities in 1980 he achieved the academic certification of teaching and research (habilitation) at university of Salzburg. In 1993 he accepted the nomination for the ordinary professorship at University of Vienna. Emerited in 2013, he still is engaged in many international projects, among them: MEDLIT, an EU co-funded Project on Media Literacy as a Program of Communication Competence for Social Change“, as a supervisor for doctoral theses as well as a Visiting Professor in several universities in Asia, Latin America and Europe, and as president of scientific associations, such as ESEC: European Society of Education and Communication or the Erasmus Euro-Media Award for educational Media on European issues.
His last comprehensive book has come out 2014 as a theoretical framework of cultural studies of societal communication and its relation to media literacy and sociel change: „Kommunikation wissenschaftlich denken. Perspektiven einer kontextuellen Theorie gesellschaftlicher Verständigung. Wien: böhlau.