Program Coordinator – Depolarizing Public Debates
Hendrik received his bachelor’s degree in both Art and Media Studies and English/American Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, graduating with a thesis on the “Trump/Twitter dispositif” in 2018. From 2018 to 2021, he studied Media Culture and Globalization at the University of Bremen. He graduated as a Master of Arts with a thesis on dynamics of the Twitter discourse about the G20 Summit in Hamburg in 2017.
Since 2021, he has been a research associate at the University of Hamburg, working at the Chair for “Communication Studies, esp. Climate and Science Communication”. His research focuses on the study of journalistic and digital media debates concerning (climate) politics. Hendrik’s dissertation is on the discursive polarization of mediatized discourses. He is specialized in network and (semi-automated) content analysis.
At THE NEW INSTITUTE Hendrik is coordinator of the program Depolarizing Public Debate.
What gives you hope?
Theories and movements that question structurally-determined and seemingly unchangeable societal “truths”.
How does change happen?
Change is the transformation of the status quo, happening through a complex interplay of societal, cultural, political, technological, and –most importantly – discursive processes, tensions, or even conflicts.
What are you grateful for?
Being able to research and try to explain societal processes as a profession.