- Media and communication theory
- nostalgia, memory and history
- mediatization and media events
- online communities and their relation to memory and nostalgia
I am Katharina Niemeyer, professor of media theory at the media school (École des médias) Faculty of communication, University of Québec in Montréal. My research focuses on media and technologies and their relations to memory, history and nostalgia. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, I am currently working on nostalgic online communities expressing different types of nostalgia for the former GDR (a project financed by the FRQSC). I also work on (international) media events and currently on mediatization of “terrorism” (current project: CRSH). In 2015 I co-founded the International Media and Nostalgia Network after having edited the volume Media and Nostalgia. Yearning for the past, present and future in 2014 (Palgrave Macmillan).
After my studies in European media culture (Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Université Lyon 2), I received a PhD in social and economic sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. From 2012 to 2017 I was an associate professor at the French press institute, University Paris 2, Sorbonne universities. In 2017 I was a guest scholar at McGill University and also at the Catholic University of Louvain.
- Regular member of CELAT, Centre de recherche Cultures – Arts – Sociétés
- Member of the editorial board, Memory Studies (SAGE)
- Council member of International Association for Media and History
- Associate member of Memory and Media Research Network
- Affiliate member of the Media History Research Centre
- Associate member of CRICIS
- Member of the Cool Memories association (Jean Baudrillard)