Jena Team

The university of Jena has one of the oldest professorial chairs within the young area of scholarly Intercultural Communications in Germany; the Jena Chair of Interkulturelle Wirtschaftskommunikation was established in 1992. From the very beginning Intercultural Communications in Jena looked to combine theoretical and empirical perspectives, and remained always mindful of context and reciprocity. The Jena project within ReDICo “Cosmopolitans, Nationalisms and Intercultural Competence in Online Contexts” builds upon Jena’s tradition in Intercultural Communications, looking to examine digital worlds from an Intercultural Communications perspective.

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Fergal Lenehan

Researcher. Investigating cosmopolitanism and neo-nationalist discourse, online. Co-edited “Reclaiming the European Street” by Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán Na hÉireann. Dad. Social Europeanism. Hurling. Likes posting pictures of rooftops.


Twitter @fergallenehan

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Fergal Lenehan is a researcher who has engaged with intellectual history and cultural studies since acquiring his initial undergraduate degrees at University College Dublin. Following this, he received a PhD from the University of Leipzig and a Habilitation (the German formal post-doctoral qualification) from the University of Jena. He has written monographs on the intellectual engagement with Europe and German media depictions of Ireland. His current work revolves around theories of cosmopolitanism, cyber-utopianism and the platform Twitter. He has just completed the co-editing of, and the writing of the introduction to, the volume Reclaiming the European Street: Speeches on Europe and the European Union, 2016-2020, by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. 

Luisa Conti

Moto perpetuo. Rapid, curious, engaged. Says tendentially: Yes! and jumps into new adventures. Researcher, eager to learn more, understand deeper, see further. Eager to share privileges, she shares knowledge; willing to make sense of it, she transfers it.


Twitter @LuisaContiEU

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The chief pillars of Luisa Conti’s highly interdisciplinary research are communication and education. After her studies at the University of Udine (Italy), she moved to Germany where she became a lecturer and researcher at the University of Jena. Following her PhD, which examined on-line projects related to Intercultural Dialogue and which was undertaken in Jena and Padua, she questioned her Eurocentric perspective by spending research time in Latin America. In the context of the European Project SHARMED (SHARed MEmories and Dialogues) she focused on the power of communication in shaping inclusion/exclusion, while in her studies for ReDICo she re-orients this focus towards the World Wide Web. Furthermore she is also supervising the creation of a participatory, multilingual e-learning platform for the EU-Project KIDS4ALLL (Key Inclusive Development Strategies for LifeLong Learning).

Carmen Pereyra

Latin researcher living in Leipzig. Avid reader and knitter. Political Sciences and whiskers on kittens, Anthropology and warm wollen mittens, racism and hate tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things. If I can’t dance I don’t want to be in your revolution.

Sören Schöbel

Researcher from the village. Sociology and figures. Metaphors and stuff. Sometimes, thinks only communication can communicate. Usually looking for things and finding words.

Alina Jugenheimer

Trained feminist. Discusses right-wing discourses online, and offline. Research focus: antifeminism and nationalism on the net. Coffee and book addict.