Dr. Mareike Meis

Senior Researcher, NOHA Director & Joint Examination Officer

    Address

    Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) Bochumer Fenster, 4th floor Massenbergstraße 9 B 44787 Bochum Germany

    Nationality

    German

    Research Interests

    Aesthetics of New Media, Media’s Role in War and Genocide, New Media in Crises and Conflicts, Media Anthropology, User-Generated Evidence in Criminal and Transitional Justice, Feminist Studies, Perception of Death in New Media Contexts, Social Movements in the Middle East and North Africa, Discourse and Dispositif Analysis, Social Psychology of Violence

    Research Focus

    PhD project: ‘Die Ästhetisierung und Politisierung des Todes - Der Syrienkonflikt im Handy-Todesvideo unter einer diffraktiven Perspektive’ [The Aestheticization and Politization of Death – The Syrian Conflict in Mobile Death Videos in a Diffractive Perspective]
    (supervisors: Prof. Dr. Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Faculty of Philology, Institute for Media Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; Prof. Dr. Eva Warth, (Faculty of Philology, Institute for Media Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany))

    Education

    07/2019

    PhD in Media Studies, Faculty of Philology, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) on the Aestheticization and Politization of Death – The Syrian Conflict in Mobile Death Videos in a Diffractive Perspective

    10/2012
    Master of Arts (M.A.) in Media Studies and Social Psychology/Anthropology, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)
    03/2010
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Media Studies and Social Psychology/Anthropology, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)

    Work Experience and other Activities

    01/2021 - 09/2022

    External Evaluator for the EU-funded Project “European Alliance of Universities – EDUC”, University of Potsdam

    since 09/2019
    Director of the NOHA Joint Master’s Programme in International Huma-ni¬tarian Action, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
    07/2019 – 12/2019
    Research Associate in the Project „SUR-PRESS – Freedom of Speech under Attack in the EU and Arab World“ & Co-Organizer of the Academic Panel Discussion „Press freedom in crisis in Europe and the Arab world?“
    since 05/2017
    Joint Examination Officer of the NOHA Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action & Research Associate, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
    11/2013 - 12/2016

    Coordinator of the NOHA Joint European Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action & Research Associate, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. (on family leave since 05/2015)

    11/2012 - 10/2013
    Research Assistant & Coordination Assistant of the NOHA Joint European Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
    09/2008 - 10/2012
    Student Research Assistant, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
    08/2010 - 10/2010
    Research Traineeship, Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research (CMR), Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (KWI) NRW, Essen, Germany
    08/2006 - 09/2006
    Business Management Employee, Joest GmbH + Co. KG, Duelmen, Germany
    02/2003 - 07/2003
    Business Management Assistant, Meypack GmbH, Nottuln, Germany

    Most recent Publications

    2021 / forthcoming

    Media Anthropology in Humanitarian Action. In: Heintze, H.-J./Thielbörger, P. (eds.): International Humanitarian Action. Textbook. 2nd ed. Heidelberg: Springer

    2020

    Monograph: Die Ästhetisierung und Politisierung des Todes. Handyvideos von Gewalt und Tod im Syrienkonflikt. Bielefeld: transcript.

    2020
    Article in Edited Volume: The Ambivalent Aesthetics and Perception of Mobile Phone Videos: A De/Escalating Factor for the Syrian Conflict. In: Budka, Philipp/Bräuchler, Birgit (Hrsg.): Theorising Media and Conflict. New York/Oxford: Berghahn
    2016
    Journal Article: ‘When is a conflict a crisis? On the aesthetics of the Syrian civil war in a social media context’, in: Media, War & Conflict, 10 (1) (first published June 2016), pp. 69-86
    2015
    Media interview: ‘Handyvideos – Den Tod dokumentiert’ [Mobile Phone Videos: Documenting Death], Markt und Medien, Deutschlandfunk, 4 April 2015
    2015
    Media article: ‘Dying in Front of the Camera. What Do “Mobile Death Videos” Trigger?’, RUBIN Science Magazine, 27 February 2015
    2014
    Monograph: ‘Protest per Handycam’ [Protest by Handycam], Tectum, 132 pages
    2013
    Journal Article: ‘Mobile Death Videos in Protest Movements: Cases from Iran and Syria’, in: Thanatos, 2(2), pp. 25–42
    2013
    Journal Article (with Carina Kötter): ‘Ganz schön schwanger? Schönheitspraktiken und Körpertechnologien in der Schwangerschaft’ [Pretty Pregnant? Beauty Practices and Body Technologies during Pregnancy], in: onlinejournal kultur & geschlecht, 10
    2010
    Journal Article: ‘Radio in Ruanda im Kontext des Genozids: Imaginierte Gemeinschaft, sekundäre Oralität und Parasozialität’ [Radio in Ruanda in Context of the Genocide: Imagined Community, Secondary Orality and Parasociality], in: Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung, 11(2), pp. 8–34

    Other Activities and Memberships

    Since 2021

    Decentralized Equal Opportunity Officer, Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht (IFHV), Ruhr-Universität Bochum

    Since 2020

    Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for International Humanitarian Action (JIHA), Springer

    Since 2020

    Member in Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft e.V. (GfM)

    Language Skills

    German (mother tongue)
    English (fluent)
    French (intermediate)
    Russian (beginner)
    Arabic (beginner)