Last Name
Rieke Böhling
Fachbereich 9: Kulturwissenschaften
Communication and media studies, with a focus on comparative cultural analysis
Linzer Str. 4
+49 421 218 67672

Member in the ZeMKI Lab: "Communication History and Media Change" and "Transcultural Communication and Memory Studies"

Rieke Böhling is employed as a research associate at the Institute for Historic Journalism, Communication and Media Studies in the subject of communication and media studies, with a focus on comparative cultural analysis since April 2016. As part of the team of representatives for international affairs of the IPKM she is responsible for the bilateral agreements with the partner institutions. Moreover, she counsels incoming and outgoing students regarding exchanges with universities outside of Europe. Furthermore, she is a member of the collective of decentralized women’s representatives at Faculty 9. Her teaching for the BA communication and media studies is on qualitative research methods and media systems and media change.

In the context of her doctoral dissertation she researches mediated memories of migration in families.

In 2012 she finished her BA in American Studies at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). As part of her BA she spent a semester at the College of Charleston (USA). Subsequently, in 2014, she obtained a double degree from the Erasmus Mundus MA European Studies: Euroculture, at the University of Groningen and the University of Deusto (Spain). In her MA thesis she investigated representations of young Turkish Germans in three films from three distinct time periods. After completing her studies, she was employed as course coordinator in the consortium secretariat of the Erasmus Mundus MA European Studies: Euroculture at the University of Groningen until early 2016.

Research interests

Memory studies, migration studies, cultural representations of migration and migrants in different media, qualtative methods, interpretative text analysis

Research projects

Assistant managing editor for VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture




Böhling, Rieke (2018): Memory work with mediated memories: remembering family migration histories among grandchildren of guest workers. Summer school Moving Image Memory Cultures, 24-28 September 2018, Potsdam.

Böhling, Rieke (2018): Postmemory and migration: Remembering family histories among grandchildren of Turkish guest workers in Germany. Conference Remembering what we have not lived: Approaches to Postmemory Analysis, 3 July 2018, Canterbury.

Böhling, Rieke (2018): Mediated Family Memory: Remembering Migration Experiences in Turkish-German Families. ICA preconference Inclusivity and Family Communication Research: Advances and Innovations from across the Discipline, 24 May 2018, Prague.

Böhling, Rieke (2018): Mediated Memories of Migration: Remembering Migration Experiences among Grandchildren of "Guest Workers“. Workshop of the Memory and Media Research Network, 19 April 2018, Bremen.

Böhling, Rieke/Lohmeier, Christine (2017): (Mediated) Memories of Migration: Memory Work and Identity Work, ECREA Diaspora, migration and the media section conference Migration and communication flows: rethinking borders, conflict and identity through the digital, 2-3 November 2017, Bilbao.

Böhling, Rieke/van der Waal, Margriet (2017): In Their Shoes? Refugee Reality TV as a Technology of Citizenship. Conference Affects-Media-Power, 29 June-1 July 2017, Berlin.

Böhling, Rieke (2017): Revisiting Migration Memories in the Context of Current Migratory Movements, BRESTOLON workshop Critical Theory: The Challenge of Digitized Media Worlds, 18-20 May 2017, Lisbon.

Böhling, Rieke (2017): Revisiting Migration Memories in the Context of Current Migratory Movements, PGR conference Migration and Transcultural Memory in the 21st Century, 3 May 2017, Leeds.

Böhling, Rieke/Lohmeier, Christine (2016): Family Memory in Times of Deep Mediatization. Conference Communicative Figurations, 8-9 December 2016, Bremen.

Van der Waal, Margriet und Böhling, Rieke (2015): In their shoes? Refugee life-narratives and television entertainment. U4 Cluster Conference Governance of a Contemporary Multilateral Institutional Architecture. 4-6 November 2015, Groningen.

Böhling, Rieke (2015): Identity Interventions: Investigating Questions of Identity, Language, and Citizenship in Turkish German film. International Conference Youth, Media and Diversities, 2-3 April 2015, Brussels.


Böhling, Rieke/Lohmeier, Christine (forthcoming): On Storing Information in Families: (Mediated) Family Memory at the Intersection of Individual and Collective Remembering. In: C. Große and R. Drechsler (eds.), Information Storage: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (pp. xx). Springer.

Lohmeier, Christine/Böhling, Rieke (2018): Researching Communicative Figurations: Necessities and challenges for empirical research. In: A. Hepp, A. Breiter and U. Hasebrink (eds.), Communicative Figurations: Transforming Communication in Times of Deep Mediatization (pp. 343-362). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Lohmeier, Christine/Böhling, Rieke (2017): Communicating family memory: remembering in a changing media environment. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research 42(3), September 2017.

Böhling, Rieke (2017): Identity Interventions: Investigating Questions of Identity, Language and Citizenship in Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland. In: M. Loicq and I. Féroc Dumez (eds.), Conference proceedings. Jeunes, médias et diversités / Youth, Media and Diversities (pp. 82–97).