Todays cultures and societies are extensively shaped by media communication: We cannot think about peoples everyday lives, about politics, economy or social coexistence without taking into account the role of the media. Communication and media studies attend to the social conditions, the implications and the significance of media, public and interpersonal communication.
Within such a frame, the IPKM argues for a comprehensive understanding of communication and media studies. Its members focus on historical and present phenomena of media communication, as well as its contexts and change. They work with different qualitative and quantitative methods. Fundamental for the IPKM is a critical approach which is oriented towards theory development. Important topics in research and teaching are:
The work of the IPKM is supported by the media advisory board which consists of different regional media companies. The history of communication and media studies in Bremen goes back to 1957, far beyond the foundation of the IPKM and the University of Bremen.