Institute of Media Studies

Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Giuliana Sorce is a Postdoctoral Scholar in „Transformation of Media Cultures“.


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Universität Tübingen
Institut für Medienwissenschaft
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72074 Tübingen



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Dr. Giuliana Sorce was unanimously elected as the new chair of the Communication & Democracy section at this year's annual meeting of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in Aarhus. She will chair the section for two years.

The issue pays attention to the global circulation of political causes alongside the key role of digital technologies in contemporary activism. The contributions examine political democratization efforts, feminist organizing, anti-extractivism protests, and extradition activism. In their respective case studies, the authors provide insights into the significance of diasporic actors for regional protests, the involvement of international stakeholders in local causes, the importance of linking up with global movement publicity, and the expansion of activist networks to existing transnational organizations.

This volume explores the potential of "exclusionary solidarity" as a theoretical perspective to analyze the political programs, social worldviews and mediated discourses of right-wing parties and movements. What forms does solidarity take in right-wing populism? How does it find resonance in society? And who is included and excluded? Next to theoretical and conceptual discussions, the chapters present empirical pieces alongside contemporary sociopolitical strategies and mediated forms of exclusionary solidarity while studying the affective dimensions that help us understand the success of right-wing actors. The volume emerged in the context of the graduate researcher group Right-Wing Social Policy and exclusionary Solidarity, funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation.

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This book examines the central role media and communication play in the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) around the globe; including how NGOs communicate with key publics, engage stakeholders, target political actors, enable input from civil society, and create participatory opportunities. Theoretically, the book engages the concept of social change in an applied context. An international line-up of authors first discuss communication practices, strategies, and media uses by NGOs, providing insights into the specifics of NGO programs for social change goals and reveal particular sets of tactics. The book then presents a set of case studies of NGO organizing from all over the world—ranging from Sudan via Brazil to China.

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Giuliana Sorce researches digital media and society with a specialization in activism and social movements. She studies cultural and political issues including right-wing populism, climate change, gender equity, and social justice from a qualitative perspective.

Curriculum Vitae

Giuliana Sorce studied American Studies (BA, 2011) and Professional Communication Studies (MSc, 2014) in Germany und the US. As the recipient of a full doctoral scholarship, Giuliana Sorce graduated earned her degree in Mass Communications and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (PhD, 2017) an der Penn State University. Her grant-supported dissertation project „Watching out for media: An institutional ethnographic perspective on the feminist-democratic media activism of Media Monitoring Africa” is based on fieldwork in Johannesburg, Südafrika. All chapters of her dissertation are published in international journals.

An award-winning scholar, Giuliana Sorce publishes in leading academic journals within media and communication studies (Convergence, Journalism Practice, Feminist Media Studies, Environmental Communication, Media and Communication, etc.). From 2020-2021, she was Chair of the „International and Intercultural Communication“ division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK). Since 2022, she is Chair of the „Communication and Democracy“ section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Next to offering regular courses in media methods, Giuliana Sorce teaches coursework in media theory and analysis (mostly in English) at the undergraduate level, and within the Publics and Responsibility track at the MA level. In 2014, she won a teaching award for her pedagogical innovations and service learning projects. She has taught at leading international institutions (Manchester University, Södertörn University, Erasmus University Rotterdam) and has experience in online teaching and curricular development.

Since 2018, Giuliana Sorce is a postdoctoral scholar within the unit “Transformations of Media Cultures” (Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas). As the Institute of Media Studies’ international coordinator, she supports exchange students and researchers. From 2018-2021, she was associated member of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation’s graduate program “right-wing politics and exclusionary solidarities.”  From 2020-2022, she fellow in the Athene program for outstanding emerging scholars. Her cumulative habilitation project focuses on transnational (digital) climate activism.

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Giuliana Sorce on ORCID


Recent Publications

Academic Service

  • since 2022: Chair, Communication & Democracy division, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) 
  • 2021-2022: Co-Chair, International and Intercultural Communication Division, German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 2019-2021: Webcoordinator, Media, Public Spheres and Gender Division, German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 2014-2016: Secretary Public Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • Reviewer for: Environmental Communication; Environmental Politics; Information, Communication & Society; International Journal of Communication; Journal of Political Ideologies; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Media, Culture & Society; New Media & Society; The Communication Review; The Review of Communication...