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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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.

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 in the areas of digital cultures, new media and society, media activism and digital participation, critical/cultural media theory, feminist media studies, and qualitative methodologies.

Curriculum Vitae

Giuliana Sorce studied American Studies (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) and Professional Communication Studies (Purdue University) in Germany and the US. As the recipient of a full doctoral scholarship, Giuliana Sorce earned her PhD in Mass Communication & Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at 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, South Africa. Several of her dissertation chapters have appeared in international journals. 

Giuliana Sorce publishes in leading academic journals within media and communication studies (e.g., Journal of Communication, The Communication Review, Feminist Media Studies, International Journal of Communication, Global Media Journal); her research has been awarded with various Top Paper Awards at international conferences. Since 2021, Giuliana Sorce serves as chair of the “international and intercultural communication” division of the German Communication Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft).

Next to offering regular courses in media methods, Giuliana Sorce teaches coursework in media theory and analysis. In 2014, her pedagogical innovations and service learning projects earned her a teaching award. 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). She is associated member of the Hans-Böckler-Doctoral Program “right-wing politics and exclusionary solidarities.”  In 2020, she was selected as a fellow in the Athene program for outstanding emerging scholars, supporting her habilitation endeavors.

For a detailed CV, see here.

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Academic Service

  • since 2021: 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: Information, Communication & Society; Media, Culture & Society; Journalismus & Mass Communication Quarterly;  Studies in Communication Sciences; kommunikation.medien; Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology