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Lecture presentation & discussion Democracy and public sphere in the digital society

DigiGell 05.02.2021 © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Fri., 05.02.2021, 7 p.m.
Registration: 6:30 p.m.
Only for participants via Zoom: from 6:45 p.m.

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger will join the discussion online from Germany.

Live at the Goethe-Institut, Hanoi and at the Deutsches Haus, Ho Chi Minh City
Registration at 6:30 p.m.
Start at 7 p.m.

Online via Zoom

Start at 6:45 p.m.
Zoom-Link to the discussion


The Goethe-Institut Hanoi recommends that the audience follow the instructions below:

  • Present at the Goethe-Institut to check-in at 6:30 PM on Friday, 05.02.2021
  • Always wear a mask
  • Wash your hands with disinfectant solution at check-in
  • The audiences, who come from disease affected area should not join the event.

What happens with our central democratic values like freedom, equality and truth in the digital society? Are we living in times that strengthen democracy by expanding participation and interaction or do we rather witness democracy’s downfall through fragmentation and acceleration? Are citizens empowered by more inclusive participatory means or are they just a pawn in the hands of the new digital forces? How does the public sphere fulfill its function of forming a societal self-understanding in times of hate speech and fake news? Who is responsible for realizing what society expects both of and in the internet? Is facebook just a media company – and how does traditional media need to develop itself?

Christoph Neuberger analyses the transformation of societal communication conceptually and empirically since more than 20 years. In his lecture he recapitulated general and immediate developments. He showed that we are indeed in the midst of a fundamental change – but at the same time not everything is completely novel.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger
Christoph Neuberger Photo (cut): © Weizenbaum-Institut.Kay Herschelmann is a full professor for communication science at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and the executive director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin.
After his graduation in journalism, dissertation and habilitation at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt he had a visiting professorship at the Universität Leipzig (2001/02) and was a professor at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München (2011-2019) and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2002-2011). 
He is a regular member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW) and the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). 
His fields of research include the Internet public sphere, online journalism, activities of the press and broadcasting media on the Internet, search engines, social media, media quality, and media regulation.
Dr. Trần Nguyên Khang
Dr. Tran Nguyen Khang © Tran Nguyen Khang is a lecturer at Faculty of International Relations, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Ho Chi Minh City. Khang got his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Political Science in France (2008). In 2017, he earned his PhD with honors in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. At USSH, his teaching is mainly focused on Globalization, Global Issues, Power in International Relations and Intercultural Communication. In 2016, Khang was invited as Guest Lecturer in University of Findlay, Ohio, USA. Khang’s research interest now concentrates on Soft Power in comparison, which has been presented and published on domestic as well as international journals, books and conferences. In 2018, his very first book came out on “France’s soft power – some theoretical and practical issues”. In 2018 and 2019, Khang was granted by the Japan Foundation for the research field trip programs in Japan and USA on soft power.
Dr. Nguyễn Thị Thúy Hằng
Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang © Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang is Head of the Department of Media Politics, Faculty of Political Science, VNU University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi. She received her B.Sc, M.A and PhD from Faculty of Journalism and Communication, Vietnam National University. She also had an exchange program at Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden. In addition to passion with teaching, she is contributor to newspapers in Vietnam and an enthusiastic researcher. Her research focus on Media and Politics, Political Journalism, Colonial regime and its effects to political, social and cultural changes in Vietnam.