Johanna Mack (M.A.)

Johanna Mack is a research associate at the Erich Brost Institute, a doctoral candidate in the Medas21 - Media Development Assistance in the 21st Century research training group and editor of the German edition of the European Journalism Observatory.

Main areas of interest

  • Media systems, media development co-operation, media and migration, West Africa, media in fragile states, Guinea-Bissau international journalism, media freedom, literary and cultural studies, postcolonial theory, democracy and social justice 


  • 2023: Project trip to São Paulo, Brazil for the PROBRAL project (DAAD - CAPES) on the topic of media and democracy in Brazil and Germany
  • 2022, 27-28 April: Co-organisation and implementation of the doctoral workshop "Les défis actuels du développement des médias dans les zones de conflit" (Knowledge for Tomorrow), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
  • 2020-2023: Research stays in Guinea-Bissau
  • 2019/20: Collaboration on the exhibition of Yoko Ono's participatory artwork "Add Colour (Refugee Boat)" in the container under the Dortmunder U.
  • 2019: Co-training in workshops on media and migration in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), 2018; Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), 2019 and Rabat (Morocco), 2019
  • 2017: Student excursion to Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2015/2017: Participation in summer schools in Cambodia and India on Tamil language and Southeast Asian history
  • 2017-2019: Master's programme in National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture and Language at the University of Münster (then WWU). Master's thesis: Mediating the "Arab Spring": A Comparative Study on the Role of the Conventional Mass Media and New Online Media in Jordan, 2011-2013
  • 2016-2020: Student assistant at the European Journalism Observatory
  • WS 2016/17: Erasmus semester at the University of Worcester (Worcester, UK), courses in English Literature and Illustration
  • 2015-2019: Volunteer work with refugees and migrants in Lünen
  • 2013-2017: Bachelor's degree in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies (TU Dortmund University), Journalism Studies (minor subject, TU Dortmund University), Romance Philology, French (minor subject, Ruhr University Bochum). Bachelor thesis: Concepts of Representation in Selected Novels by Virginia Woolf and Zadie Smith
  • 2012-2020: Freelancer for local media (Westfälische Rundschau Lünen, Ruhr Nachrichten Lünen, Radio Antenne Unna, eldoradio*)

Publications (Selection)

Vorträge (Auswahl)

  • Mack, J. (2023, September 13th):  A transformação do sistema de Mídia num contexto de "Estabilidade Estavel" - Conceptualizando O Desenvolvimento Dos Media Na Guiné-Bissau. Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brasilien
  • Mack, J. (2023, July 11th): Media System Transformation in a context of “stable instability” –Developing and Capturing Guinea-Bissau’s Media since Independence’ IAMCR, History Section, Lyon
  • Mack, J. (2023, February 18th): Covering migration and refugee matters – media stories [Invited presentation]. Seminar des Arbeitskreis Internationales, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Gummersbach, Online.
  • Mack, J. (2023, March 1): Aula Aberta: Captura da Mídia e Perspectivas pelo Desenvolvimento dos Mídia na Guiné-Bissau. CMICS, AD, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
  • Mack, J. (2022, December 6th) Media System Development in a Context of “Stable Instability: Media Capture in Guinea-Bissau. Conference Captured Media: Researching Media Systems in and after Transitions. Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lissabon
  • Mack, J. (2022):  Media Development in a Context of “Stable Instability” – Power, Flow and Participation in Guinea-Bissau’s Radio System. Conference Broadcasting in the Portuguese Empire. Universidade Católica de Portuguesa, Lissabon
  • Mack, J.; Serwornoo, M. (2020, November 14th): Imagining Africa and Europe: Media Stories. [Invited presentation]. Seminar des Arbeitskreises Internationales, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Gummersbach.
  • Mack, J. (2020, November 6th): Guinea-Bissaus Mediensystem: Was behindert und fördert Partizipation? [Panel Presentation]. Partizipative Öffentlichkeiten - EC4SC. Forschungszentrum Entwicklungskommunikation – Communication for Social Change. Universität Leipzig, Online Conference
  • Mack, J. (2020, October 15-17th): Coping with Migrants and Regulatory Challenges in Europe. 2nd Annual International Migration Summit – Journalists’ International Forum for Migration (JIFORM), Lagos, Online Conference.
  • Mack, J. (2021, April 14): Knowledge Production for Media Development in Postcolonial Media Systems: The Case of Guinea-Bissau. [Presentation]. “Comparing Post-socialist Media Systems” - 9th Graduate Spring School & Research conference on Comparative Media Systems, Dubrovnik.