Christina Sanko

Christina Sanko

Participant in 2015
Work history • University of Bremen, Institute for Historic Journalism, Communication and Media Studies, Bremen, Germany (research associate, lecturer, coordinator for international affairs): Research associate with specialization in communication history and media change; lecturer of courses in research methods, media and cultural memory, development communication, introduction to communication and media studies (09/2012-present)

• German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Branch Office Hanoi, Vietnam (volunteer): event management; PR and marketing for higher education; graphic design; surveys

• University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (student trainee): conducting and transcribing of qualitative and quantitative interviews for the state-funded research project "Subjective Perception of (In-)Security"

• University Library Leipzig, Germany (student assistant): acquisition and cataloguing of online publications for the digital library "medien bühne film" (09/2010-02/2011)

• Internships/voluntary work, etc.: German Press Agency (dpa), Leipzig, Germany (07/2009); CNN International, London, UK (02-03/2009); Berliner Umschau, Berlin, Germany (07-09/2008); WOUB Radio, Athens, USA (04-06/2008); Ohio Newspaper Association, USA (02/2008); Medienpädagogik e.V., Leipzig, Germany (08/2006-08/2012) Thüringer Allgemeine, Ilmenau, Germany (02-03/2006)
Study history • University of Bremen, Institute for Historic Journalism, Communication and Media Studies (IPKM), Bremen, Germany: PhD candidate with dissertation on mediatized cultural memory in Vietnam
(09/2012 - present)

• University of Leipzig, Institute for Communication and Media Studies, Leipzig, Germany: "Magistra Artium" (M.A.) in communication and media studies, English studies; Thesis: "Torn between Peace and Conflict Reporting: How Belfast's Daily Press Covers the Latest Stage of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland"; Grade: 1.1 (very good)
(10/2004 – 04/2011)

• Ohio University, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Athens, OH, USA: Graduate studies in journalism; GPA: 3.8
(08/2007 – 06/2008)

• Neideck-Gymnasium, Arnstadt, Germany (High school): Grade: 1.1 (very good)
Publications 1. Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie/Sanko, Christina (2014): Kommunikationsethik im Feld der Wirtschaft. Praktischer Diskurs oder Moralisierung? Konzeption eines Forschungsprojektes und Fallstudie. In: Prinzing, Marlis/Rath, Matthias et al. (Hrsg.): Neuvermessung der Medienethik. Weinheim: Beltz/Juventa.

2. Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie/Sanko, Christina (2014): Forschungsethik in der Kommunikationswissenschaft. In: Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie/Meyen, Michael (Hrsg.): Handbuch nicht standardisierte Methoden in der Kommunikationswissenschaft. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Phd Projects


Communicative Construction of Cultural Memory in Societies in Transition and their Diasporic Communities: A Case Study on Vietnam and Vietnamese Diaspora in Germany

The dissertation examines communicative processes of cultural memory in transforming societies and their related diasporic communities. In a case study on Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora in Germany this research explores relations between aspects of socio-cultural continuity, change and identity linked to the past. Taking an intergenerational and transcultural perspective, the dissertation addresses the following research questions:

In which way are contents and practices of (media) communication relevant for constituting cultural memory in the transforming society of Vietnam and Vietnamese diasporic communities in Germany? How are these constructed within and across different generations?

In times of peace, economic growth and media development in post-reform Vietnam the governing Communist Party also still seeks legitimacy in the nation's past struggle for liberation. State-regulated mass media, banners and billboards often function as public reminders for historical events. They represent examples of communicative means of the leadership's memory politics and nation-building strategies in a once divided state. Despite the dissemination of official historical narratives, however, "the past" remains a complex and contested issue within Vietnamese society and beyond in diasporic communities.
Drawing from qualitative communication and biographical research, a set of triangulated methods was developed, combining (1) content analyses, (2) qualitative in-depth interviews, (3) expert interviews and (4) historical research: (1) explores the relations between journalism and public memory in two state publications in Vietnam (daily "Vietnam News", weekly "Le Courrier du Vietnam") as well as in the television news on "VTV4"; (2) takes an audience studies perspective, investigating media use, media memories, intergenerational communication, perceptions of change and history; (3) deals with journalists as memory agents and (4) examines historical artifacts provided in museums.
During four months of fieldwork in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, 59 interviews with respondents from four generations and nine expert interviews with media professionals were conducted and ten historical institutions were visited to inquire the complex entanglements of publicly mediated memories, individual remembering and communicative engagement of the urban, middle-class population in Vietnam with the past. Further interviews are conducted with members of Vietnamese communities in Hanover, Leipzig and Berlin (Germany).

Theoretically, the dissertation builds upon mediatization (Krotz 2001, Lundby 2009, Hepp 2013), diaspora and transformation research as well as communication approaches to memory studies (Volkmer 2006, van Dijck 2007, Zelizer/Tenenboim-Weinblatt 2014). On a larger scale it aims at de-westernizing the field and elaborating the potentials of communication research for memory studies and vice versa.


Dissertation title Mediatized Cultural Memory in Societies in Transition and their Diasporic Communities: A Case Study on Vietnam and Vietnamese Diaspora in Germany

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