Same same or different? – 9th Event:
The Africa of German, Chinese and African Media


Africa always used to be looked at by the international media with little power over its own representation. However, the rapid expansion of the African media market means that increasingly home-grown media companies are not only producing images of Africa for the international market, but are also competing to show Africa to African audiences. In recent years Chinese state-owned media have set up African production facilities, too. So the ‘Western view’ on Africa has been replaced by a whole variety of perspectives.

In this talk, media practitioners and scholars from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will discuss how the media image of Africa is changing in the 21st century. The talk (in English) will be moderated by Falk Hartig.


Friday, 22nd November 2013, 7 pm


“Max und Moritz”
Oranienstr. 162
10969 Berlin
Subway: U8 Moritzplatz


Cobus VAN STADEN researches about the expansion of Chinese media interests in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg/South Africa. Previously he was postdoctoral research fellow with the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University. He graduated with a PhD in Media Studies from Nagoya University, Japan. He worked as an investigative journalist for the South African Broadcasting Corporation and is one of the editors of the blog

Lutz MÜKKE is Program coordinator journalism, international cooperations and project management at the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. He studied Journalism and African Studies at Leipzig University and at Makerere University, Kamapla/Uganda. His PhD thesis “Journalisten der Finsternis” (“Journalists of Darkness”) focused on the working conditions of foreign correspondents in Africa. As a reporter he worked in conflict and war zones like DR Congo, Somalia and Southern Sudan.

Falk HARTIG, postdoctoral researcher at Frankfurt University, studied Sinology and Journalism at Leipzig University. His PhD thesis at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane focused on China’s public diplomacy and Confucius Institutes. From 2007 to 2009 he was deputy chief editor of Kulturaustausch (“Cultural Exchange”), Germany’s leading magazine for international relations and cultural exchange.