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Dr. Tim Karis

Managing Director, Science & Research

Managing Director, Science & Research

Dr. Tim Karis studied Communication Sciences (Media Studies), Modern History and Public Law in Münster and Amsterdam. At the Münster Cluster of Excellence „Religion and Politics“ he wrote his  PhD-thesis on media portrayals of Islam on the German TV-news-magazine „Tagesthemen“ (Springer VS, 2013). His other publications include papers on discourse theory, particularly focusing the relationship of discourse and mass media. As a postdoc, he worked as a coordinator of  the research group „Religious Pluralism as a Challenge for Religions and Societies“, which is situated at the Center for Islamic Theology in Münster. In his most recent research project, he focuses on the ways religious pluralism can be a challenge for particular aspects of media regulation. For example, there have been debates in Germany about whether or not to give air time on public broadcasting stations to Islamic communities – a privilege hithero reserved for Christian and Jewish groups. This project will compare the regulatory situation as well as related debates in Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

Since April 2015, he is a Postdoch for  he field of „Religion & Media“ at the Käte-Hamburger-Kolleg.

Areas of Research

Religion and mass media, Research Field 'Religion, Media, and Culture', Media Regulation, Sociology of Religion, Discourse Theory

Principal Investigator of CRC 1475 „Metaphors of Religion“

Managing Director, Science & Research of Center for Religious Studies

Coordinator of Euro-Asian History of Religions , Religious Diversity in Present Times , Religious Encounters , Research Focus "Missionary Collections" and CRC 1475 „Metaphors of Religion“

Project Leader of Subproject PR

Administrative Staff of Center for Religious Studies

Member of Research Department of CERES RESEARCH DEPARTMENT

Assessor of CERES Directorate