Fellow Dr. Evelyn Runge

Dr. Evelyn Runge

Universität zu Köln

  Fellow am CAIS from Oktober 2019 to März 2020


Photojournalism on Twitter. The Transformation of Social and Legal Norms.

My CAIS project investigates the social and legal changes of photojournalism on and through social media. The focus is on Twitter as an exchange platform for news photos: Uploaded eyewitness material, for example from terrorist attacks and natural disasters, is the starting point for my research project. Twitter conversations after these uploads show that picture editors turn to (amateur) photographers to request permission to use the pictures in journalistic publications – for an unlimited period and free of charge. One of my goals is to investigate to what extent copyright and terms of use are influenced by social media companies, photo sharing platforms and journalistic needs: What is the status of the digital image in changing social and legal practices?

I am also interested in ethical issues of the digital image, including the renewal of press codes on photojournalistic practices and photo editorial decisions: So far, press codes have hardly taken into account digital photos in journalism.

Main Research Topics
  • Digital (Visual) Culture
  • Global Media Studies, with accentuation on Photojournalism and Politics
  • Media Ethics
  • Media sociology
  • Image Circulation, Production and Distribution
Curriculum Vitae
  • As of April 2020 Principal Investigator „Behind the Digital Image“, project leader within the Priority Program „The Digital Image“, German Research Foundation DFG (SPP 2172); Institute of Media Culture and Theatre, Cologne University
  • Oct. 2019 – March 2020 Research Fellow at CAIS, Center for Advanced Internet Studies, Bochum
  • Oct. 2015 – Sept. 2019 PI and Research Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Stiftungsfond BMBF)
  • Oct. 2017 – Sept. 2019   Truman Institute Research Fellow, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2011 – 2016 Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (member)
Publications and presentations
  • Runge E. und Vowinckel A. (2019, im Erscheinen). Israel, Palestine and German Contemporary History. Special Issue Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History, 3. https://zeithistorische-forschungen.de/.
  • Runge, E. (2019). The Family of Man. Education through Photography, Travelling in Time and Space. Teaching Visual Literacy in Seminars, Artistic Tutorials, and Field Research. In: IMAGE. Interdisciplinary Journal of Image Science, 30: 46-57. bit.ly/2RuCzzn.
  • Runge, E. (2018). Bilddatenbanken, Social Media und Artificial Intelligence. In: POP. Kultur und Kritik, 12: 108-113. https://mediarep.org/handle/doc/4077.
  • Runge, E. (2016). Ökonomie der Fotografie: Betrachtungen zum globalen Markt der Bilder. In:    Medienwissenschaft: Rezensionen, 3: 274-296. doi.org/10.17192/ep2016.3.5979 .
  • Runge, E. und Haarkötter, H. (2016). Motor / Reise. Basiswissen für die Medienpraxis. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag. https://www.halem-verlag.de/motor-reise/.
  • Runge, E. (2014). Negative Ethik und Fotografie. Über Sehen und Blindheit. In: Henning Ottmann/Stefano Saracino/Peter Seyferth (Hg.): Gelassenheit. Und andere Versuche zur negativen Ethik. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 257 – 280. www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-643-12552-1.
  • Runge, E. (2012). Glamour des Elends. Ethik, Ästhetik und Sozialkritik bei Sebastião Salgado und Jeff Wall. Köln: Böhlau Verlag.