Lena Fölsche

Lena Fölsche

Research Fellow

Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Nikolaistraße 27-29, Room 5.01
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35704
Fax: +49 341 97-35749


Lena Fölsche M.A. is a research associate at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at Leipzig University. Before, she worked as a research associate and lecturer at the universities of Chemnitz, Bremen and Lüneburg. Outside academia, she worked in marketing at the Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden and as a freelance journalist. Her PhD project is on mediatization in art fields.

Areas of Research: media sociology, mediatization, media practices, big data

Memberships: DGPuK, ECREA, ICA

Professional career

  • since 10/2020
    Research associate at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at Leipzig University
  • 10/2019 - 09/2020
    Research associate at the Institute for Media Research at Chemnitz University of Technology
  • 09/2018
    Organization of the DGPuK-Nachwuchstag 2018 at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at University of Bremen
  • 03/2017 - 09/2019
    Research associate at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at University of Bremen
  • 05/2016 - 03/2017
    Graduate assistant and lecturer at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 09/2009 - 05/2016
    Freelance journalist


  • 07/2014 - 08/2015
    Trainee at Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden | Public Relations/Marketing
  • 10/2007 - 05/2014
    Studies of journalism, art history and German philology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 05/2014
    M.A. thesis on "What is art and who decides? An experimental study on the formation of aesthetic value judgements with a special focus on the role of media"
  • 03/2009 - 06/2013
    Internships in the fields of print and online journalism, editorial office for fiction, business consultancy /public relations; student assistant and tutor at the Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Media Capital. Mediatized Positions and Resources in Contemporary German and British Art Fields.

Dissertation project | Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold

The study traces artists', gallerists' and art school teachers' perceptions of and experiences with mediatization. In semi-structured interviews and observations in the art fields of Hamburg and Lodon, media-related transformation processes were identified and evaluated by the interviewees. Theoretically, the study was guided by a newly developed mediatization model, which focuses on the field-theoretical concepts of media capital and media doxa. Media capital is a resource of empowerment, enabling actors to improve their social position and advance their careers. However, it must also be accumulated and used to comply with media doxa. That is all the media-related expectations that must be met in order to be or become a member of the art field.

In recent projects I have worked on the discursive and visual representation of Big Data.

Conception and teaching of B.A. courses in the following areas: qualitative and quantitative research methods, arts, media and mediatization, theories of media culture, media systems and their history, public relations, journalism, propaedeutics


  • Seminar: Uncomfortable Media Culture(s)

  • Seminar: Public Relations

  • Seminar: Basics of qualitative empirical social and communication research

  • Seminar: Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Media System and Media Change

  • Seminar: Introduction to standardized procedures

  • Seminar: Media and art = media art? Media forms of practice by artists

  • Propaedeutic 1: Introduction to scientific work

  • Seminar: Equity in the Arts

  • Journalistisches Praxisseminar zur medialen Begleitung der Startwoche Seminar: Journalistic practical seminar for media support of the start week

  • Seminar: Living in a media world: theoretical and artistic approaches