Media Coverage

Media reports play an important part in the communication process between academia and society. We therefore pay close attention to the ways in which our work is portrayed by the press, radio and on television. Some example extracts can be viewed on these web-pages. Press reports also provide a certain documentation of the Institute's history. Such background information about the activities of the GEI can be found here.

We are also a member of the Academic Information Service (idw). Interesting press releases, both regional and trans-regional, are available either on these web-pages or in the archive.


    Inaccurate or fragmented depictions of topics in textbooks can contribute to ethnic tension, discrimination against specific social groups and can even stoke violent extremism. UNESCO and the GEI have produced a guide outlining how subjects such as religion, gender and culture can be presented in textbooks in a manner that encourages mutual respect and promotes peace. Read more

  • Climate Change and Conflict

    Tobias Ide spoke to Swiss broadcasting company SRF on the reasons why he believes certain studies on climate change and the resulting potential for conflict are problematic Read more

  • Das Schulbuch der Zukunft

    Am 6.1.2018 erschien in der taz ein Artikel zum Schulbuch der Zukunft. Interview-Partner war Felicitas Macgilchrist, Leiterin der Abteilung Schulbuch als Medium. Read more

  • Deutsche Schulen bei Digitalisierung abgehängt

    Im Rahmen der didcata 2018 berichtete die Südwest Presse über das digitale Schulbuch und den Umgang damit in deutschen Schulen. Felicitas Macgilchrist, Leiterin der Abteilung Schulbuch als Medium am GEI plädierte dabei für eine differenzierte Betrachtungsweise der Gesamtsituation zwischen Schulen, Verlagen und Schülerinnen und Schülern. Read more

  • Accurate knowledge in the age of ‘fake news’

    To mark the announcement of the winning entries for Textbook of the Year 2018 Eckhardt Fuchs took the opportunity to speak to the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur about what exemplifies a good textbook. Read more

  • Heroism in Textbooks

    As part of the ‘Different Wars’ exhibition Robert Maier, head of the Europe department at the GEI, was interviewed for an article in Der Tagespiegel newspaper about current developments in history textbooks, which focussed particularly on the textbook market in eastern Europe. Read more

  • ‘Jihad’ does not only mean ‘Holy War’

    Riem Spielhaus, head of the Textbooks and Society department at the GEI explains in the Braunschweiger Zeitung that ‘Jihad’ does not automatically mean ‘holy war’, and describes the full spectrum of meanings behind the term. Read more

  • Der Islam und die Evolutionstheorie

    Warum sich der Islam mit der Evolutionstheorie schwer tut und wie man beide doch noch miteinander vereinen kann, das diskutiert Deutschlandfunk und lässt dabei den GEI-Mitarbeiter Engin Deniz Yorulmaz zu Wort kommen. Read more

  • Digital media in German schools abroad

    Felicitas Macgilchrist, head of the Textbooks as Media department, discusses the many dimensions of digital media implementation and use in German schools abroad and outlines her research project at three such schools. The interview, with Andreas Müllauer, can be found on pages 42 to 44 of the magazine ‘Begegnung’. Read more

  • Migration: A Chapter of its own

    Riem Spielhaus, head of the Textbooks and Society department gave a lecture in the Stuttgart city library on prejudices and negative clichés expressed in textbooks about people with migrant backgrounds. Read more