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.

  • Textbooks focus on extremism

    Dr Eleni Christodoulou, a researcher at the GEI, spoke to 'Die Welt' newspaper about the way in which German textbooks are tackling diverse forms of extremism, and presented the initial findings from her new study. Read more

  • The persistence of anti-Semitic sentiment in textbooks

    Dr Dirk Sadowski, a research fellow at the GEI was among those interviewed for an article by Spiegel Online regarding the criticism levelled at German textbooks by Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Read more

  • Climate change and migration – Tobias Ide speaks to ‘20 Minuten’

    ‘People will continue to come to Europe over the next 50 years due to political discrimination, violence or poverty’ according to Tobias Ide, a political scientist at the GEI. Climate change may intensify the rationale for migration, but will not become its leading cause. Read more

  • #MeTwo: ‘The topic should be included in textbooks’

    In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Riem Spielhaus discusses #MeTwo, the current debate about racism and why the topic should be addressed in textbooks. Read more

  • Religious education in schools in the context of religious, philosophical and ideological plurality

    Riem Spielhaus and Zrinka Štimac are working with the Federal Agency for Civic Education to illustrate options and approaches that address how religious education in schools can best adjust to increasing religious, philosophical and ideological diversity. Read more

  • Questions on textbooks answered for children

    Who defines what appears in textbooks? And who decides which textbooks are to be used in lessons? These were some of the questions answered by Eckardt Fuchs in an interview with Kakadu, the children’s radio programme by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Read more

  • International understanding begins at school

    Eckhardt Fuchs and Dirk Sadowski spoke to the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur on the influence textbooks can have on international understanding and the role played by international textbook commissions (interview in German). Read more

  • globalDAS: Global Citizenship at German Schools Abroad

    The globalDAS project-team visited three German schools located outside Germany: in Dublin, Seoul and Silicon Valley, and produced a short video about the schools and their pupils. Read more


    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