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dr. M. (Marcus) Michaelsen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance
Photographer: Marcus Michaelsen

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
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    I am a researcher affiliated to the programme group Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance. In the academic year 2018-19 I am holding a research fellowship of the Open Technology Fund. My research interests include media and political transformations, digital media activism, and the politics of internet control and governance, with a particular focus on Iran and the Middle East.

    From 2014-2017 I was a postdoc researcher in the UvA research project "Authoritarianism in a Global Age", funded by the ERC. I obtained my PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Erfurt (Germany) with a dissertation on the role of the internet in Iran’s process of political change.  I have a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Université de Provence (France), and I have lived and worked for several years in Iran and Pakistan.

    Key publications:

    Glasius, M. & Michaelsen, M. (2018). Illiberal and Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Sphere. International Journal of Communication 12

    Michaelsen, M. (2018) Exit and Voice in a Digital Age: Iran's Exiled Activists and the Authoritarian State. Globalizations 15 (2). 


  • Publications


    • Glasius, M. E., & Michaelsen, M. (Eds.) (2018). Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age. International Journal of Communication : IJoC, 12.
    • Glasius, M., & Michaelsen, M. (2018). Illiberal and Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Sphere: Prologue. International Journal of Communication : IJoC, 12, 3795–3813. [details]
    • Michaelsen, M. (2018). Exit and Voice in a Digital Age: Iran's Exiled Activists and the Authoritarian State. Globalizations, 15(2), 248-264. [details]
    • Michaelsen, M., & Glasius, M. (2018). Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age: Introduction. International Journal of Communication : IJoC, 12, 3788-3794. [details]


    • Michaelsen, M. (2017). Far Away, So Close: Transnational Activism, Digital Surveillance and Authoritarian Control in Iran. Surveillance & Society, 15(3-4), 465-470. [details]


    • Michaelsen, M. (2015). The Politics of Online Journalism in Iran. In Babak Rahimi & David Faris (Ed.), Socia Media in Iran: Politics and Society after 2009 (pp. 101-122). Albany: SUNY Press.


    • Michaelsen, M. (2008). Iran. Media System. In Wolfgang Donsbach (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


    • Michaelsen, M. (2006). Howze en ligne: La vitrine virtuelle des clercs de Qom. Reseaux, The French Journal of Communication, 24(135-136).



    • Michaelsen, M. (2015). Beyond the ‘Twitter Revolution’: Digital Media and Political Change in Iran. In P. Weibel (Ed.), Global Activism. Art and Conflict in the 21st Century (pp. 384-395). Cambridge: MIT Press.
    • Michaelsen, M. (2015). Changing Media Practices in a Digital Age: An Introduction. In N. Schneider, & C. Richter (Eds.), New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World (pp. 307-317). Baden-Baden: Nomos.


    • Michaelsen, M. (2014). Creating Critical Counterpublics: Digital Media in Pakistan's Media Landscape. In Christoph Schmidt (Ed.), Pakistan's Media Landscape: The Effects of Liberalization Leipzig: Vistas.


    • Michaelsen, M. (2013). Wir sind die Medien: Internet und politischer Wandel in Iran. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.


    • Michaelsen, M. (2011). Election Fallout. Iran's Exiled Journalists on their Struggle for Democratic Change. Berlin: Hans Schiler Verlag.
    • Michaelsen, M. (2011). Linking up for Change: The Internet and Social Movements in Iran. In Nadja-Christina Schneider, & Bettina Gräf (Eds.), Social Dynamics 2.0: Researching Change in Times of Media Convergence Berlin: Frank & Timme Verlag.



    • Michaelsen, M. (2012). [Review of: J. Kelly, B. Etling. Mapping Iran’s Online Public: Politics and Culture in the Iranian Blogosphere.]. Iranian Studies, 45(2).


    • Michaelsen, M. (2011). New Media vs. Old Politics: The Internet, Social Media, and Democratisation in Pakistan. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
    • Michaelsen, M. (2011). [Review of: Rainer Winter. Widerstand im Netz. Zur Herausbildung einer transnationalen Öffentlichkeit durch netzbasierte Kommunikation]. Global Media Journal. German Edition, 1(1).
    • Michaelsen, M. (2011). Über Kommunikation zum Wandel? In Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Ed.), Iran und die Neuen Medien - Herausforderungen für den Auslandsrundfunk Stuttgart.


    • Michaelsen, M. (2009). Entgleiste Revolution? Die iranischen Präsidentschaftswahlen und ihre Folgen. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.


    • Michaelsen, M. (2008). Sieg ohne Erfolg? Ahmadinejads schwierige politische Zukunft. Zu den Parlamentswahlen in Iran. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
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