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About UsPablo Porten-Cheé

Junior Professor of “Communication Studies and Information Society in Ibero-America”

Affiliation: Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies - HCIAS
Co-operation: Faculty of Modern Languages, Institute for Translation and Interpreting

Tel.: +49 (0)6221 54-19337
E-Mail: pablo.porten-chee(at)uni-heidelberg.de

Pablo Porten-Cheé is a communication researcher who earned his Ph.D. from the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf studying the effects of media content on everyday face-to-face and online conversations. Since April 2021, he is Junior Professor for Communication Studies at Heidelberg University with an emphasis on information societies in Latin America.

 Pablo Porten-Cheé began his career in research at the Ilmenau University of Technology, contributed to communications research at the University Düsseldorf for several years, and worked at the University of Zurich’s Department of Communication and Media Research. Before he joined Heidelberg University, he was a postdoc at Berlin’s Freie Universität at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies. He also led the research group “Digital Citizenship” at the Weizenbaum Institute for the networked society (WI). He is an associate researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute and a project fellow for “NOHATE” (both funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

Complete CV Pablo Porten-Cheé

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Pablo Porten-Cheé

Research

At the HCIAS, Pablo Porten-Cheé is focused primarily on online communication in Latin America and the effect it has on individuals. Dissatisfaction with democracy and the spread of misinformation online are two current challenges being faced by the somewhat fragile information societies of Latin America. His primary research interests are focused accordingly on how users react to misinformation in social media or how political narratives (such as online petitions) can motivate people to participate in politics. His research interests lean in towards the study of political communication under the conditions of a digitalized media world. His current projects deal in particular with the factors affecting political participation and opinion formation online.

Research in Progress

  • Political participation and media use of the Latin-American community in the US: In this collaborative project, under the direction of Prof. Alcides Velásquez (University of Kansas), the political participation and media use of members of the Latin-American community in the USA are being studied. The two objectives of this study are to shine a light on the conditions for political engagement in a growing community, as well as study and expand the knowledge on contextual repertoires in the study of communication (since 2021).
  • Digital Citizenship: The goal of this research program is to observe the long-term change in political participation under digital media conditions and takes interest in the ever-changing factors contributing to political participation on an individual level (esp. citizenship norms). This research program is led by Prof. Martin Emmer (FU Berlin/Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society) and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (since 2017).
  • Public discourse on the pandemic in Latin America. Awareness, understanding, and social attitudes: A case study on Argentina: The goal of this cooperative project is to analyze the socio-communicative dynamics of discourse on the COVID-19 pandemic in educational contexts in Argentina. In order to understand the discursive construction of social representations, both, the discourses on education produced by the media as well as the discourses of the educational institutions themselves and their political representatives are being studied. This project is funded by the DAAD (lead PI Francisco Moreno-Fernández).

Recent Presentations and Media Contributions

Table

  • Emmer, M., Strippel, C., Porten-Cheé, P., & Toth, R. (2022). Typologies of political online participation – illustrative snapshots or substantial research strategy? Conference “Quo vadis Digital Democracy? Strengthening and Preserving Democracy in the Digital Age” organized by the NRW Graduate School Digital Society, Bonn.
  • Porten-Cheé, P., Velásquez, A., & Muddiman, A. (2022). Media use, political discussion, and discursive citizenship norms of U.S. Latinx. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Montréal.

Teaching

Winter Semester 2022/2023

  • Communication and Public Spheres in Ibero-America
  • Practicing quantitative data analysis

HCIAS Course Catalog Winter Semester 2022/2023

CONTACT

Pablo Porten-Cheé

Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies - HCIAS
Brunnengasse 1 69117, Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 54-19337
E-Mail: pablo.porten-chee(at)uni-heidelberg.de

Office Hours

Schedule a meeting at pablo.porten-chee(at)uni-heidelberg.de
Brunnengasse 1, Room 005