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2020

The President

An extraordinary summer semester is coming to an end

The lecture period in this extraordinary summer semester is coming to an end, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all very much.

Media anthropology

Defending dignity in a digital world

Sahana Udupa studies the sociopolitical impact of digital media, with a focus on the dynamics of extreme rhetoric on online platforms. She has already received two prestigious grants from the European Research Council for her work.

Campaigner Trump

"Not capable of winning a majority at the moment"

Riots, coronavirus, downturn: The incumbent US president is anything but a master in overcoming the triple crisis. Michael Hochgeschwender, specialist in American studies, on the prospects for a change of government

Plant immunology

Tackling the olive-tree killer

LMU cell biologist and geneticist Silke Robatzek studies how plants become immune to bacterial infections – and how pathogens subvert these defenses. She recently received a prestigious grant from the European Research Council.

Understanding How Society Ticks

Max Weber was a pioneer of sociology, and his writings have had a huge influence. He spent the last year of his life at LMU – closely attuned to the social upheavals that followed the First World War. He died in Schwabing 100 years ago.

April 1945

A New Beginning

American troops closed LMU 75 years ago – as most of its faculty members had supported the Nazis. Pragmatism later won the day, when it became clear that, without teachers, universities could scarcely inculcate democratic values.

Journalism Studies

Media Responses to the Corona Crisis

LMU communications specialist Thomas Hanitzsch talks about growing repression of journalists and censorship of reporting on the current pandemic in many parts of the world, and a notable thematic convergence in German media.

Corona crisis

Race against time

LMU virologist Gerd Sutter talks about the complex task of developing a vaccine against the new coronavirus – and the approach he has adopted, which is already being tested against the related coronavirus MERS.

Contemporary history

Media and mise-en-scène

Historians at LMU are tracing the origins of modern high society. Their findings show that the basic principles that underlie Facebook’s business model and influencer-based marketing go back to the early years of the 20th century

DAAD Prize

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Back home in Syria, Samh Yousef could not have imagined that he would appear on German television. But those who set themselves a goal and steadfastly pursue it have already won half the battle.

Climate change

The burden of risk

Storm, flood, drought: With global warming, extreme events become more frequent and intense. They especially impact the poorest of the poor. Geographer Matthias Garschagen examines how urban societies can adapt to climate change.

Supramolecular Chemistry

Playing with Diverse Identities

Ivan Huc’s specialty might best be termed molecular mimicry. He designs and builds synthetic analogs of biomolecules that retain the essential features of their models, while exhibiting properties beyond those seen in nature.

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