Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

Interview1 with Professor Monika Reif-Hülser2

Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

Interview1 with Professor Monika Reif-Hülser2

Article excerpt

CD.: Dear Professor Monika Reif -Hülser, welcome to our university, welcome again to Iasi! We are very pleased to have you here, as a guest, a special guest for the Interviewing Series during our Television Cultural Talk-Show called Portrete/ Portraits (a television program broadcasted by Student-Club Television of Apollonia University of Iasi) that is designed to bring in front of our viewers important personalities of cultural and artistic, academic, research and scientific, religious and spiritual, social and political, business, economic and financial life and, in general, people who have success in their career, people who are models for the young generation and not only.

We are also going to provide (especially for our target audience, the young generation), niche reporting, including talk shows with specialists, experts and professionals, as well as celebrities in varied fields such as education, health, fitness, nutrition and alternative healing, beauty, style, fashion, environment, technology (including computers, the Internet and High Tech innovations), women's issues, children's and youth's topics, parenting, relationships, sports, film and culture industry, in general, travel and entertainment, career and job-related issues, perhaps home and garden improvement and maintenance, architecture and design, pets, making (and keeping/ preserving) money (including stocks, investments, retirement, avoiding scams etc.), to mention just a few.

We will focus on the hyperlocal, city, regional, national and international events, bringing in front of our viewers both famous, legendary people (or celebrities) as well as everyday heroes, reporting on people and initiatives that are creating a more sustainable, equitable, healthy and fulfilling world.

If you don't mind, for today's interview, I will start by asking you a few questions about the workshop that you are conducting at our university and I must say, to the viewers, that I am one of the participants to the workshop. First of all, therefore, would you tell us, Professor Hülser, why this title of your workshop: "Negotiating Communication: Theories, Forms, Media?"

M.H.: Yeah, so first of all thank you very much that I can be here, first of all thanks to Apollonia to have invited me to organize the workshop. I have two days experience with the workshop and I like it very much, so I have to say.

What about the title "Negotiating Communication?" I do think that communication is not easily to be defined, so we do not have a(n) once and for all answer what communication is, right? So, therefore, we can come through different media like I suggested, literary texts, films, paintings, works, photographs and so on, to an idea about what they communicate, right?... what they communicate to us; for instance, we started out with the Communication Theory, and we talked about Niklas Luhmann, already some time that he wrote his challenging book about communication, but given this, the ideas that he has in there are still valid and are still I think interesting to be discussed, appropriate to our time.

So, "Negotiating", coming back to your question, means to look from very different perspectives through the topic of communication. We really understand communication as a simple thing, "I talk to you, you talk to me, or we talk to the public" and then there is a communication but it isn't. OK, there is a differentiation, failed communication, successful communication and, of course, we want to have successful as much as possible.

CD.: Thank you very much and I surely hope this interview will be a successful communication approach. Your definition, you know, even if you said there are no strict definitions, and the emphasis on successful communication is wonderful. Communication, as we know, has been derived from the Latin word "communis", meaning to share and we thank you, Professor Hülser, for you sharing with us your knowledge in the field of Communication. …

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