The second panel “Media & Minorities” discusses current developments in the area of public participation, media visibility and social recognition of ethnic, religious and social minorities. Here, too, the analytical bracket is the German-Indonesian comparison of current transformation processes in both countries, where, on the one hand, democratic core principles are successively institutionalized (e.g. for Indonesia: ratification of international agreements on the protection of human rights; e.g. for Germany: introduction of the confession-oriented Islamic teaching), and on the other hand, in the area of public communication, anti-democratic backward movement can be recorded (e.g. for Indonesia: Java centrism and the extinction of regional media landscapes, e.g. for Germany: anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic hate commentaries on the net). In addition to the reduction of access barriers for minorities in the media production sector, a broader life-world connection of media discourses with the everyday reality of different social groups is to be taken into consideration in the following areas: 1) form of appearances, discourse qualities and communicative potentials for the overall social understanding of minority media, 2) diversification and recruitment procedures of minorities in mainstream media, 3) discussion culture and communicative marginalization on the internet, and 4) racist and right-wing populist perception patterns and communication strategies in private and public spaces. The aim of the introductory speeches and roundtable discussion will be to analyze comparatively advances and recesses as well as paradoxes in the area of media representation and recognition of minorities transnationally, as well as to work out structural similarities and differences.