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Master Programme in Media and Area Studies (MARS)

05.03.2020 15:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Charles University in Prague

We would like to ask you to help us a bit with spreading the word about our new academic Master Programme in Media and Area Studies (MARS) at Charles University in Prague.

You will have to forgive us for being quite proud of this new project. If you find this email too intrusive, please simply delete it. We will not bother you again – this is a one-time mailing.

But in case you are interested in this project, which combines an interest in media and politics with a strong emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe and on the European Union, extending to other social spheres as well, we have produced a 25-seconds video about it, which you can find here: We also built a MARS website, which is at

(Potential) students can now apply to this Master Programme, and we would appreciate it, if you could help us with finding (some of) them. You can find a bit more information below, which can be easily forwarded/posted.

In case you want to help us more, you can also download and distribute the additional material about the MARS MA programme:

An A3 poster:

An A4 booklet:

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the new Programme Coordinator, Jan Miessler at

The Master in Media and Area Studies (MARS) combines two important contemporary fields of study: Media Studies and Area Studies. This combination provides in-depth and critical knowledge about processes of mediation and signification, and how space and geography - the political and social specificities of an area - intersect with them.

The backbone of MARS is a groundedness in Prague, the Czech Republic, Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union. This enables for two particular spatial focal points, which provide the backbone of the MARS programme, namely Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union. At the same time, MARS avoids an exclusive focus on Central and Eastern Europe, and offers (mostly but not exclusively through the electives) knowledge about other European regions, or about Europe as a whole. A second extension relates to more transnational and transcultural approaches, moving away from the logics of nation-state homogeneity, with emphasis on internal conflict and exclusion. This MARS backbone is combined with and strengthened by two main components: A theoretical component, which consists out of a combination of post-colonial theory, media sociology, memory studies and political geography. Moreover, also a methodological component provides the required support. These two focal points and the theoretical and methodological components structure the MARS programme.

MARS will enable a thorough understanding of the role of context. Media (and communication) studies has a long tradition of emphasizing the importance of context, in dealing, for instance, with media production, content and interpretation/reception. And, of course, contexts are also spatial. Regions and countries, with their imagined communities, their politics, their institutional structures, their insides and outsides, are particular, and they impact in particular ways on media (infra)structures, media content and audience practices. MARS will generate a better understanding of the complexity of this context. Regions and countries are not internally homogeneous, and they cannot be studied in isolation and as structurally different from other regions and countries. MARS still takes into consideration that these regions and countries are particular socio-political and cultural entities that have characterizing but complex (and sometimes contradictory) particularities, which are extremely significant for the study of the media spheres that are embedded in these regions and countries.

MARS is a MA programme at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). It is organised as a collaboration between the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism (ICSJ FSV UK) and the Institute of International Studies (IIS FSV UK). More information can be found at For a short video impression of the MARS, see



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