SummerSchool 2017: Understanding Arab Media - More than Facebook and Al-Jazeera

From July 3rd until July 8th the SummerSchool “Understanding Arab Media – More than Facebook and Al-Jazeera” took place at Freie Universität Berlin. 20 participants from 9 Arab countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia and Yemen were invited. Together with students of the FU-Master programs “Media and Political Communication” and “Global Communication & International Journalism”, the participants worked together in intercultural teams in order to create digital learning material about Arab Media.

The SummerSchool was preceded by a regular university course “Comparing Arab Media Systems” at Freie Universität Berlin during summer term 2017. During this course German students intensively examined the role of media in Arab countries. They jointly developed research questions on the peculiarities of Arab media systems in virtual sessions with their partners from the involved Arab countries who joined in the subsequent SummerSchool.

Focus of the course was a comparative perspective on different Arab Media systems, as well as a better understanding for the transnational and global dynamics that emanate from this region of the world.

The SummerSchool in July enabled both students of the FU and of the Arab partner universities to work jointly together on the project. In the near future, the produced short educational videos will be uploaded onto our learning platform “International Media Systems.

screenshot of the eLearning platform

Behind the innovative eLearing platform “International Media Systems” stands the university network “AREACORE – The Arab-European Association for Media and Communication Researchers”. The platform provides audio-visual material about the various media systems of the Arab world, gives an comprehensive overview over each country and enables a comparative view on Arab media systems. Learning material on 9 countries is found on the permanently updated platform, created with the expert knowledge of our Arab partners.

The SummerSchool was supported within the framework of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities' Transformation Working Group and was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 


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Tuesday, 4.7.17 Wednesday, 5.7.17 Thursday, 6.7.17 Friday, 7.7.17


Campus-Tour of

Freie University



Workshop I

9:30 - 10:30

Excursion: MICT

"Cooperating with 

Arab Journalists"



Film Production

Workshop II


Welcome and Introduction



 Excursion: DW-Deutsche Welle

"Media production

for the Arab world"



"Current Issues

of Arab Media"



Excursion: Press Conference

of the German Government 

"Journalism and Politics

in Germany"



Excursion: Amal Berlin

"Syrian journalists

in Germany"


Excursion: Die Medienanstalten

"Regulation of Private

Broadcasting in Germany"