The Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at Charles University is one of the partners of the Eumeplat Research Programme. At ICSJ, we are studying how localized media platforms such as YouTube, NewsFeed or Netflix influence our perceptions of “European identity”.
We are studying how media platforms or TV series on streaming services contribute to the ideas that we have about Europe and to what it means to be European. We are looking at anti-European fake news, the representations of immigration and gender in European media, and the struggle between US-based platforms and European policies. The project points out that the European dimension has never been obvious in the media landscape. This manifests itself at various levels in the so-called creative industry. The film industry counts more on national productions or cultural imports from the most influential countries, while American companies own commercial web platforms.
The interdisciplinary approach includes a historical analysis of the European media and its legislation and a theoretical prediction grounded in data to highlight possible changes in the European media landscape. With the help of all partners from different European countries, we believe we will reach a deeper understanding of what European culture and media mean in the 21st century.
More about the Research Programme
The project, funded in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Programme, runs from March 2021 to February 2024. It is coordinated by IULM-International University of Language and Media (Italy). It gathers 11 other partners from 10 countries: Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow Institut (Germany), New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), UNIMED-Mediterranean Universities Union (Italy), Foundation for the Open University of Catalonia (Spain), Ghent University (Belgium), Bilkent University (Turkey), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), IKED Association (Sweden), Charles University (Czech Republic).
The main goal of the project is to analyze the role of media platforms in shaping a European identity, to identify best practices, and provide policy-makers with a better understanding of critical aspects of the contemporary media landscape.