Carola Richter

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Carola Richter
  • Communication & Media Studies,
  • Journalism Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Media systems; Communication cultures in the MENA region; Social movements and protest; Media and migration; Media use of refugees, media and representation; Foreign news; Public diplomacy; Media literacy

2013 - 2018


Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin

+49 308 385 8898
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About me

Because of my interdisciplinary and regional interest, AGYA has been a wonderful opportunity to get inspired and delve into new and promising fields of research.

I am a communication and media studies scholar with a strong interest in the MENA region and in comparative approaches. In my research, I combine communication studies with political sciences, cultural and area studies. The most rewarding projects were, firstly, a student exchange on “Comparative Perspectives on Refugee Politics” between Germany and Lebanon in 2017. Fieldwork and visits were a true eye-opener for the students and resulted in blog publications and an exhibition. Secondly, the workshop “Learning lessons on reconciliation from Bosnia and Herzegovina” in 2018 was a major turning point for me in understanding problems that post-conflict countries face. As person-in-charge of the Transformation Working Group, I organized our field trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina in which we explored opportunities and pitfalls of reconciliation politics in post-conflict countries and discussed them with scholars from current conflict countries from the Arab World, including Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. As an alumna, I engage in Tandem Projects, like a book publication on Arab Media Systems.

Academic career
2019 - today Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2017 - today Professor for International Communication at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2013 - today Co-founder and member of the Arab-European Association for Media and Communication Researchers (AREACORE)
2011 - 2017 Junior Professor (Associate Professor) for International Communication at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2010 PhD in Communication Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany
2004 - 2010 Research Associate and Doctoral Researcher, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany


My commitment to AGYA
Former AGYA Alumni Co-Speaker 2019-2020
Former Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Transformation'

My advice to future AGYA members:

Be creative and open up for new ideas – then get involved in projects that truly go beyond your regular academic life!