Tunisia / France – Centre d'Analyse et de Recherches Interdisciplinaire sur les medias (CARISM), L'Institut Français de Presse, l'Université Paris II

Brief description of the legal entity

The Centre d'Analyse et de Recherches Interdisciplinaire sur les Medias (CARISM) is a research centre at L’Institut Français de Presse (IFP), University Paris II. CARISM/IFP is a prestigious institute for academic media research but also well known for its practical training. Along with its strong emphasis on international cooperation, CARISM’s main research themes deal with the production processes of media contents, the internationalisation of media and communication, and the use of new information and communication technologies. Interdisciplinary research, an important goal of CARISM, focuses on collaborations between scholars specialised in economy, law, sociology, history and semiotics of the media. CARISM hosts an annual research workshop and various conferences and also engages in collaborative research with private and public institutions. CARISM, established in 1937 is the oldest centre of media studies in France. It is the research centre of the Institut Français de Presse (IFP), which is a department of the highly prestigious University Panthéon-Assas Paris II.

CARISM is involved in cooperative research programs with several institutions in France, such as the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), France Telecom R&D and several French universities. It has also developed close research links with several universities in Europe, North America, and the South. Furthermore, half a dozen foreign scholars from various countries are invited every year to teach for one or two months at the IFP.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

As researcher from Tunisia, Riadh Ferjani is an expert for the development of Arab media and therefore will be concerned with the analysis of innovative online MAS tools in the Arab World. His research focuses on several topics relevant for MediaAcT such as the state’s role in controlling media markets and the importance of international actors (states and firms) for MAS in the Arab World. Dr. Ferjani’s research expertise in Tunisia combined with CARISM’s institutional capacities (interdisciplinary research teams, collaboration between media and university etc.) in France make him and his team an excellent partner for the MediaAcT project.

Short profile of the staff member

Riadh Ferjani, PhD, is a senior lecturer at CARISM. He is also associate professor at, the University of Manouba-Tunis. Between 2003 and 2007 he was also lecturer in media sociology at the Mediterranean School of Advanced Studies, University of Pavia/University of Tunis. Among his publications are articles and books on the economic conditions of television in Tunisia, the relationship between religion and television in the Arab World, and the social impact of mass media and Information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the Arab World.

Josiane Jouët, PhD, is professor in media sociology Institut Français de Presse, Paris II University and the Head of CARISM. From 2004-2009 she was also the director of the Institut Français de Presse. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Paris V University; a Master of Science in Journalism, Columbia University, New York and a degree of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

About MediaAcT

MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.


Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties


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