This international project team is composed of early career researchers and PhD candidates, based at Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic. On this page we offer a glimpse into our academic and personal interests. Get in touch with us if you would like to know more about our work.
Annamária Neag, PhD
I am the Principal Investigator for this project, based at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism. Before joining CU, I was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Bournemouth University, UK, where I researched the topic of media literacy education for unaccompanied refugee youth. I also worked at the University of Nottingham in China and at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. My different projects are interconnected by a focus on media literacy and the skills necessary to live as fully as possible in a mediated world. I am keen on international collaborations and on open access publishing in academia.
I was drawn to this project because I am very interested in civic activism and how children are being represented in the media (but not only). I believe that the topic of climate change is of great significance, and I try to do my best to play a part in tackling this (from selective waste collection to planting trees or buying locally produced food). My hope is that this research project, building on participatory methods, will make children and young people’s struggles more visible.
Jana Rosenfeldová, PhD candidate
I am a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, where I am also doing my PhD in Media Studies with a dissertation project focused on a comparative analysis of public debates about the European Union. Besides, I am an external lecturer at the Metropolitan University in Prague. Before joining academia, I worked as a brand manager for an international company.
There are several reasons why I decided to get involved in this project. It combines different methodological approaches, it is international cooperation, and it covers two of my main research interests – online political communication and children’s media literacy. Above all, however, children and youth digital activism is an exciting topic for me as a mother of three who are just getting to the age at which they actively use the media, especially social networks.
Markéta Supa, PhD
I am an Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Media Studies Department at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (CU), an Affiliated Faculty of Media Education Lab (USA) and a Fellow of Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (UK). I received a Ph.D. (fully-funded) from Bournemouth University (UK, 2015). I am also a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK), EU’s NESET Advisory Expert on Education, EU’s National Expert on Media Literacy in the Czech Republic, and the Chairman of the Research Ethics Committee at the Faculty of Social Sciences (CU).
My main research interest is in media experience of children living and learning in diverse sociocultural contexts. I especially enjoy developing and trying out diverse ways of engaging children and youth in research. This Primus project thus combines a number of my interests such as social construction of childhood, children’s digital literacy and global citizenship, and participatory research, to mention but a few. Recently, I have entered a first-hand account of childhood by becoming a mother of a wonderful being and becoming, Jindřich. We live together with my husband Rosťa and our German Shepherd Rhea in the culturally rich city of Prague, but we also love to spend time in nature and to hike. This is another reason why this project about environmental movement is close to my heart.
Anna Vancsó, PhD candidate (on maternity leave)
I am a PhD candidate of sociology at Corvinus University of Budapest. I have been teaching sociology of religion, text and content analysis at the university as a guest lecturer. Besides the academic sphere I have been working for small companies in Budapest as a media and network analyst. My research interest covers the role of religion in the public sphere, with a special focus on its presence in the online media and its relation to the representation of political issues. I am currently participating in the project MEDIATIZED EU – Mediatized Discourses on Europeanization and Their Representations in Public Perceptions as a junior researcher. I have published book chapters and articles in international journals in the field of sociology of religion, migration and the media.
I have joined this project to use and strengthen my methodological knowledge in text analytics – both qualitative and quantitative – in a field I find extremely important to understand, namely the way media representation, interpretations and the online media discourses affect the image of social groups.
Lenka Vochocová , PhD
I am a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, where I graduated in journalism and media studies. My research interests cover the fields of political economy of communication, gender media studies, public sphere theories and online political expression. I currently focus mostly on political expression in the digital public sphere and on intolerant belief systems and their intersection in the online communication. I have been a member of the Gender expert chamber of the Czech Republic since 2015 and a vice-chair of the ECREA CEE Network since 2016.
In the Primus project I can develop my interests in the online communication and its exclusionary tendencies and, above all, it enables me to study in-dept various prejudices against and ways of exclusion of the young activists. As a mother of two, a beekeeper and a hobby permaculture farmer I am personally interested in public representations of activist children and youth participating in the political debate about the environment protection and thus literally about their future.
I am a third-year PhD student at Corvinus University of Budapest and a junior researcher at the Climate Policy Institute (Hungary). A relentless sense of responsibility towards both our society and our natural environment inspired me some years ago to immerse in the social aspects of climate change. As a very first step in this journey I wrote my first paper: “Greta Thunberg vs. Severn Cullis-Suzuki. The Green Prophets of the Digital Agora.” Shortly thereafter I realized that what I wanted to say was not going to fit into that eighty pages – and this is where my PhD years started. Besides that, I hold university lectures for three years now such as Media Communication, Communication Training and Business Negotiations. Since I am a linguist, I am also fascinated to find out more on how the media, different generations and grassroot movements talk about and conceptualize the climate change issue.
I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Faculty
of Social Sciences, Charles University. My research interest covers the use of digital media by
minorities and children, with primary focus on their integration, multiculturalism and social
identity. In the research projects, I like to communicate with the participants, thus my favourite
data collection methods are in-depth interviews and focus groups. During my studies I have
been a member of research teams of several grant projects in the field of media studies and
journalism. I have also published articles in international journals in the field of media studies
and journalism, and presented at conferences e.g., the Media Education Summit.
This research project is dealing with very important topic of our time. Compared to my
colleagues, I do not have any children, but I do have a couple of lovely nieces, I would like
for them to have (not only) knowledge and tools necessary to know how to use the digital
space and to not be afraid to participate and get involved in topics important for them. In
addition, the project is related to my research interest. I am grateful to have a chance to try
different methods and to join an international research team. For us PhD candidates it is really
important to collaborate with our more experienced colleagues to learn and gain the
knowledge in the research field.