MA Transcultural Studies

Welcome to the MATS website! MATS is short for “Transcultural Studies MA”. MATS is a transdisciplinary program offered by the departments of Anthropology and Cultural Research, Religious Studies, and Literature Studies at University of Bremen since 2008.

MATS, that is contemporary social and cultural anthropology of modern societies.
MATS, that is postcolonial transformation, international links, and globalization.
MATS, that is transdisciplinary analysis informed by cultural, literature and religious studies approaches. MATS looks at relations of exchange, interlinkage, and innovation, as well as inequality and violence. It looks at the historical and political dimensions of transcultural processes and their specificity in different locations.
MATS focuses on research questions at the intersections of postcolonial studies and science and technology studies (STS). MATS engages in studying contemporary literature, visual culture and performativity. Urgent questions of post-migrant societies and ethnic plurality are tackled in the context of regimes, (super)diversity und critical whiteness research. A main focus of MATS research and teaching are cities and infrastructures (megacities, port cities, energy, resources, and disaster), as well as transnational organizations and regimes (NGOs, fair trade). Borders, coast and sea, and environmental debates are core areas of our transdisciplinary project NatureCultures (NaturenKulturen).

The first year introduces theoretical dimensions of Transcultural Studies in different disciplines. At the same time, the practical skills are being developed. In the second semester of the first year you will start working with qualitative research methods. You will use ethnography for your own empirical research project and hermeneutic text analysis to extend your comprehensive and interpretative skills. In the second year of study you choose your own focus areas and deepen your understanding of specific transcultural phenomena – in active preparation of the MA thesis.

MATS has an international focus. You will develop your individual study profile which can include stays abroad, language skills, or self-organized internships or projects abroad. We cooperate with partner universities in Russia, Mexico, Turkey and South Africa. We offer regular excursions and international exchanges and have distinguished guest professors visiting from different countries to teach during summer. International students are very welcome. We place high emphasis on English medium courses and continuously extend our teaching in English language.

We are specifically proud to offer you the opportunity to earn a DOUBLE DEGREE in conjunction with Kadir Has University in Istanbul. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) generously funds your stay in Istanbul. The double degree program allows you to earn two degrees at the same time: an MA in Transcultural Media Studies from Kadir-Has University AND an MA in Transcultural Studies from the University of Bremen. The Istanbul stay allows you to extend your own experience with transnational and transcultural relations – while living in one of the most fascinating places in terms of cultural diversity and cultural change. At the same time, you work towards a unique professional qualification that is not offered anywhere else in Germany.
The application criteria you find here.

Are you interested in the MATS program?
We are looking forward to German and international applicants. The online application deadline is June 15th each year for winter semester intake (in mid October). The necessary documents (see: Datenbank Studium: “Aufnahmeordnung” /enrolment regulation) include academic transcripts (degree certificates) and language certificates, and importantly also a letter of motivation. You should be able to elaborate on your motivation to choose our program, and state if you aim to enrol into the double degree program with Istanbul.

You will find more information on the following pages. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to directly contact the people listed in the sections “application”, “organization”, and “student advice”.