Public Lecture and Masterclass by Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths, London)

Public Lecture and Masterclass by Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths, London)

Utrecht University’s Centre for Television in Transition in collaboration with the Research Focus Cultures and Identities, Utrecht University announces a public lecture and invites to a master class by internationally renowned  media scholar and cultural critic:


Public lecture
Thursday, June 7, 5 – 7 p.m.
Kanunnikenzaal, Academiegebouw, Utrecht University
entrance Faculty Club: Achter de dom 7
entrance Academiegebouw: Domplein 29


What practices, and families of practices, are emerging in and around what we do with and in relation to media? As the object ‘media’ changes, so too are the forms of life that involve media. But to grasp what we are doing means taking a distance from the hype about ‘new media’ and asking broader questions about the new and continuing action-possibilities associated with today’s mediated interfaces. In this lecture, Nick Couldry will draw on his forthcoming book Media Society World and build on his earlier work, particularly the 2004 article ‘Theorising Media as Practice’. Among the families of practice discussed (simple and complex) will be ‘searching’, ‘showing’, ‘presencing’, ‘archiving’, ‘commentary’, ‘keeping all channels open’ and ‘screening out’.

Nick Couldry is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of its Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy. He is the author or editor of ten books including most recently Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (forthcoming Polity 2012) and Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism (Sage 2010). Couldry is one of the leading scholars in the field of Media and Cultural Studies and has become with Why Voice Matters one of the most brilliant critics of neo-liberalism and its assaults on almost every aspect of public live. 

Friday, June 8, 2012, 9.30 – 12.30 a.m.
Utrecht University, room t.b.a.


This master class explores the theoretical and methodological implications of a new paradigm of media research that Nick Couldry develops in his recent and current work. This paradigm understands media, not as texts or structures of production, but as practice. Drawing on recent moves towards a theory of practice in sociology, this paradigm aims to move beyond old debates about media effects and the relative importance of political economy and audience interpretation, at the same time as moving beyond a narrow concentration on audience practices, to study the whole range of practices that are oriented towards media and the role of media in ordering other practices in the social world. The master class discusses the key advantages of this paradigm in mapping the complexity of media-saturated cultures where the discreteness of audience practices can no longer be assumed.

After an introductory talk by Professor Nick Couldry, three papers by doctoral candidates will be presented. A general discussion of the practice approach will follow.

This master class is primarily directed to doctoral students in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Dutch Universities. Interested students of Research Master Programmes in the same area and interested colleagues are also welcome to register.

Registration for masterclass:

  • Deadline for registration is May 30, 2012 (email to\
  • Deadline for submission of a proposal for a short paper presentation (15 minutes) is May 15, 2012 (email to

Paper proposals should not be longer than 500 words, plus literature, a short biographical statement en contact information.

  • Readings for the masterclass will be distributed in advance.
  • Participation in the masterclass is free of charge.
  • For further questions, please contact the organizer of the masterclass dr. Eggo Müller (