Research Master Course 2014: Trending Topics (spring 2014)

RMeS: Trending Topics 2013-14

CourseRMa Course: Trending Topics
Dates: 7 & 21 February, 7 & 21 March, 4 April 2014; all 13.00 – 17.00 hrs
Location:  Drift 25, room 2.06,  Utrecht
Coordinator: dr. Maryn Wilkinson (UvA)
Guest lectures by: Mark Deuze; David Nieborg; Ginette Verstraete; Frank Kessler and others
Organisation:  RMeS   
Open to:  First and second year RMa students in Media Studies, who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoeksschool). Students who are members of RMeS will have first access.
RMeS staff and PhD researchers are welcome to sit in on specific sessions; please send an e-mail to RMeS if you intend to attend one or more seminar sessions:
Registration: max number of participants: 20
Registration closes: 20 January, 2014
Register here.


Each spring, the Research School of Media Studies offers a Trending Topics course where faculty members from eight participating universities (UvA, UU, VU, EUR, UL, UM, RUG, RUN) present the latest research in their field of interest, through lectures and workshops. The course invites international MA and RMA students to participate in an international, cutting edge research environment, while earning credits towards their degree. It presents a unique opportunity to get to know other students and leading academics from all over The Netherlands and presents a learning environment that will prove particularly fruitful for students who are aspiring to pursue a future career in academic research or teaching. All eight universities accept the credits earned in this module.

This year’s course will have “Cross-overs” as its overall theme. Media Studies is decreasingly tied to specific media types (film, television, or digital media) or practices (e.g. journalism) and crossovers between these specific areas of expertise are both theoretically and methodologically challenging. Larger trends such as digitization and convergence prompt researchers to study the complex interrelation of technological changes and media content, users, and producers. Lectures and workshops this year will cover “trending topics” such as mobile technologies, social media, creative industries, and crossmedia theory.  In each of these four weeks, one major trend will be presented by researchers who have just published books and/or articles in their respective areas of expertise.


13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 7, 2014 : “Creative Industries”

  • Prof. Mark Deuze (UvA)
  • Dr. David Nieborg (UvA)

13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 21, 2014: “Cinema and the audience”

  • Prof. Frank Kessler (UU)
  • Dr. Julian Hanich (RUG)

13.00-17.00 on Friday, March 7, 2014: “Mobility and Technology”

  • Prof. Ginette Verstraete (VU)  
  • Dr. Markus Stauff (UvA)

13.00-17.00 on Friday, March 21, 2014: “Culture and Identity”

  • Dr. Tim Vermeulen (RU)
  • Dr. Frederik Dhaenens (EUR)

Friday April 4, 2014: Presentation day

Each seminar participant offers a 10-15-minute presentation that outlines their thesis, argument and material of the paper he/she intends to write for this class.

Deadline paper: April 25th, 2014.