RMeS RMa Course: Trending Topics

When? 16 & 23 February, 2 & 9 March 12.30 – 17.00 / presentation day: 16 March 2018. 10.00 – 17.00 / deadline paper: date TBA
Where?  Utrecht University
Course? RMa Course: Trending Topics
ECTS? 6
Coordinator? Dr Maryn Wilkinson (UvA)
Guest lectures by? TBA
Organisation? RMeS
For? First and second year RMa students in Media Studies, who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). 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: rmes-fgw@uva.nl.
Registration will open soon

In 2017-2018, this course will likely shift its focus slightly towards the analysis and engagement of media objects – new description to follow in September

General description:

Each spring, the Research School for 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 fields of interest through a series of lectures and workshops. The course invites 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, in an open setting of engaging and ambitious exchange that would 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.

Media studies today is decreasingly tied to specific media types (film, television, or digital media) or practices (e.g. journalism), and instead turns towards the areas of interaction between them, and their shared concepts and ideas. Such crossovers are both theoretically and methodologically challenging. Larger trends such as digitization and convergence have prompted researchers to study the complex interrelation of technological changes and media content, as well as the new relations between users and producers, while different modes of media consumption have brought about new areas for aesthetics and politics that continue to require intense critical enquiry. Under a different umbrella theme each year, Trending Topics presents four lecture sessions that take a closer look at a few of the major trend in this field, and bring into dialogue two presentations by guest lecturers who have just published books and/or articles in their respective areas of expertise. A fifth session revolves around student presentations of their own prospective work. All sessions, assignments, readings and preparatory work are supervised and marked by dr Maryn Wilkinson (UvA)-the coordinator of the course.