Summer School 2013 Rotterdam: Audiences and users

RMeS/ERMeCC Summer School, 10-13 June 2013: Audiences and users

Where? Erasmus University Rotterdam/ERMeCC
When?  June 10-13, 2013
Time? 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM each day
Fee? PhD candidates & RMa students enrolled with RMeS: free / Non-members: € 250
PhD candidates & RMa students enrolled with other research schools: contact the  RMeS office for information
Registration? PhD Programme / RMa Programme – registration closes May 24 or earlier when the maximum amount of participants is reached.

Note: as of 15 May all places for PhD candidates are fully booked. To register for the waiting list, contact us:

The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture  (ERMeCC) organizes the RMeS Summer School 2013 on Audiences and Users from June 10 till June 13, 2013. The Summer School targets PhD students and Research master students who are keen to dive into current perspectives, advanced methods, and cutting-edge research in the study of audiences and users. Special attention will be paid to the question how competing approaches and research traditions in the study of audiences, users, consumers, and fans can be fruitfully combined. Classes will focus on key developments in audience characteristics and practices and will cover a variety of media and cultural fields, including art, music, film, cultural heritage, television, print, and the Internet.

The Summer School features seminars and workshops led by internationally renowned ERMeCC faculty and key notes and master classes by two international experts in the field:  Prof.dr. Sonia Livingstone (Dept. of Media and Communications, London School of Economics) and Prof. dr. Eszter Hargittai (School of Communication, Northwestern University, USA)).

Credits. The workload associated with participation in the Summer School is 2 ECT credits for PhD students (preparation & attendance) and 5 ECTS credits for RMA students (preparation, attendance, and paper on one of the Summer Schools’ research topics). RMa students can also choose to attend and prepare only, for 2 ECTS.
A certificate of the ECTS credits is available upon request afterward.

RMA/PHD students Day/Time Lecturer (s) Topic(s) /title
Monday June 10
RMA 9.30-12.30 Dr. David Novak (ERMeCC / Dept. of Media & Communication, EUR) Lecture/Seminar:
Researching with Marginalized Audiences and Populations
RMA 13.30-16.30   Workshop: Using Photo voice in Communication  Research 
Tuesday  June 11
RMA & PhD 9.30-12.30 Dr. Stijn Reijnders (ERMeCC / Dept. of Arts  & Culture Studies, EUR) Lecture/Seminar: Moving Audiences
RMA & PhD 13.30-16.30 Prof. dr. Sonia Livingstone (Dept. of Media and Communication, LSE, U.K) Public lecture: The Rise of the Participation Paradigm in Audience Research
Master Class:
Research Ethics in a Digital Context
Wednesday June 12
RMA 9.30-12.30 Prof. dr. José van Dijck / Dhr. Sebastian Scholz (Dept. of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam) Discussion of Paper Topics
PhD 9.30-12.30 Prof. dr. Koen van Eijck & Dr. Marc Verboord(ERMeCC / Dept. of Media & Communication, EUR) Workshop: Analyzing  Cultural Tastes and Lifestyles Using Secondary Data 
RMA & PHD 13.30-16.30 Prof. dr. Eszter Hargittai(School of Communication, Northwestern University, USA) 13.30-14.30Public lecture: The Role of Skill in Online Participation14.45 – 16.30Master Class: The Implications of Digital Inequality for Research on Internet Use
Thursday June 13
Phd 9.30-12.30 Prof. dr Jeroen Jansz (ERMeCC / Dept. of Media & Communication, EUR) Lecture/Seminar: Media & Civic Engagement
PhD 13.30-16.30  Dr. Payal  Arora Seminar: Emerging Market Audiences and Digital Culture

















Evaluation for credits RMA students



Preparation and attendance


Reading background literature. Preparatory assignment(s).
Mon-Wednesday 9.30-17 hrs


 Writing a paper on one of the topics featured in the Summer School


 Note: RMA students can also choose to attend the Summer School for 2 ECTs and forego writing a paper. Please inform us beforehand if this is the case.

The RMa-paper is due in the first week of July. Paper regulations and preparatory assignments will be published here 20 May.

Credits  PhD students



Preparation and attendance


Reading background literaturePreparatory assignment(s).
Tuesday-Thursday 9.30-17 hrs



 Local Organization

Supervision Papers RMA students

Registration of Participants:


Please note that the conference organisers do not make any reservations, so you will have to make your own reservations by contacting hotels directly. However, participants of the RMeS Summerschool receive reduced prices at the two hotels listed below, one of which is a budget alternative.

The Student Hotel – location Rotterdam

Superior room. Conference price: 70 EURO. Use the following promo code with your reservation: UVA001

StayOkay Rotterdam

One bed (on 6/7 pax dormitory). Conference price: 30 EURO (incl. breakfast and blankets + 0,70 E tourist tax). Promo code: RMeS Summer school june2013.