Master class – Fashion, media & culture by prof. Anneke Smelik

Masterclass – Fashion, media  & culture

When?  April 25, 2013
Time? 10 AM to 5 PM
Where? Universiteit Nijmegen
For whom? PhD researchers and RMA students enrolled with RMeS and NICA
Fee (non-members)? €50
Credits? 1 ECTS (credits available on request)

General description

The field of fashion has internationally become a major topic of enquiry in cultural studies, but is still relatively new within Dutch academia. Fashion offers a rich platform from which to reflect on key social and cultural issues from practices of consumption and production through to identity politics. This master class will explore fashion in relation to media and culture from a number of theoretical perspectives. Key concepts are fashion as an embodied practice, as a performance of spectacle, and as an expression of identity.

Anneke Smelik is professor of Visual Culture at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She is project leader of an interdisciplinary research project: “Dutch Fashion Identity in a Globalised World”, subsidised by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). She published many books and over a hundred articles on identity, performance, body, memory and technology in cinema, video clips, digital art, fashion, and popular culture. Visit for more info:


10-11  AM Welcome. Anneke Smelik will give an introduction to the theme.

11-12 Discussion of  the required readings.

12 AM-13 PM Lunch break

13-15 Discussion of concepts from the field of fashion in relation to your own research.

15-15.30 Tea break

15.30-17 We will discuss and analyse different representations of fashion in several media (cinema, catwalk, glossies, fashion photography, museum, blogs, TV).

Preparation and readings
  • Required readings, which will be made available soon
  • an assignment to relate concepts from the field of fashion studies to your own research
  • an assignment to analyze an example of fashion in the media


Lecture Jane Feuer: Musical Television: Glee, Smash and the Backstage Musical on TV

Public Lecture by Jane Feuer (University of Pittsburgh)

When? Monday, May 6
Time? 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Where? Sweelinkckzaal (Drift 21 0.05), Urecht University

Musical Television. Glee, Smash and the Backstage Musical on TV

Considering the long history of texts about  putting on shows, it is not surprising to find a backstage musical being made in 2012.  What is surprising is that a backstage musical about the production of a Broadway show should be made for network television at this late date. How can such a flexible yet end-driven form as the backstage musical adapt to the demands of serialized television narrative? The paper attempts to answer this question by examining two contemporary U.S. television programmes that combine the narrative pattern of the backstage musical with the serialized format of “quality” US television drama. Jane Feuer is referring to the long-running youth show Glee about the competitions of a high school show choir and the quality drama Smash about the production of a Broadway musical of the life of Marilyn Monroe. The paper will look closely at both of these shows.

Jane Feuer is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Since the Eighties she publishes on television and is co-editor of (and author of) one of the first academic books on television: MTM: Quality Television (British Film Institute, 1984). In her book Seeing Through the Eighties: Television and Reaganism (Duke Univ. Press, 1995) she analyzed different television drama series and placed them within the context of American politics. Since then she has written numerous articles on sitcoms, reality TV and TV quality drama. Furthermore, Feuer is  a founding board member of Console-ing Passions (Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism) which recently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Presently, she is writing a book on U.S. quality television drama. She also writes about musicals. Her paper on Musical Television combines both of her major research interests.

Registration would be appreciated (

Tuesday May 7 prof. Feuer will host a master class on ‘Quality, Reality, Interactivity: Strategies of Post-Network Television’, 9.30 – 12.00 a.m., Janskerkhof 0.06, Utrecht University.

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 studentsDay/TimeLecturer (s)Topic(s) /title
Monday June 10
RMA9.30-12.30Dr. David Novak (ERMeCC / Dept. of Media & Communication, EUR)Lecture/Seminar:
Researching with Marginalized Audiences and Populations
RMA13.30-16.30 Workshop: Using Photo voice in Communication  Research 
Tuesday  June 11
RMA & PhD9.30-12.30Dr. Stijn Reijnders (ERMeCC / Dept. of Arts  & Culture Studies, EUR)Lecture/Seminar: Moving Audiences
RMA & PhD13.30-16.30Prof. 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
RMA9.30-12.30Prof. dr. José van Dijck / Dhr. Sebastian Scholz (Dept. of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam)Discussion of Paper Topics
PhD9.30-12.30Prof. dr. Koen van Eijck & Dr. Marc Verboord(ERMeCC / Dept. of Media & Communication, EUR)Workshop: Analyzing  Cultural Tastes and Lifestyles Using Secondary Data 
RMA & PHD13.30-16.30Prof. 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
Phd9.30-12.30Prof. dr Jeroen Jansz (ERMeCC / Dept. of Media & Communication, EUR)Lecture/Seminar: Media & Civic Engagement
PhD13.30-16.30 Dr. Payal  AroraSeminar: 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.

Boekpresentatie – De toekomst van sociale media

Boekpresentatie – De toekomst van sociale media

Datum: dinsdag 19 maart 2013
Tijd: 17-19 uur
Locatie: Spui25
Meer informatie en reserveren: via Spui25

Sociale media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn) bestaan nog geen tien jaar, maar beheersen inmiddels ons sociale leven. Hoogleraar mediastudies José van Dijck presenteert haar nieuwe boek The Culture of Connectivity. A Critical History of Social Media (Oxford University Press, 2013) en gaat erover in gesprek met Marc Hijink, Anne Helmond en Joris van Hoboken.

De tijd dat sites als Facebook, Twitter en YouTube werden gestart vanuit garages of studentenkamers lijkt lichtjaren geleden. Hoe zijn deze platformen zo snel uitgegroeid tot wereldwijde online netwerken en bedrijven? En hoe verhouden zij zich tot elkaar in het snel ontwikkelde ecosystem van connectieve media? De geschiedenis van de sociale media is even kort als complex. Ze roept vele vragen op over de macht van deze nieuwe platformen versus die van gebruikers, over de algoritmische principes die ze sturen, de eigenaren die ze exploiteren en overheden die ze proberen te reguleren.  José van Dijck geeft een korte inleiding op haar nieuwe boek, The Culture of Connectivity, waarin ze schetst hoe je platformen en mediasystemen kunt analyseren en waarom je de mechanismen die erachter schuilgaan inzichtelijk moet maken.

De inleiding wordt gevolgd door een paneldiscussie met Marc Hijink, Anne Helmond en Jorsi van Hoboken over de toekomst van sociale media. Wat staat ons te wachten als enkele grote bedrijven (Google, Apple, Facebook) het online sociale verkeer gaan bepalen? Hoe moeten bestaande media zoals kranten en televisie omgaan met (de invloed van) sociale media? En als (commerciële) sociale media platformen de online verder gaan domineren, wat betekent dat dan voor onze privacy en de publieke ruimte?

Het publiek wordt uitgenodigd deel te nemen aan de discussie die zal worden geleid door Thomas Poell; na de inleiding zal het eerste exemplaar van het boek worden aangeboden aan decaan van de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen en hoogleraar Journalistiek Frank van Vree.

De sprekers

  • José van Dijck is hoogleraar vergelijkende mediastudies aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Marc Hijink is redacteur op het gebied van digitale media bij NRC Handelsblad/NRC Next
  • Anne Helmond is onderzoeker/docent Nieuwe Media bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Joris van Hoboken is senior onderzoeker bij het Instituut voor Informatierecht aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en voorzitter van de stichting Bits of Freedom.
  •  Thomas Poell is universitair docent Nieuwe Media aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam

Voor meer informatie over het boek, ga naar:

Cross-Media seminar 2012 – 2013, Semester 2

Cross-Media Seminar 2012-2013, Semester 2: Televisual Encounters with/in the Humanities


The Cross-Media seminar, organized in cooperation with ASCA, RMES and NICA, continues its work in the second semester with three meetings (all Friday, 3pm to 5.30pm) around the topic:

Televisual Encounters with/in the Humanities

Numerous texts across disciplines, and in the humanities have constructed and engaged with concepts whose relevance for the study of media has often been only implicit. Media scholars in turn have analyzed both the history of media and their representations,  and  contemporary transformations using concepts developed in cultural theory or “Theory” often implicitly. In the three sessions of this semester, the research seminar will focus on specific themes for each session developed with/in the Humanities. In particular, the concepts of (1) the politics of form (2) space/time and history, and (3) the politics of the spectacle, will be addressed and discussed.

TV Studies as a discipline will be brought into encounter with the fields of historiography, sociology, psychoanalysis, literary theory and philosophy.

Preparatory Reading before March 1 [on Disciplinary (De)formations]:

  1. Spigel, Lyn, “TV’s Next Season?”, Cinema Journal 45(1), 2005, pp: 83-90
  2. Andrew, Dudley, “The Core and the Flow of Film Studies”, Critical Inquiry 35 (summer 2009), pp: 879-915.

8 March: The Politics of Form

  1. Benn Michaels, Walter, “The Blank Page” and “Historicism”, The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History, Princeton University Press, Princeton and London, 2004, pp: 1-15, 140-158.
  2. Mittell, Jason, Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television, The Velvet Light Trap 58 (Fall 2006), pp: 29-40
  3. Dasgupta, Sudeep, Policing the ‘people’: Television Studies and the problem of ‘quality'”, European Journal of Media Studies 1(1), 2012,

Supplementary Reading:

  1. Dasgupta, Sudeep, “Multiple Symptoms and the Visible Real: Culture, Media and the Displacements of Vision”, [In]visible Culture 10 (2006), pp: 1-18.

5 April : Media, Place, Time and Domesticity

  1. McCarthy, Anna, “From Screen to Site: Television’s Material Culture, and its Place”, October 98 (Autumn 2001), pp: 93-111.
  2. Walter Benjamin, “Little History of Photography”, in Selected Writings: Vol. 2, 1927-1934, Cambridge, MA and London, Harvard University Press, 1999, pp: 507-530.
  3. Keya Ganguly. “The (Un)moving image: Visuality and the Modern in Charulata”. In Cinema, Emergence and the films of Satyajit Ray, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010: 63-91.

Supplementary Reading:

  1. Dasgupta, Sudeep, “Conjunctive Times, Disjointed Time: Speculative Philosophy between Enigma and Disagreement”,  Parallax 15(3), 2009, pp: 3-17.

31 May: Politics of the Spectacle

  1. Debord, Guy,  Society of the Spectacle,  Zone Books, New York, pp: 1-34.
  2. Dasgupta, Sudeep, “Permanent Transiency, Tele-visual Spectacle and the Slum as Postcolonial Monument”, South Asia Studies (2013 forthcoming)
  3. Andrew, Dudley, “A film aesthetic to discover”, Cinéma: révue d’études cinématographiques 17 (2-3), 2007, pp: 47-71

Supplementary Reading:

  1. Lotz, Amanda, “Using ‘network’ theory in the post-network era: Fictional 9/11 US television discourse as a ‘cultural forum'”, Screen 45(4), 2004, pp: 423-439.