RMeS lecture: ‘The Making of Deep Mediatization’ by Prof. dr Andreas Hepp (Bremen)

The Making of Deep Mediatization’ – RMeS lecture by  Prof. dr Andreas Hepp (Bremen)

22 April 2020, 15.30-17.30
Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal (Utrecht University)

Respondent: Dr Markus Stauff (University of Amsterdam)

In his latest book Deep Mediatization (CRC Press, 2019) prof. dr. Andreas Hepp takes an integrative look at one of the biggest questions in media and communications research: how digital media is changing society. Often, such questions are discussed in isolation losing sight of the overarching context in which they are situated. In contrast to this, Hepp tries to outline a theory of the re-figuration of society by digital media and their infrastructures and provides an understanding of how profound today’s media-related changes are, not only for institutions, organizations and communities, but for the individual as well.

In this talk Hepp will focus on one particular aspect of deep mediatization, namely that of its “making”. Normally, the progressive saturation of society with digital media and infrastructures is associated with the engagement of large corporations like Apple, Google or Microsoft. But we cannot understand the “making” of deep mediatization without also considering pioneer communities such as the Whole Earth Network, the Quantified Self or the Maker movements. In this talk Hepp will focus on these, their influence and their life cycles.

Please register for the lecture here

RMeS Workshop: Spatializing media / Mediatizing geography

Workshop organized by Dr Leonieke Bolderman (RUG), within the context of the RMeS PhD Workshop Grant

When? 3 March 2020
Where? University of Groningen Zernike Campus, Duisenberg building, room 5412.0028, Groningen
Time? 13:00 – 17:00
Coordinator? Dr Leonieke Bolderman (RUG)
Open to? PhD’s and research master students, max 20 participants
Registration | NETHUR PhD Candidates can register by sending an email to rmes-fgw@uva.nl, don’t forget to mention your university.

Reality is – now more than ever – governed by media stories, technology and images. This prompts the question what role media play in worldbuilding and senses of belonging:  how do media interplay with the socio-cultural production of spaces and places? This is the central question that connects and transcends the communicative turn in geography (Adams, 2011) and the spatial turn in media studies (Falkheimer & Jansson, 2006). The fundamental role of media in organizing and giving meaning to processes and activities in space moves beyond technologies of locative media such as geotagging, mapping and GIS; how do people actually use media within the context of everyday life and everyday world building?

The convergence between the fields of media studies and geography is critically explored during this workshop by engaging with recent research that explores the complex dialectics of space, mobility and media in phenomena as diverse as urban exploring (Jansson, 2018), film and tv tourism (Reijnders, 2011), and music tourism (Bolderman, 2020). André Jansson, professor of media and communication studies at Karlstad University and director of the Geomedia Research Group, will present his most recent work, after which participants will be invited to join an academic speeddating session to discuss overlaps in research topics and questions related to media, geography and interdisciplinarity. This speeddating session will be lead by media ethnographer professor Stijn Reijnders of Erasmus University Rotterdam, who specializes in media tourism, and Dr. Leonieke Bolderman, assistant professor cultural geography and tourism geography and planning at University of Groningen. Moreover, the workshop is a dual workshop of RMeS, the Research School for Media Studies, and NETHUR, the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research, with the aim of bringing together the future researchers of both fields. The workshop is organized to celebrate the publication of the book Contemporary music tourism: a theory of musical topophilia, a monograph based on the RMeS PhD-thesis Dr. Bolderman defended in March 2018.


André Jansson is director of the Geomedia Research Group at Karlstad University, Sweden. His research is oriented towards questions of media use, identity and power from an interdisciplinary perspective. His work links various theoretical strands from social phenomenology, human geography and sociology of culture. A particular interest regards the relationship between mediatization processes and the production of social space. Jansson has studied this relationship in relation to a number of contemporary phenomena, such as the post-industrial city, tourism, expatriate lifestyles, surveillance culture and the urban-rural divide. Jansson currently leads the research project Measuring Mediatization, funded by the Ander Foundation (2016-2019).

Stijn Reijnders is Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on the intersection of media, culture and tourism. Currently he leads two large, international research projects, funded by the Dutch Science Foundation and the European Research Council, in which he aims to explore the cultural dimensions of media tourism. He has published several research papers and two monographs entitled Holland op de Helling (2006) – recipient of the national NeSCoR dissertation award – and Places of the Imagination. Media, Tourism, Culture (2011). In addition, Reijnders has co-edited The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures (2014), Film Tourism in Asia (2017) and Locating Imagination in Popular Culture: Belonging, Media, Tourism (in press).


Leonieke Bolderman is Assistant Professor Cultural Geography and Tourism Geography and Planning in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at University of Groningen. Her research interests revolve around the role of music in processes of urban and regional development, with a special focus on music tourism. She is the author of the monograph Contemporary Music Tourism: A Theory of Musical Topophilia (published by Routledge in February 2020), as well as the co-edited volume Locating Imagination in Popular Culture: Belonging, Media, Tourism (Routledge, in press).


13:00 – 14:00  masterclass Prof. Dr. André Jansson

14:00 – 14:45  response to presentation by Prof. Dr. Stijn Reijnders, and questions from the audience Dr. Leonieke Bolderman

14:45 – 15:00  coffee/tea

15:00 – 16:00  academic speeddating: overlap and shared questions in media-geography research

16:00 – 16:15  gathering ideas and final thoughts

16:15 – 17:00 drinks


  • Adams, P.C. (2011). A taxonomy for communication geography. Progress in Human Geography 35(1): 37-57.
  • Bolderman, S.L. (2020). Contemporary Music Tourism: A Theory of Musical Topophilia. London: Routledge.
  • Falkheimer, J., Jansson, A. (2006). Introduction. In Falkheimer, J., Jansson, A. (eds). Geographies of Communication. Goteborg: Nordicom.
  • Jansson, A. (2018). Rethinking post-tourism in the age of social media. Annals of Tourism Research 69: 101-110.
  • Reijnders, S.L. (2011). Places of the Imagination. Media, Tourism, Culture. Farnham: Ashgate.
Assignment for RMeS and NETHUR participants

The goal of the workshop is to critically reflect on the convergence of two research fields, and to distil what is useful for the research practice of the participants. To this purpose, each RMeS participant will be coupled with a NETHUR participant (depending on enrolment), with the assignment to develop an interdisciplinary research proposal based on their respective research projects. In this proposal the benefits and possible constraints to interdisciplinary cooperation need to be analysed in relation to the specific research idea, as well as possible methodological innovations.
Deadline: April 30, 2020

  • Adams, P.C. (2011). A taxonomy for communication geography. Progress in Human Geography 35(1): 37-57.
  • Falkheimer, J., Jansson, A. (2006). Introduction. In Falkheimer, J., Jansson, A. (eds). Geographies of Communication. Goteborg: Nordicom.
  • Fast, K., Jansson, A., Lindell, J., Bengtsson, R.,Tesfahuney, M. (2018).  Introduction. In Fast, K., Jansson, A., Lindell, J., Bengtsson, R.,Tesfahuney, M (eds.) Geomedia Studies: Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds. London: Routledge.

RMeS RMa Course: Trending Topics – Engaging Objects

When? 14, 21 & 28 February, 6 March 13.00 – 17.00 / presentation day: 20 March 2020 12.00 – 18.00 / deadline paper: Mid April
Where? University of Amsterdam, See below
Coordinator? Dr Maryn Wilkinson (UvA)
Guest lectures by? Bharath Ganesh (RUG / Oxford), Leonie Schmidt (UvA), Alex Gekker (UvA), Rik Smit (RUG), Christian Olesen (UU), Sebastian Scholz (VU), Scott Eldridge II (RUG), Tim Groot Kormelink (VU)
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.

THE COURSE IS FULLY BOOKEDplease send an e-mail to rmes-fgw@uva.nl with your name, university and research school. We will put you on our waiting list.

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.

The field of media studies today is decreasingly tied to specific media types (film, television, or digital media) or practices (e.g. journalism), and instead often turns towards the areas of interaction between them, and their shared concepts and ideas. Larger trends such as globalisation, digitisation 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. These crossovers are both theoretically and methodologically challenging. Moreover, it requires us to rethink our engagement with specific media objects, and our critical analysis skills. Close reading remains incredibly important, but it can no longer stay isolated. In order to improve and enrich our understanding of the media objects we engage in our research, it is important to understand where different perspectives add to, overlap, or digress from one another.

In the ‘Trending Topics – Engaging Objects’ course, the lecture sessions will each take a specific media objects as a primary case study (from the field of film, television, digital media, and journalism studies), and bring two guest lecturers and their respective areas of expertise into dialogue about their objects. Each afternoon will be dedicated to the analysis, research and discussion of specific media objects. A fifth session revolves around student presentations in preparation of their final written assignment. All sessions, assignments, readings and preparatory work will be supervised and marked by dr. Maryn Wilkinson (UvA), the coordinator of the course. The grading will be based on both the presentation (30%) and the final written assignment (70%).



13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 14th, 2020: 

– Bharath Ganesh (RUG / Oxford)
– Leonie Schmidt (UvA)

13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 21st, 2020: 

– Alex Gekker (UvA)
– Rik Smit (RUG)

13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 28th, 2020: 

– Christian Olesen (UU)
– Sebastian Scholz (VU)

13.00-17.00 on Friday, March 6th, 2020: 

– Scott Eldridge II (RUG)
– Tim Groot Kormelink (VU)

RMeS Seminar and Workshop: The Revolution of our Times (in cooperation with Sonic Acts Academy)

—*The streets in Hong Kong, October ’19. By Rick Dolphijn—

The Revolution of our Times
Political Action, Art, and the State of the Earth Today

With TJ Demos and other guests
Coordinated by Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University) in cooperation with Sonic Acts Academy

When? 14, 20, 21, 22 & 23 February
Where? Utrecht & Amsterdam, see below
For? PhD Candidates and RMa Students

THE SEMINAR IS FULLY BOOKED, please send an e-mail to rmes-fgw@uva.nl with your name, university and research school. We will put you on our waiting list.

All the [2019] protests refer to each other
Mathilde Larrére

The year 2019 will be remembered for the many leaderless protests that erupted all over the world. In Hong Kong (most prominently), in Barcelona, in France, all over South America, in India, we saw a younger generation of citizens (university students and increasingly high-school students) taking it to the streets, to protest fearlessly against the political establishment and to autocratic rule. However, in line with climate strikes and demonstrations, this younger generation seems to call for a change quite fundamental; for the end of petrocapitalism and the end of the state as we know it. Occupying the city, its streets, its lives, their art incorporates the resistance and proposes the world to come.

In this RMeS seminar we will read several classical texts on civil disobedience (Thoreau), on eco-revolution (Marx) and on how these thoughts matter in our time (in respect to nature (Serres) to governance (Deleuze) and science (Stengers)). Additionally, We link this to the ideas of TJ Demos ad to the current developments in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

This seminar/workshop is open to ten graduate students and counts for 2 EC (attendance and a final (joint)paper). Apart from the two seminars and the workshop the ones enrolled are also invited to attend the roundtable discussion on these matters at the Sonic Acts Academy


Friday February 14 2020, Reading Seminar
University of Utrecht 11-14 (you can bring your lunch)
Kromme Nieuwegracht 80 (Ravensteynzaal) room 1.06

  • Henry David Thoreau (1849) Resistance to Civil Government, or Civil Disobedience
  • Henry David Thoreau (1845) Where I lived, and what I lived for (excerpt from Walden)
  • Karl Marx (1858) Grundrisse Notebook v: The Chapter on Capital (continuation)

Thursday February 20 2020, Reading Seminar
University of Utrecht 11-14 (you can bring your lunch)
Drift 23 – room 113

  • Michel Serres (1990) Natural Contract in the Natural Contract p.27-50
  • Gilles Deleuze (1990) Postscript on Control Societies
  • Isbelle Stengers (2015) The Intrusion of Gaia, Capitalism, Not Paying Attention

Friday February 21 2020, Workshop with TJ Demos and other guests
University of Amsterdam 11-14 (you can bring your lunch)
Room: UB – Potgieterzaal, Singel 425

  • TJ Demos (2019) Climate Control, From Emergency to Emergence
  • Read through the online library of the Hong Kong Free Press.

February 22 and 23 SONIC ACTS ACADEMY in Amsterdam with ROUNDTABLE (more to follow).
See: https://2020.sonicacts.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiAmNbwBRBOEiwAqcwwpdDspuZ3u7ROBNqp66Q4moSM3FGoHEprlvHB9VrOHZmtUjeUBSey6BoCMQ4QAvD_BwE


Recipients of the RMeS PhD Workshop Grant: Dr Leonieke Bolderman and Simone Driessen

Recipients of the RMeS PhD Workshop Grant: Dr Leonieke Bolderman and Simone Driessen