RMeS Summer School 2019: Algorithmic Culture and Digital Literacy

RMeS Summer School 2019: Algorithmic Culture and Digital Literacy

When? 17, 18 & 19 June 2019
Where? University of Groningen
For? PhD Candidates and RMa Students
Organizers? Dr Rik Smit, Prof. Dr Marcel Broersma, Kim Smeenk, M.A.
Register here

Whether we watch films and TV series on Netflix, listen to music on Spotify, track our jogs on Runkeeper, or search for the best place to spend a weekend on Tripadvisor, our daily practices and experiences are mediated by algorithmic processes and interfaces. Moreover, we inhabit Smart Cities, carry around Smartphones, and live in Smart Homes. These technologies might make our lives more efficient and convenient, but they are also devices that gather data about ourselves and our relations to others, to be analyzed by (often) obscure procedures and parties. They bring about new digital divides between those who can access, read and use this data and those who cannot. Moreover, people require an extensive skill set and the literacy to navigate, interpret, resist, and appropriate this algorithmic culture.

Focusing on emerging dynamics between algorithmic power, knowledge, imaginaries, and access, this Summer School offers a variety of methods and theories on how to study such an Algorithmic Culture and the Digital Literary to live in it.

RMeS Network Event: How do You… Collaborate with External Partners?

How do You… Collaborate with External Partners?

A workshop on working with non-academic partners

Date and Time: March 22nd 2019, 13.15 – 16.00 (followed by drinks)
Location: Drift 13, Utrecht – Room 003
Register here

RMeS is happy to invite you to the 2019 edition of our annual RMA and PhD network event. This year’s event will focus on collaborating with external partners to fund and execute your research. How do you invite partners outside of the university to collaborate on a research idea? How can you secure funding for such collaborations? What are the ethical dilemmas in collaborating with external partners?

For all RMA students and PhD-candidates eager to look beyond university walls for doing your research: this is the event to attend!

The 2019 RMeS network event will have a workshop setup that consists of three parts:

  1. Why and how to collaborate with external partners? (Prof. Dr. Tamara Witschge, Prof. Dr. Wall, Dr. Amanda Paz Alencar)
  2. What to keep in mind when setting up or managing external collaborations? (Serena Oosterloo)
  3. What are the dangers or conflicts of interest that you can come across when collaborating with external partners? (Prof. Dr. Tamara Witschge, Prof. Dr. Wall, Dr. Amanda Paz Alencar)

We will have the following speakers:

  • Prof Dr Tamara Witschge is Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts, holds a chair in Media and Cultural Industries. She runs the five-year, NWO-funded research programme “Entrepreneurship at Work” and the NWO-funded action research project “Exploring Journalism’s Limits”. Her research explores the ways in which technological, economic and social change is reconfiguring media and journalism, with a particular focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovation and cultural entrepreneurship.
  • Amanda Paz Alencar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she specializes in media and migration and intercultural communication. After completion of her degree she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship, a prestigious grant from the European Commission, to conduct her research project entitled ‘TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration’ at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
  • Professor Melissa Wall (California State University, Northridge) studies citizen/participatory journalism and is the editor of the book, Citizen Journalism: Valuable, Useless or Dangerous. Within this line of inquiry, she created the Pop-Up Newsroom, a temporary, virtual newsroom for citizen and student journalists. Her other research stream focuses on refugees and their information practices, particularly Syrian refugees and their cell phone usage.
  • Serena Oosterloo is a Research Assistant at the Utrecht Data School, where she manages external collaborations.

Registration: Please register by March 15th, 2019.

For questions of any kind, please contact us by email at phdcouncil.rmes@gmail.com

We are looking forward to meeting you there!

The RMeS PhD Council (Tim Groot Kormelink, Sofie Willemsen, Sanne Rotmeijer, Wouter Oomen, Rashid Gabdulhakov)





Vacancies: The PhD Council needs you!

The PhD Council needs you!

Due to a number of graduations, the RMeS PhD Council is looking for new members. The Council meets twice a year and organizes one network event each year. The Council represents the PhD community in the RMeS Advisory Board and gets to evaluate and discuss the direction of the Research School for Media Studies.

Joining the PhD Council is also a great way to get to know PhD’s from other universities in your field of study and broaden your network.

We are currently looking for new members of the Council from:

  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Utrecht University
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Leiden

Each of these universities has one seat in the PhD Council.

If you are interested in a position, or just want to ask some more questions, please let us know by sending an e-mail before February 28, with your name, current title of your PhD, and what year of your contract you are in, if applicable (no resume’s or motivation letters required) to rmes-fgw@uva.nl.

In the case of more than one applicant for a single position, the current PhD Council will select a council member from the candidates based on:

  1. Research subject (we aim to have council members from as wide a range of different areas of media studies as possible);
  2. Diversity (we aim to have a council that represents the PhD community as best as possible);
  3. Phase of PhD (ideally new members would be able to join the council for at least a year);
  4. Type of contract (we aim to have the council represent the different kinds of PhD’s in RMeS (inside/outside-PhD’s)).

We hope to hear from you.

RMeS PhD Council

RMeS Seminar: Exploring Death… and Ways to Live

Exploring Death… and Ways to Live
A RMeS Seminar On Contemporary Theory, Creativity, The Earth And Us.

Organized by Dr. Rick Dolphijn UU/HKU
featuring Rosi Braidotti, Susanne Winterling and others

When? February 2019, Exact dates see below
Utrecht University / University of Amsterdam
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.

Platform for Posthuman Ecologies and the Contemporary (post)-Humanities (Utrecht University) /Sonic Acts Festival
With the Research School or Media Studies (RMeS)

“I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.”

Virginia Woolf

At the interstices of contemporary philosophy and contemporary art, psychoanalysis and ecology, we get together for a triptych of events that explore the concepts of death and life differently. Leaving modernist and anthropocentric oppositions behind us, our aim is to explore how different ideas of death give rise to different forms of life, to how these concepts relate to the organic and the inorganic, to space and time. Doing these explorations, we keep asking ourselves how thinking death and life otherwise allows us to practice an affirmative politics worthy of the earth today. How is a necropolitics through art and theory offering us new tools to think our earth in pain and to be a valuable part of it? With a close reading session, a workshop with prominent guests and a festival visit and intervention, this RMeS seminar aims to map some key thoughts that relate to life and death from a posthuman perspective

February 14, 2019 | Utrecht University
Dr. Rick Dolphijn
Close Reading Session: Still Alive and Already Dead


  • Gilles Deleuze 2004 Painting Forces (from 56 to 64) in: Francis Bacon; the Logic of Sensation.
  • Continuum.
  • Michel Serres 1995 Dream (from 123 to 139) in: Genesis. University of Michigan Press.

February 21, 2019 | University of Amsterdam
Rosi Braidotti, Rick Dolphijn and Susanne Winterling
Workshop: a Necropolitics of Life


  • Braidotti, Rosi (2019) excerpts from Posthuman Knowledge
  • Dolphijn, Rick (2018) The world, the mat(t)er of thought. In Michel Serres and the Crises of the Contemporary. Bloomsbury
  • Serres, Michel, Janina Pigaht and Rick Dolphijn (2018) A new culture to suit the world. In Michel Serres and the Crises of the Contemporary. Bloomsbury
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren; Winterling, Susanne M. (2015) New Forms of Life: The Physicality and Poetics of Pictures. Objektiv. Tidskrift for kamerabasert kunst.

February 22, 2019
Sonic Acts Festival
Rethinking Death… and Ways to Live


The [urban interfaces] graduate seminar 2018-2019

The Right to the City & Urban Commons

Outline for the 2019 [urban interfaces] graduate seminar series at Utrecht University

Dates: 12 & 26 February 2019, 12 March (seminars); 19-20 March 2019 (workshop)
Location: MCW Lab, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, Utrecht
Organized by: Nanna Verhoeff, Michiel de Lange, Sigrid Merx, and Lotte van der Molen from the [urban interfaces] research group at Utrecht University.
More information: See http://urbaninterfaces.sites.uu.nl/
Fee: € 10,00 (partly covering coffee/lunch during workshop), please bring exact change on the first day of the workshop (March 19)
Registration via: RMeS-fgw@uva.nl
Please be sure to specify your master programme, national research school and university

THIS SEMINAR IS FULLY BOOKED. It’s no longer possible to register for this course.

New technologies and datafication in so-called smart cities affect how we interface with the city. Social, economic and technological changes also lead to new urban frictions, and increasingly put strain on collectively shared urban commons and the right to the city. This shifting landscape of urban politics and power dynamics and the role of media, arts, and performance, provides the framework for this seminar series.

In the graduate seminar series The Right to the City & Urban Commons , students participate in three seminar sessions and a 2-day ‘pressure cooker’ workshop. The first seminar will focus on conceptualizing the notions of ‘the right to the city’ and the ‘urban commons’. What are today’s urban commons and how can people claim their right to the city in contemporary shifting urban conditions? The second session is dedicated to current urban common practices, and the imagining of new ones, from the perspective of media, art and performance projects. Several case studies will be discussed and analyzed. The third seminar prepares participants for the two-day pressure cooker workshop, where students will learn how to put their theoretical knowledge into practice through the use of a ‘critical making’ approach.

Students prepare readings for every seminar and write short blog posts to be put on the website of [urban interfaces]. The pressure cooker workshop – organized in collaboration with partners HKU and Creative Coding Utrecht – consists of two days in which hands-on making is combined with in-depth theoretical analyses and inspirational keynote speakers. During these two days, students work in small groups on the design of urban public interventions that depart from Elinor Ostrom’s commons design principles. This critical making workshop trains students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and to position themselves within the current debates on urban commons and the right to the city.