RMeS RMa Course: Trending Topics – Engaging Objects

When? 14, 21 & 28 February, 6 March 13.00 – 17.00 / presentation day: 20 March 2019 12.00 – 18.00 / deadline paper: Mid April
Where? University of Amsterdam, See below
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.

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)

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

PhD Defence: Tim Groot Kormelink – Capturing and making sense of everyday news use

Date: Tuesday November 12th, 13:45, in the Aula of the VU
Title: “Capturing and making sense of everyday news use”
Supervisor: prof. dr. Irene Costera Meijer. Co-supervisor: prof. dr. Marcel Broersma
Committee: prof. dr. Katja Kwastek, prof. dr. José van Dijck, prof. dr. Wiebke Loosen, prof. dr. Mark Deuze, prof. dr. Hallvard Moe

On the face of it, both journalism and Journalism Studies have witnessed a shift toward the users of news. However, while news users have taken center stage in discussions about journalism, they are still more often spoken about rather than spoken with. As a result, we have comparatively little understanding of news use from an emic perspective (Pike, 1967): how news users make sense of their own news use. My dissertation therefore seeks to understand news users explicitly in and on their own terms. Specifically, it takes their experience as point of departure, and explores the theoretical, methodological and epistemological implications involved. Its central question is deceptively simple: How can people’s experiences of news use be captured, and how can these experiences help us to make sense of everyday news use? Rather than aiming to arrive at a unified audience theory, the dissertation seeks to do justice to the messiness and contradictions of everyday news use in all its complexity.

Link to PhD-thesis: https://research.vu.nl/en/publications/capturing-and-making-sense-of-everyday-news-use


RMeS Winter School | RMa Day

When? 30 January 2020
Time? TBA
Where? Utrecht University
Organized by? Professor Frank Kessler (UU) and RMeS
Open to? 2nd-year RMA students who are a member of RMeS

This year we will organise a special RMa Day on the second day of our RMeS Winter School & Graduate Symposium. This will include the following programme components: 1) parallel sessions to present work to peers, 2) lectures by RMeS staff members, and 3) a workshop on Research Valorisation and Fundraising Schemes.

The parallel sessions during the RMA Day of the RMeS Winter School will be primarily intended for 2nd-year RMA students, so that they can present their thesis proposals and receive constructive feedback from peers. The RMa students that wish to take part will have to contribute the following:

  1. A brief thesis proposal (1-2 A4) that will be collected prior to the event and circulated among fellow RMa Students and Winter School teachers.
  2. An 8-10-minute presentation on the day itself, which should include an introduction to the subject matter, the method/approach, expected outcomes, and the significance of the research for the field.
  3. A written response to a peer (participants will serve as respondents to each other’s presentations), of 3-5-minutes, that presents questions, notes, and constructive feedback.

The overall exercise is intended to provide RMa students with the opportunity to present work and respond to an Q&A like they would in a symposium or conference, and also to receive feedback on their research proposals.

Keynote speakers

  • TBA

Sign up for the Winter School

If you are interested in participating and earning credit (1 EC) please

  • Register for the Winter School before December 16, 2019 via our website. You will receive a confirmation email from the RMeS office.
  • Please submit a brief thesis proposal (1-2 A4) for individual presentations before January 14, 2020. This proposal should include a short introduction to the subject matter, method/approach, expected outcomes, and the significance of the research for the field into this proposal (which you will expand on in the presentation). On the basis of your submissions, we assign reviewers and organize responses. We will distribute the proposals to all participants and assign the tasks of writing a response, including a set of questions (1-2 pages long). Each of you will have to write one peer review.
  • Presentations: During the Winter School, each participant will give a presentation about their thesis proposal of 8-10 minutes. The peer assigned to be respondent will then provide a prepared peer review (as an oral summary during the session, and then in writing on the same day). All session members engage in general discussion and feedback.

The [urban interfaces] graduate seminar 2019-2020

Urban Ecologies

Dates: February 11 and 25, and March 10, 2020
Time and Venue: 13.00-17.00 @ MCW Lab, Muntstraat 2A, 3512 EV Utrecht
Credits: 3 ECTS (for RMa Studentes and PhD Candidates only, MA students who want to obtain ECTS can contact Dr Nanna Verhoeff for more information)
The seminar series is open to (R)Ma students and PhD candidates
Register via RMeS website

Organized by: http://urbaninterfaces.sites.uu.nl
More information: Dr Nanna Verhoeff – N.Verhoeff[at]uu.nl

Life in our cities pose huge challenges for today as well as the (near) future. Perhaps the most urgent challenges we face deal with the implications of the present for the  (near) future, specifically for the livability and sustainability of the complex and dynamic urban ecologies that we share, shape and design. In this seminar series, we propose to address the possibility of imagining alternative futures for urban life as we know it today  as an ‘interfacing’ challenge. Conceptually, interfaces are understood to establish relations between two or more separate entities, while at the same time (re)defining them. This relationaly and (literal) productivity we see at the heart of design and media, art, and performance practices and how, as urban interfaces, they address, respond to, and co-shape the current challenges for sustainable futures for urban ecologies.

In three sessions, we read and discuss a number of seminal and programmatic texts that address issues around livable and sustainable urban ecologies, the role of critical imaginaries and design in shaping futures for our cities, and perspectives for more-than-human cities:

  • Tuesday February 11: Transformative Cities
  • Tuesday February 25: Resilient Cities
  • Tuesday March 10: More-Than-Human Cities

Requirements: attendance and three blog reports on the reading and discussion.