Call for Proposals: RMeS Workshop Grant

RMeS PhD Workshop Grant

The RMeS PhD Grant enables advanced PhD-candidates or recently graduated PhDs to organize a workshop around their own research and share their expertise with a new generation of scholars. The workshop is to center on the theme of the recipient’s dissertation or their current research project. The Grant is intended to acknowledge original and innovative contributions to the field of media studies and to highlight the work of talented scholars at the beginning of their careers.

The grant provides a maximum of €1000 to cover costs for organizing the event (e.g., catering, travel and accommodation for any guest speakers), including a personal fee of €250. Applicants are encouraged to invite leading scholars in their field as guest speakers.


  • Candidates are to submit a short workshop proposal (including an estimate of the expected costs) to The RMeS Advisory Board, in consultation with the RMeS PhD council, will select a shortlist of candidates, after which the former will pick the grantee.
  • The workshop is intended for PhD Candidates and RMa Students. Attendees must earn 1 EC through attendance and an assignment. This assignment is to be designed and graded by the organizer, and supervised by a professor in order to guarantee the quality of the workshop. Formal requirements for the workshop and the assignment will be sent upon request.
  • Recipients must be RMeS-members* who are in the final stages of their PhD-project or have obtained their PhD no longer than four years ago. (* they must be or have been RMeS PhD-candidates)
  • Send your proposal before October 15, 2020. The Workshop will be scheduled for the educational programme 2020-2021, in consultation with RMeS.

Former recipients of the RMeS PhD Workshop Grant:


RMeS Winter School & Graduate Symposium 2020-21

RMeS Winter School & Graduate Symposium 2020-21

When? January/February 2021 (TBA)
Time? TBA
Where? VU University Amsterdam
ECTS? 2 (two full days plus preparation 3 days)
Organized by? Professor Ginette Verstraete (VU) and RMeS
Open to? PhD candidates who are a member of RMeS
Fee (non-members): € 150

Registration will open Fall 2020

This Winter School will feature different types of sessions: 1) sessions for presenting your work to peers 2) lectures by RMeS staff members and 3) a workshop on Academic Career outside Academia.

  1. PhD’s are kindly asked to submit an abstract of their paper presentation. This may regard a chapter of your dissertation, a draft for an article, or a write-up of research results, which you would like to discuss with your peers. We will group your abstracts into panels, selecting panels on the basis of your theme/subject, approach and your level of advancement in the PhD track. If you want to be in a session with one or two of your peers (people whose judgment you value, or people you haven’t worked with yet) please feel free to indicate this on your abstract. We will then try to organize panels on the basis of your proposals. You will be assigned to peer-review one paper and to chair or respond to one paper in another session. A month before the Winter School starts, you will be asked to send in your full chapter or article, which will be peer-reviewed and responded to during the Winter School.
  2. Lectures: TBA
  3. Finally, this Winter School & Graduate Seminar will also offer a workshop on Academic Career outside Academia.

More information will follow soon.

RMeS RMa Course: Trending Topics – Engaging Objects

When? 12, 19 & 26 February, 5 March 13.00 – 17.00 / presentation day: 19 March 2021 12.00 – 18.00 / deadline paper: Mid April (tbc)
Where? University of Amsterdam, TBA
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:

Registration will open Fall 2020

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%).


  • 11 February
  • 19 February
  • 26 February
  • 5 March
  • 19 March


13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 12th, 2021: 


13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 19th, 2021: 


13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 26th, 2021: 


13.00-17.00 on Friday, March 5th, 2021: 


Educational Programme 2020 – 2021

We are currently finalizing our educational programme for 2020-2021. We expect to offer the following educational activities:

RMeS Winter School & Graduate Symposium (expected January/February 2021)
RMeS RMa Course: Trending Topics (expected February/March 2021)
RMeS RMa Course: Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, Disinformation and the Media (expected April/May/June 2021)
RMeS Summer School (expected June 2021)

Masterclasses will be announced during the academic year.

Full programme will be available by the end of August. Registration will open Fall 2020.

We wish you all a well deserved Summer break.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The RMeS office is closed from July 30 – September 1, 2020

How to work with pleasure in times of corona by Bernadette Kester (EUR)

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This is a blog post written by Bernadette Kester she is a senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University. Her teaching and research activities lie in the fields of journalism studies and media and representation. Currently she works on publications about the coping strategies of war journalists; and the well-being of foreign correspondents and journalists in general.

How to work with pleasure in times of corona

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has dramatically transformed our everyday realities. Such significant changes inevitably affected our approaches in academic work. With (even greater) uncertainty  about the future and merging of office/home environments, finding focus can be rather challenging. We have reached out to our Confidential Counsellor and a qualified Meditation Teacher, Dr Bernadette Kester for some advice and useful tools in battling distractions. Below you will find Bernadette’s message. The PhD Club of ERMeCC is very grateful for your time and expertise, Bernadette!

First of all, thank you for inviting me to contribute to your blog with a piece on ‘how to work with pleasure (in times of corona)?’. Indeed, I altered the title… but to me it sounds better than ‘how to prevent stress?’. How you formulate what your circumstances are, how you feel, what you would like to accomplish, what your ideal work situation would be, etc. matters a lot. Language matters, language constructs our reality, at least it influences how we experience our reality. It seems our brain doesn’t respond well to negatively formulated demands or wishes. So instead of saying ‘I don’t want to eat chocolate so much’, it usually works better and more stimulating to say ‘I want to eat more healthy food’. In our case, it’s most of all not about the wish ‘not wanting to feel stressed or frightened or worried’ but about the question ‘How could I learn to work with pleasure (under the circumstances)?’. It boils down to your main question ‘How to stay focused?’. Indeed, having a focus, and being focused in your (life and) work, generates enormous pleasure.

  • Formulate your wishes and your aspirations positively
  • Contemplate on the question of what it means to work with pleasure. How does that look for you? What would your ideal conditions be? Which of these conditions are realisable (given the circumstances)?

In order to feel balanced and well we need to know (and we usually do know) how to recharge ourselves, we (usually) also know what our goals are (short and long term), and we have learned how to keep strong ties with the people around us. Under the given circumstances the first and the last condition have become more complicated. Not being able to go to the pub for relaxing and seeing your friends can bring about feelings of loneliness and isolation. Try to zoom out and consider this situation as temporary. Such an approach has been widely propagated these days, but it is actually true and it offers some opportunities! It opens the road to the most important thing in life: to become friends with yourself or to feel at home with yourself! Sounds perhaps a bit woolly for some of you, but I discovered myself how important this actually is. How often are we unsatisfied with ourselves, criticizing ourselves, being very strict to ourselves, et cetera? And a lot of this happens unconsciously. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your dearest friend. Talk to yourself, keep a diary, learn to know yourself (better). Be more encouraging and lenient to yourself. This intimate relationship lasts a lifelong, so you better start to value it. If the basis is okay, the rest is a ‘piece of cake’. But if the basis doesn’t feel okay yet, start with the cake (see below)!

  • Take on a different perspective on your social reality: zoom out every now and then
  • Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your dearest friend

Let’s return to our main question: How to work with pleasure?

Want to read more? Here you find the complete blog post, including practical tips.