Keynote lecture: Creative Practice Ethnography by Professor Larissa Hjorth (RMIT University)

Creative Practice Ethnography: techniques, translation and transmission

Date: 28 January 2021
Time: 9.30 – 11.00
Location: ONLINE ZOOM, tba (link will be sent when you have registered)
Registration: Please register via website

Professor Larissa Hjorth (RMIT University)

As media becomes increasingly entangled into complex social and material worlds, we need to deploy interdisciplinary and non-traditional methods. In particular, working with communities and collaborative participants requires a commitment to research techniques, translation and (knowledge) transmission. In this talk I explore a few examples of fieldwork which required more than just ethnography as action research. I reflect upon the power of creative practice methodologies to give voice to tacit practices and to find alternative ways for adapting the research into productive synthesis, exchange and generative collaboration.

Drawing on my collaborative research with Jungnickel, Harris and Coombs, I reflect upon our conceptualization of creative practice ethnography as something more than just the coalescence of creative practice and ethnography—rather as a rubric that recognizes the complex ways we know, experience and understand the world through different storytelling techniques. We argue that creative practice ethnography can facilitate and mobilize research across the three Ts—techniques, translation and transmission.


Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is a digital ethnographer, socially-engaged artist,  and director of the Design & Creative Practice (DCP) research platform at RMIT University (see Hjorth has two decades of experience leading interdisciplinary and collaborative digital and mobile media projects that use innovative methods to understand intergenerational relationships. She has led 20 national and international research projects in locations such as Japan, South Korea, China and Australia. Hjorth has also worked extensively on how mobile media is used for grief, loss and recovery including the Fukushima disaster of 2011. Hjorth has published over 100 publications on the topic—recent publications include Haunting Hands (with Cumiskey, Oxford Uni Press), Understanding Social Media (with Hinton, 2nd Edition, Sage), Creative Practice Ethnographies (with Harris, Jungnickel and Coombs, Rowman & Little) and Ambient Play (with Richardson, MIT Press).

RUG new host university RMeS

Dear RMeS community,

It is with great happiness that we would like to inform you that after a wonderful ten year period at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen will become the new host for RMeS from January 2021 on, for its next decade.

RMeS was launched in 2011 at the initiative of Professor José van Dijck. As a new national research school network, it was set up to bring together and advance knowledge in the field of media studies in the Netherlands. With programmes and events aimed to educate and connect both prospective and established scholars in the field, RMeS has celebrated both classical and cutting edge theories and methodologies, and kept its academic peers up to date on relevant research developments in the field.

Over the past ten years, RMeS has organised a wide range events, on a great variety of media studies topics, and across all participating universities in the Netherlands, that connect local expertise to graduate students situated throughout the country. Within its core programme components, like the Winter and Summer Schools and courses such as ‘Trending Topics’ and ‘Contemporary Approaches To Digital Cultures’ for PhD Candidates and Research Master students, RMeS has created a platform for national and international guest speakers, and offered a unique and valuable space for intellectual engagement and exchange.

A lot may have changed in our field over the last decade, but what has not changed, is our mission to inspire and connect RMa students, PhD candidates, and staff members, working in media studies across the Netherlands and beyond. We are confident that the University of Groningen will proudly take over our commitment to that mission, and that the RMeS community will continue to flourish with Professor Marcel Broersma as its new Academic Director.

With kind regards, and all the best wishes for the season,

The RMeS Team

Vacancy | The RMeS PhD Council needs you!

PhD Position

The RMeS PhD Council needs you!

The RMeS PhD Council is looking for a new member. 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 a new member of the Council from:

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

If you are interested in this position, or just want to ask some more questions, please let us know by sending an e-mail before January 11, 2021, 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 Our aim is to choose a new member before January 31, 2020.

In the case of more than one applicant for this 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

Recipient of the RMeS PhD Workshop Grant: Dr Rik Spanjers

Recipient of the RMeS PhD Workshop Grant: Dr Rik Spanjers

Book Launch: Introducing Vigilant Audiences

'Introducing Vigilant Audiences

Wednesday, 25th November, 2020 | 3:00 pm GMT | 4:00pm CET (Online)

OBP presents a conversation with Daniel Trottier, Rashid Gabdulhakov and Qian Huang about their latest book ‘Introducing Vigilant Audiences’
About this Event

Join editors Daniel Trottier, Rashid Gabdulhakov and Qian Huang in this online book launch where they will discuss the ideas behind their latest title ‘Introducing Vigilant Audiences’.

Wednesday, 25th November, 2020 | 3:00 pm GMT | 4:00pm CET (Online)


16:00 – 16:05: Opening Remarks

16:05 – 16:20: Presentation of book: overview, scholarly and social relevance

16:20 – 16:45: Q & A with panellists

You can leave questions to the panellists before the event here.

About the Book

This ground-breaking collection of essays examines the scope and consequences of digital vigilantism – a phenomenon emerging on a global scale, which sees digital audiences using social platforms to shape social and political life. Longstanding forms of moral scrutiny and justice seeking are disseminated through our contemporary media landscape, and researchers are increasingly recognising the significance of societal impacts effected by digital media.

The authors engage with a range of cross-disciplinary perspectives in order to explore the actions of a vigilant digital audience – denunciation, shaming, doxing – and to consider the role of the press and other public figures in supporting or contesting these activities. In turn, the volume illuminates several tensions underlying these justice seeking activities – from their capacity to reproduce categorical forms of discrimination, to the diverse motivations of the wider audiences who participate in vigilant denunciations.

This timely volume presents thoughtful case studies drawn both from high-profile Anglo-American contexts, and from developments in regions that have received less coverage in English-language scholarship. It is distinctive in its focus on the contested boundary between policing and entertainment, and on the various contexts in which the desire to seek retribution converges with the desire to consume entertainment.

Introducing Vigilant Audiences will be of great value to researchers and students of sociology, politics, criminology, critical security studies, and media and communication. It will be of further interest to those who wish to understand recent cases of citizen-led justice seeking in their global context.

This is an Open Access title available to read and download for free at

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