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

More information and registration:

RMeS Winter School | RMa Day

When? 27 January 2021
Time? TBA
Where? VU University – Online
Organized by? Prof. dr Ginette Verstraete (VU), Prof. dr Tamara Witschge (HvA/RUG) and Bernadette Schrandt MA (HvA) and RMeS
Open to? 2nd-year RMA students who are a member of RMeS

This year we will organise a special RMa Day prior to 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 Academic Careers Outside Academia.

The 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. It’s also possible to present another research topic you’re currently working on. The RMa students that wish to take part will have to contribute the following:

  1. A brief thesis proposal or abstract of your research topic (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 11, 2020 at the very latest 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 December 11, 2020This 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.

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 November 25, 2020, 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 December 1, 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

China CSC Scholarships at Maastricht University

Maastricht University is collaborating with the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) to offer highly qualified chinese students several PhD opportunities for which the costs are covered. Candidates must have completed or be in the second year of a research masters (MSc, MPhil) or an equivalent 2-year degree in Humanities or Social Sciences. Outstanding students with a 1-year regular masters can be accepted in exceptional cases. Please note that the Chinese candidates do not have to be based in China at the time of application.

Please also note that CSC gives particular preference to dual PhD programmes in partnership with a Chinese university. With these dual degrees, the candidate will spend most of the scholarship period at Maastricht University. They will submit and defend a thesis in UM and after completion, the candidate will return to China and defend the thesis at the partner institution. The promoter at the Chinese partner institution will need to be involved from the beginning.

We offer two potential opportunities for PhD students: one on 3D scholarship and one on Citizen Science. You can find more information below:

Please forward these opportunities to any students or other contacts you think might be interested. Candidates will need to submit a proposal to our Faculty and therefore they should get in touch in advance with Professor Susan Schreibman and/or Dr Costas Papadopoulos, well before the 6th of January deadline.

Further information about the PhD fellowships can be found here: