RMES Summer School 2022: Communities of Feeling

When? 16, 17 & 20 June 2022*
  University of Amsterdam
Organizers? Prof. Misha Kavka, Prof. Patricia Pisters, and Dr. Maryn Wilkinson
For? PhD Candidates and Research master students who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). Students who are members of RMeS will have first access.
ECTS? 2 ECTS (for participation and attendance) / 5 ECTS (for participation, attendance and writing a 3500 word paper, see details below)
Registration: Register before June 1, 2022.
When registering, please specify if you intend to obtain 2 or 5 EC.

In 2010, Anna Gibbs presciently wrote that ‘[c]ontagion is everywhere in the contemporary world. It leaps from body to body, sweeping through mediatized populations at the speed of a bushfire’ (‘After Affect’, The Affect Theory Reader). Although to our COVID-sensitized ears this sounds alarming, Gibbs was in fact laying the groundwork for a productive notion of ‘affect contagion’ that enables as well as mediates our sense of belonging, whether to familial, social, cultural or political networks. For Gibbs it is feelings, as they leap from body to body across mediated channels, that thread together communities out of shared attachments, dynamics and resonances. Today, as we feel our way into the ‘new normal’ of a contagion-conscious world where we are increasingly bound to each other through media technologies, it is time to reclaim the productive contagiousness of feelings and rethink how community-building is affected by the way our connections flow through and across media. 

To this end, the 2022 RmeS Summer School will address the topic of ‘Communities of Feeling’ from both a theoretical and methodological perspective, and ask us to consider how we use a range of screen, social and digital media to establish, manage and maintain our communities. Over two days of lectures and workshops, students will be introduced to skills, methods and concepts that will help them analyse mediated communities from the perspective of feelings, with particular attention paid to the way that media engagement foments belonging, and community belonging in turn takes creative, cultural and political forms. 

Confirmed speakers for lectures and workshops (more to be added):

  • Anna Gibbs, Western Sydney University
  • Eugenie Brinkema, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Amy Holdsworth, University of Glasgow
  • Tony Sampson, East London University
  • Tarja Laine, University of Amsterdam
  • Misha Kavka, University of Amsterdam

Organising team at the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam: Prof. Misha Kavka, Prof. Patricia Pisters, and Dr. Maryn Wilkinson.


Programme will be announced soon.

Information for RMA students

Research master students who are participating in the RMeS summer school have the option to

1. actively participate in the two-day programme with workshops and lectures (see programme for more information). If the students fulfil all requirements, they will receive a certificate for 2 EC upon request.
2. In addition to participating in the workshops and lectures on all three days, they can extend the credits to 5 EC by taking the Monday afternoon workshop on June 20th by Maryn Wilkinson, and by pitching and then writing a full paper of 3,500 words.

Workshop on Monday 20 June, Location TBA

To participate in the workshop, we require that you have read closely the four required readings listed below (TBA). During the workshop, we will discuss the main arguments put forward in these articles and outline various points for further research. During the second part of the workshop you will present the prospective line of argument for your proposed paper. The instructors will then provide feedback on your proposal, including further tips for your research, some writing guidelines, and comments on the finishing requirements.

Required readings to prepare for the workshop:


Students who will not be writing a paper are not required to attend this session, but if they are interested in sitting in on the workshop, they’re more than welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

Paper requirements

In order to receive the additional credits, the RMa student is expected to write a discussion paper focusing on a specific question within the theme of “Communities of Feeling” OR a critical review of the literature on this topic. The paper may serve as preparation for the MA thesis or be related to another project for the degree, but it must be an original piece of writing that clearly builds on the knowledge gained from the summer school.
The paper should be 3,500 words in length (with a margin of 10%, excluding footnotes and bibliography). The final and only deadline for the paper is July 4th , 15.00 o’clock. Please send the paper in pdf by e-mail to: RMeS@rug.nl Please note, there will not be a possibility for a retake or extension on this assignment! If you miss the deadline, the credits will not be attained.

Certificates for PhD candidates

PhD candidates who participate in the two day summer school programme receive a certificate for 2 ECTS.

* The RMeS Summer School is on 16 & 17 June 2022 (ONSITE only, COVID-permitted). Students who intend to write a paper, will have to give a pitch presentation on June 20, 13.00-16.00 (most likely ONLINE).

Join our RMeS Grad Students Discord server!

The RMeS PhD council welcomes RMa students, PhD students and post docs in media studies to join the RMeS Grad Students Discord server! It is a community to share literature, resources, tools, networks, calls for papers, and conferences. It is also a space for advice on your academic career, peer feedback on your work and discussions about teaching.

Join the Discord server via https://discord.gg/9EMWr8g88A


RMeS Course: Reel Israel: Israeli / Palestinian Cinema and TV

Reel Israel: Israeli / Palestinian Cinema and TV

Intensive four-day course by Dr. Orna Raviv

Course dates: 19-22 April 2022
Venue: Utrecht University – Department Media and Culture Studies, Munstraat 2a, Grote Zaal
Credits: Participants finalizing the course with a paper can get a certificate and credit points depending on the number of parts/days they attend: one credit point for each day (including preparatory reading and paper). For RMa Students and PhD Candidates only
Course coordinator: Prof. dr Eggo Muller (Utrecht University)
For: RMa students and PhD Candidates who are members of a Dutch National Research School (onderzoekschool).
Registration: Participation is free of charge, registration is required. To register, please send an email to e.mueller@uu.nl including your name, affiliation, and an indication of the parts of the workshop you want to attend.

This intensive four-day course examines Israeli television and cinema and some glimpse of Palestinian productions. We will discuss the historical, political and social context of Israel and some Palestinian TV and cinema industries. We will look into specific genres and explore their religious, political and cultural backgrounds and how they reflect issues of gender, ideology, and memory. We will explore how local themes and protagonists manage to appeal also to international audiences. The course is designed for PhD candidates, Research Master students, film students and interested master students in Film/TV/Media Studies in the Netherlands. Interested colleagues are also invited to attend the workshop. The workshop involves frontal teaching, group work, screenings, as well as reading and watching assignments.

Workshop Schedule
  • April 19-20: Part 1 – Documentary Cinema
  • April 21-: Part 2 – Narrative Films
  • April 22: Part 3 – TV Series.
  • An additional meeting on Zoom will be proposed for those who would like to write a final paper.
  • Participants may register for one, two or all three parts of the course.
  • An additional meeting on Zoom will be proposed for those who would like to write a final paper. Participants finalizing the course with a paper can get a certificate and credit points depending on the number of parts/days they attend: one credit point for each day (including preparatory reading and paper).

Participation is free of charge, registration is required. To register, please send an email to e.mueller@uu.nl including your name, affiliation, and an indication of the parts of the workshop you want to attend. The programme, readings list and other course materials will be shared with participants in advance.

Dr. Orna Raviv

Dr. Orna Raviv is a director and producer of fictional and documentary films. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema (1987), a MA degree cum laude in Philosophy (2007) and a  PhD in Philosophy, from Tel Aviv University (2015). Raviv is the author of Ethics of Cinematic Experience: Screens of Alterity (Routledge, 2019) and a winner of the Dan David Prize scholarship in the field of Cinema and Society. She teaches at Tel Aviv University and Shenkar College, and she is a Contributor Editor at Angelaki journal. She is the co-founder and organizer of the international conference on Israeli documentary cinema in Jerusalem: A Look from the Inside, a Look from the Outside. Her films have been screened in many film festivals and shown worldwide.

Episode 5 of our “In Media Res” podcast is now live!

In our latest episode, three members of the PhD council interview three attendees of the RMeS Winter School of 2022. First, Jeroen Boom (RU) interviews Rianne Riemens who is currently working on her PhD at Radboud University where she investigates the green ideology of big tech platforms that informs our material reality. Second, Constanza Gajardo Leon (VU) interviews Karla Zavala Barreda on her PhD at the University of Amsterdam which revolves around application ecologies and learning software aimed at young children. Last, Bjorn Beijnon (UvA) interviews Alexander Smit on his PhD at the University of Groningen in which he examines how illiterate and/or low-literate adults understand, conceptualize and practice digital literacies within their everyday lives.

Listen to the latest episode of the “In Media Res” podcast now via https://lnkd.in/dDtqmYRD

Recipient of the RMeS PhD Workshop Grant: Anouk Mols (EUR)

We are very proud to announce that Dr Anouk Mols (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will receive the RMeS Workshop Grant 2021-2022.

The workshop Context convergence: Exploring the implications of our interconnectedness with contacts, platforms, and spaces is scheduled for October 3, 2022

Anouk Mols is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Media & Communication of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on neighbourhood watch WhatsApp groups, digital communication, smart technologies (such as smart speakers and smartphone assistants), family surveillance, and AI.

Under supervision of Dr. Jason Pridmore and Prof. Susanne Janssen, she completed her PhD in 2021 with the dissertation: Everyday experiences of privacy and surveillance: Negotiating appropriate forms of monitoring.


More information about this workshop, will be published on our website in June.

About the PhD Workshop Grant
The RMeS PhD Workshop 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.