Recipient of the first RMeS PhD Workshop Grant: Dr Rik Smit

We are very proud to announce that Dr Rik Smit (University of Groningen) will receive the first RMeS Workshop Grant. The RMeS PhD Council, together with two selected members of the Advisory Board, selected Smit’s proposal out of 4 other proposals.

The jury praised Rik Smit’s proposal “Appnography: Researching the apps of life and the life of apps” for its exciting, topical theme and its well-thought-out and well-developed programme. They also applauded his original student assignment which asks participants to come up with a “design fiction”, aimed at exploring and critiquing possible futures. As the workshop connects Rik’s PhD project (Platforms of Memory: Social Media and Digital Memory Work) to his current project on personal memory apps, the jury believes the RMeS Workshop Grant will provide him with a fantastic opportunity to present his work to a new generation of media scholars.

The workshop Appnography: Researching the apps of life and the life of apps is scheduled 1 April 2019.

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.

Masterclass: Researching media use (prof. dr. Kim Schrøder and prof. dr. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen)

When? 25 January 2019
Time? Friday afternoon, 13 – 17 hrs
Where? KNAW – Het Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29 Amsterdam
Coordination? Prof. Marcel Broersma (RUG), Prof. Irene Costera Meijer (VU), KNAW
Speakers? Prof. dr. Kim Schrøder (Roskilde University) and prof. dr. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University)
Open to? PhD’s and research master students
Register before: 31 December 2018
 Maximum participants in the event: 20

In this masterclass, two esteemed media and journalism scholars will reflect on different methodologies for studying media audiences. Based on their own work, they will discuss how one’s choice of method shapes and colors the results of research into media use. Prof. Kim Schröder is an expert in the cross-media consumption of news and applies both qualitative and quantitative methods, often in mixed-methods designs such as Q-sort methodology, to study media as resources in everyday life. Prof. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is the director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that conducts the annual and world-wide survey of digital news use. They will discuss the pros and cons of qualitative and quantitative methods to study media use, and the value of combining both strands of research in mixed-methods approaches

Participants are asked to read two key texts and prepare an elevator pitch in which they relate one of the discussed methods to their own research.


Prof. Kim Schrøder is Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Denmark. His books in English include Audience Transformations: Shifting Audience Positions in Late Modernity (co-edited, 2014), Museum Communication and Social Media: The Connected Museum (co-edited, 2013), and Researching Audiences (coauthored, 2003). His research interests comprise the analysis of audience uses and experiences of media. His recent work explores mixed methods for mapping news consumption.

Prof. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford. His work focuses on changes in the news media, political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond.


RMeS Winter School & Graduate Symposium 2018-19

When? 31 January
Time? 10.00 – 18.00 hrs (31/1, followed by drinks at a restaurant)
Where? Leiden University
ECTS? 2 (two full days plus preparation 3 days)
Organized by? Professor Sybille Lammes (UL), and RMeS
Open to? PhD candidates who are a member of RMeS
Fee (non-members): € 150
Registration (max number of participants: 15)
Register before 10 January 2019

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

  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 Integrity.

Keynote speaker

  • Dr. Pepita Hesselberth

Sign up for Winter School

If you are interested in participating and earning credit (both in EC and social credit from your peers), please

  • Register for the Winter School before January 10, 2019 via our website. You will receive a confirmation email from our RMeS office.
  • Please submit abstracts for individual presentations before January 10, 2019. Abstracts for individual presentations are max 300 words, including a clear research question or thesis statement. Please indicate on your abstract whether you would like to be in a panel with specified other participants and/or whom you consider a suitable reviewer for your paper (although we cannot promise that all your wishes will come true…).
  • You can opt for two formats in terms of paper submission:
  1. Those of you who are in the very early stages of your PhD, may also consider to hand in your PhD proposal, which will then be commented upon by your peers. (recommended to PhDs who have just started)
  2. Most PhD candidates will opt to hand in a chapter/article format: a full paper of approx. 5,000 – 6,000 words.
  • Full papers of (or one of the above formats) are due by January 14, 2019. On the basis of your submissions, we will group the panels, assign reviewers and organize responses. We will distribute the papers to all panel-members and assign the tasks of writing a full peer review (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 of 5-10 minutes. Each presentation will receive a prepared peer review (in writing, handed in the same day, and a short oral summary of the review). Another panel member will be assigned as discussant/respondent. All session members engage in discussion and feedback.


Research Master’s Seminar: “Imagining the Image” (VU University)

When? February – June 2019
Where? VU University, TBA
For? RMa Students
Credits? 9 ECTS
Coordinator? dr Sven Lutticken (VU University)
Registration? Please send a short motivation before 16 November 2018, to s.lutticken[at] and c.c. to RMeS-fgw[at] Please be sure to specify your master programme, national research school and university.

This course examines different conceptualizations of the image in the context of historical transformations of the arts. This year’s edition will focus on critical theories of representation and visibility, including not only art and media theory but also in philosophy, feminist theory and postcolonial studies. Looking into representation both in the sense of depiction (Darstellung) and of political delegation (Vertretung), we will discuss the multiple valences, ambiguous past and uncertain future of this concept. Contemporary artistic and activist practices will be analysed in conjunction with the theoretical writings.

Participants in this course will:
1) analyse and compare relevant theories of the image in art history, media studies, design studies and the history of architecture.
2) actively apply theories to selected case studies.
3) examine the historicity of theories of the image and the potential contemporary relevance of older writings.
4) reflect on the wider social and cultural relevance of various conceptualizations of the image and visibility.

Lecture and seminar. The focus is on active participation and the ability to articulate and discuss one’s analysis.

Students write an essay that counts for 60% of the final grade; presentations during class (30%) and participation in the discussions (10%) make up the remaining 40%. Students are expected to be able to discuss and critique theoretical texts at a high level of sophistication.

Matching of course objectives and assessment
Objective 1: Discussion about readings (10%), presentation (30%)
Objective 2: Essay, 3000 words (60%)
Objective 3: Discussion, presentation, essay
Objective 4: Discussion


To be announced


Admission to Research Master’s programme Critical Studies in Art and Culture. Students from other tracks in the Humanities Research Master, and students from comparable research master’s programmes elsewhere, may be admitted individually, depending on their background knowledge.
To register: Please send a short motivation to s.lutticken[at] and c.c. to RMeS-fgw[at] Please be sure to specify your master programme, national research school and university.

Datafied Society seminar: Governance & Governmentality

Date: October 8th, October 22nd, November 5th, November 19th, December 3rd, December 17th.
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: Utrecht University – Drift 13, room 0.05
Open to: PhD candidates and RMa students who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). Students who are members of RMeS will have first access.
Credits: 3 ECTS
Organization: Karin van Es, Maranke Wieringa, Gerwin van Schie and Tim de Winkel
Registration: Maximum participants in the event: 12
Register before: September 30th. Register here

General description

About the course

How do data influence the governing of our society? With automatic systems checking for fraud, or trying to predict crimes before they’ve happened, it becomes increasingly important to reflect on the governance and governmentalities (Foucault 2010) such systems enforce and/or facilitate.

This first instance of the course is themed ‘Governance and Governmentalities’, and will focus on how technology/data systems are used to exert power over data subjects, how they influence decision making and how technology/data systems are inscribed by powerful entities. The course takes a media studies perspective, but draws from a wide variety of fields such as ANT, sociology, information and computer sciences, gender studies, platform studies, and critical theory.

Participants who want to take the course for ECTS, are required to 1) actively participate during the whole course (10%), and 2) present a research proposal (90%). In this research proposal the participants are required to demonstrate how the texts we’ve discussed in the previous weeks could be applied to a research project. The research itself does not have to be executed. Instead, students will be presenting a proposal, which includes a case, research question(s), and propose an adequate method and a theoretical framework, during class.

3 ECTS (of 28 hours each), equates to 84 hours of study load. The study load is distributed as follows:

  • 6 seminars of 3 hours each = 18 hour;
  • Preparation of seminars 5 x 10 hours (thoroughly reading the texts and formulating questions) = 50 hours;
  • Preparing one’s own research proposal and presenting it = 16 hours.

About Datafied Society

The Datafied Society research platform addresses societal challenges emerging from novel data practices in public governance and management, (public) media and public space and seizes opportunities for using data practices to foster citizenship, civic participation and creative production. For the coming years, our focus areas are: Government and governmentalities, Social justice and public values, and tool criticism. As part of these focus areas, the Datafied Society will regularly offer rMA students, PhD candidates and other RMeS members a themed course in we will engage in a close-reading of selected texts.


  • Meeting 1: Governance and Governmentalities
  • Meeting 2: Data infrastructures
  • Meeting 3: Governing data subjects
  • Meeting 4: The values inscribed in data systems(/technology)
  • Meeting 5: Governing (with/through) data systems
  • Meeting 6: Student presentations

Preparation and readings:

Literature will be accessible online or will otherwise be made available to students prior to the start of the course.

Credits & certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. Event coordinators will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Please direct your request to and include the postal address you want the certificate send to. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.