Vacancies : Three PhD positions “Governing Digital Societies in Europe” at Utrecht University.

Three fully funded PhD positions “Governing Digital Societies in Europe” (1.0 FTE) at Utrecht University

Job description
The Department of Media and Culture seeks to appoint three PhD candidates for the project “Governing Digital Societies in Europe” led by Prof. dr José van Dijck. This project forms the start of an interdisciplinary research group that investigates socio-technical, legal and governance aspects of online platforms and data practices. The candidate may write his/her own research proposal that should deal with digital platforms and their effects on public institutions or democratic processes. Preferably, the proposal focuses on one or two specific sectors (e.g. online news) or one or two specific data practices (e.g. data literacy or policy making). Since the subject of ‘governing the digital society’ is highly interdisciplinary, the ideal candidate is expected to combine theoretical and methodological perspectives, such as media studies, law, information science, software studies, philosophy or governance studies. The project will be situated in the Media and Culture Studies Department with close associations with the Utrecht Data School, the Centre for Digital Humanities and the UU research theme “Institutions for Open Societies.”

A successful PhD candidate should preferably have:

  • a (research) Master degree in Media Studies, Information Law, Communication, Information Science or a suitable related academic field;
  • an outstanding record of undergraduate and graduate work, preferably international experience;
  • demonstrable experience in analyzing technological-legal discourse;
  • experience in applying digital methods and preferably programming skills (eg python and/or r. Skilled with gephi, tableau and excel. Preferably knowlegde of mySQL or noSQL and jupyter notebooks);
  • strong writing skills and an excellent command of English, both written and orally; preferably knowledge of Dutch;
  • an interest in teaching to undergraduate students through the Utrecht Data School and/or the future track Applied Data Science.

The position is full-time (1.0 FTE), composed of 0.8 FTE research and 0.2 FTE teaching. Starting date is 1 September 2018. The position is for an initial period of 18 months which, after a positive assessment of progress is made, will be extended by another 30 months (4 years in total). The gross salary ranges between €2,222 gross per month for a full-time employment in the first year, ending at €2,840 in the fourth year. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). You’ll find more information at working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information
For more information, please contact Prof. dr José van Dijck, or Prof. dr Frank Kessler,
Applications should address each of the criteria mentioned under qualifications, and include the following documents:

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • research design proposal (max 2.000 words, including references);
  • copy of a recent (academic) publication (max 30 pages) or a recent paper;
  • copy of relevant diplomas and grades.

Please use the application button below to apply. The application deadline is May 6nd.

Please use this link to send in applications:


Workshop: Pioneering Journalism (University of Groningen)


18 April 2018 – University of Groningen

Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen

A workshop organised by Groningen Centre for Media and Journalism Studies Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) University of Groningen

In this workshop we bring together leading scholars from the field of journalism studies to address issues of journalism, media innovation and civic culture. The main aim of the contributions is to question the way in which technological innovation is foregrounded over social change, and the extent to which earlier practices and epistemologies of journalism remain dominant or are fundamentally reconsidered. Here, the contributors raise critical questions, provide insight drawing on empirical analysis and present new theoretical and methodological frameworks that allow us to ask: what forms of innovation in journalism and adjacent fields are meaningful towards addressing some of the fundamental challenges that journalism is facing in interpreting and portraying the complex social world? We pay particular attention to those actors in the field that can be seen as ‘pioneers’ (Hepp) who change the rules of the game by becoming role models for others, and ultimately address those practices that expand the scope and relevance of journalism.

To sign up, email


16:00 Opening and welcome to ICOG and Groningen Centre for Media and Journalism Studies: Marcel Broersma

16:05: Introduction to the theme of the workshop ~ Tamara Witschge

16:15 Who are pioneers and why do they matter? ~ Wiebke Loosen

16:30 Civic Technologists as Pioneers in Journalism ~ Stefan Baack

16:45 Incorporating Emotional and Aesthetic Meaning of Data in News ~ Chris Anderson

17:15 Roundtable ~ moderator Mark Deuze

18:00:18:30 drinks


Masterclass Professor Richard Dyer

Lethal Repetition: Serial Killing in European Cinema (BFI 2015)

05 April 2018
10:00 – 12:00

organized by Jaap Kooijman

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Richard Dyer is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at King’s College, London, and Professorial Fellow in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK. He has been honoured by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, and Turku and Yale Universities, and is Fellow of the British Academy. His many books include Stars (1979), Heavenly Bodies (1986), Now You See It (1990), Only Entertainment (1992), The Matter of Images (1993), White (1997), The Culture of Queers (2002), Pastiche (2006), Nino Rota (2010), In the Space of a Song (2012), and Lethal Repetition (2015). This year, he published La Dolce Vita in the BFI Film Classics series.

See also: Catherine Grant and Jaap Kooijman, “Pleasure | Obvious | Queer: A Conversation with Richard Dyer,” NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies 5:1 (2016):

Oudemanhuispoort – C 1.05
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Amsterdam

CLARIAH Media Studies Summer school

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
July 2-6, 2018


This one-week event introduces scholars (senior and phd) to the CLARIAH tools for advanced audio-visual analysis, which enable research on a growing number of collections and their contextual data. Guided by experts in data-driven research, the participants will work in small teams on specific research projects. The keynote speakers are Eric Hoyt and Dana Mustata. Project work will be supported by leading digital humanities experts and media scholars, including Julia Noordegraaf, Roeland Ordelman, Lora Aroyo, Marijn Koolen, Jaap Blom, Marcel Broersma, Jasmijn van Gorp, Thomas Poell, Eva Baaren, Susan Aasman, Susan Hoogervorst, Carlos Martinez Ortiz, Norah Karrouche, Kaspar Beelen, Christian Olesen, Liliana Melgar, among others. Registration is free.

Further information:

Research internship vacancy: ACE Producers

About ACE

ACE producers is an exclusive network of experienced independent film producers from Europe and beyond.

Producers with proven experience in their own countries are welcomed into the network after completing the ACE programme of advanced training, which consists of three workshops during one year. The training asserts the position and unique responsibilities of the producer throughout the whole process of a project’s development, production, marketing and delivery to audiences.

Between 16 and 20 new producers are selected each year for the ACE programme. Training is provided with the help of consultants who have notably strong track-records in story development, project financing and international distribution. Senior members of the ACE Producers network also participate as consultants, sharing their international experience and knowledge.

Founded in 1993, ACE Producers now has close to 200 members from more than 45 countries. Network members gather for further training and professional events at all major festivals and markets during the year, and regularly co-produce with each other.


The role of the research intern is to gather data on the monetary power of all of ACE’s members – demonstrating the importance, in financial terms, of what these producers represent. ACE has close to 200 producers making a number of films per year – the combined turnover of these producers’ companies is substantial. To help make the role of producers respected and influential in the world of politics and economics, it is important to make clear to politicians and decisionmakers how many jobs producers create and how much money they feed back into the system.

What needs to be calculated: how many people are employed by ACE members each year, how many days work do ACE producers pay, how much money goes back into the system, how many films have they made in the past year, where were they distributed, what was their turnover.

This information will allow ACE Producers to show the power of independent producers demonstrating that they are a force within the industry at large.

Key responsibilities

  • Research on the exact needs, and create an accurate questionnaire;
  • Contact all active ACE producers and collecting data;
  • General online research on films and producers;
  • Gather and disseminate intelligence on all relevant information;
  • Provide insight on collection of data and write elaborate report.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Interested and some experience in researching and data mining;
  • Must be proactive, motivated, highly-organised and a self-starter with strong attention to detail;
  • Must be numerate and have ability to analyse research data and provide analysis;
  • Knowledge on the film and the cinema industry a plus;
  • Team player with ability to work independently and with multiple projects;
  • Strong written skills a must;
  • Available to potentially travel abroad;
  • Strong international knowledge and interest;
  • Fluency in English is necessary;
  • Any other European language is a plus;
  • Highly proficient in use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Starting date: 16th of April (but flexibility)

Location: Amsterdam