XVIII MAGIS International Spring School – Media Archaeology

Ecologies of Perception

March 28th-31st, 2020
Gorizia (Italy)

Drawing on a media-ecological perspective, the focus of the 2020 edition of the Media Archaeology section will be on “ecologies of perception.” What Luciana Parisi ten years ago described as “technoecologies of sensation,” (2009) today has developed into a new form of rationality, one which is not only concerned with current environmentalist challenges, but that also opens up possibilities for reconsidering processes of “technocapitalist naturalization” (Massumi 2017). Ecology, from this point of view, signifies the need to rethink “the capacities of an environment, defined in terms of a multiplicity of interlayered milieus and localities, to become generative of emergent forms and patterns” (Parisi 2017). Today’s “general ecology,” Erich Hörl writes, “characterises being and thought under the technological condition of a cybernetic state of nature” (2017). Our section picks up on the suggestion that this expanding paradigm calls for new descriptions, including a rigorous historization of sense-perception and sensation, as well as a reflection on their ethical and aesthetical implications. In a time when media increasingly operate at a micro-temporal scale “without any necessary – let alone any direct – connection to human sense perception and conscious awareness” (Hansen 2015), it opens up a horizon for asking “how to re-think or even reinvent media as a form of earth re-writing” (Starosielski/Walker 2016).

Our aim is to bring together papers on the following three, interrelated, topics: First, the relation between media and communication technologies and social movements. “The media ecological framework is particularly suited for the study of the social movements/media nexus,” Treré-Mattoni (2015) has observed, “because of its ability to provide fine-tuned explorations of the multiplicity, the interconnections, the dynamic evolution of old and new media forms for social change.” From within this framework, we are keen to hear on investigations of various forms, or dispositifs, of subjectivation in the face of newly emerging social forces or social resistance.

Second, the role of media infrastructures in shaping our ways of perceiving the world. Today, we are increasingly thinking and living under conditions of an effective
“programmability of planet earth.” (Gabrys 2016) We thus need to pay attention to the complex consequences of media becoming environmental and environments becoming mediated. From this point of view, action and resistance, as well as dynamic relations between human and non-human entities, need to be framed and shaped on a wider range of scale. Joanna Zylinska, in this context, for example, reclaims a “minimal ethics” for the Anthropocene: “swap the telescope for the microscope,” she writes. “It is a practical and conceptual device that allows us to climb up and down various spatiotemporal dimensions” (2014). We ask: what would a minimal ethics for an ecology of perception entail?

Third, the complex linkages between media as technology and environmental issues in more-than-human worlds, including “the concrete connections that media as technology has to resources […] and nature” (Parikka 2013; 2016). Special focus will be dedicated to the capitalist “production of the obsolete” (Jucan 2016); “finite media” (Cubitt 2017); the effects or remains of what Parikka called the “anthrobscene”; and the question what a speculative ethics of “slow (media) violence” (Parikka) and “matters of care” (Puig de la Bellacasa 2017) might entail.

The Media Archaeology section welcomes proposals relating (but not limited) to the following sub-topics:

  • Ecologies of perception
  • Media archeological approaches to the concept of media ecology, its materiality and infrastructures
  • The role of media affordances in building a media ecology
  • The role of computational design
  • Critical considerations of (un)sustainable media
  • Obsolescence, and or the reconstruction of the materiality of past media ecologies
  • The complex relations between media technologies, natural environments, and the multifaceted temporalities they entail
  • The role of dynamic instrumentalisation of nature in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology etc.
  • The nexus between media ecologies and social movements: interactions in a liquid production and fruition context
  • Tele-technologies for contemporary social movements (e.g. memes, meme-platforms,
    meme-generator, flashmobs, Anonymous operations etc.)
  • Dispositifs of subjectivation
  • Speculative ethics, and matters of care
  • The “minimal ethics” for “more-than-human worlds”
  • The notion of “slow media violence” and “matters of care”
  • Geologic matter and bio-matter, deep times and deep places of media in mines and rare
    earth minerals

We invite you to send us individual paper proposals, workshop proposals and panel proposals. Proposals should contain a short CV (10 lines max) and be no longer than one
page. The deadline for their submission is December, 31st 2019. A registration fee (€ 150) will be applied. For more information, please contact us at goriziafilmforum@gmail.com

Steering committee:
Diego Cavallotti, University of Cagliari
Simone Dotto, University of Udine
Pepita Hesselberth, Leiden University
Andrea Mariani, University of Udine
Sebastian Scholz, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Simone Venturini, University of Udine


Solidariteit tussen generaties

Het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen is opgericht door Rosi Braidotti en Anneke Smelik, met als doel het stimuleren van het academisch onderwijs voor getalenteerde vrouwen aan de Universiteit Utrecht.

Rosi Braidotti is filosofe, Universiteitshoogleraar en oprichter en founding director van het Centre for the Humanities aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Zij is zeer toegewijd aan het ondersteunen van de ontwikkeling van vrouwen en van sociaal duurzame systemen. Anneke Smelik is theoretica cultuur en media en hoogleraar in Visuele Cultuur op de Katrien van Munster-stoel aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Zij heeft een achtergrond in Women’s Studies en een levenslange toewijding aan de rechten van vrouwen.

Het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen richt zich op vrouwelijke onderzoekers die zich bevinden op kruispunten in hun carrière. ROSANNA biedt hen financiële ondersteuning om de volgende professionele stap te bereiken: een beurs voor een PhD of post-doc, hulp bij publicaties of buitenlandse studiereizen, steun bij het verkrijgen van een vaste aanstelling of hoogleraarschap, et cetera.


In overleg met de ROSANNA Adviesraad is een jaarlijkse beurs van €2.500,- voor een vluchtelingstudent opgestart. Deze beurs kwam tot stand in samenwerking met de Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten (UAF) Het UAF steunt al jarenlang vluchteling-studenten aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen kijkt uit naar een lange samenwerking en ondersteuning van hun goede werk.

Op 6 maart 2017 reikte het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen de eerste officiële beurs uit aan een vrouwelijke student: Atefeh Cheheli Sobi. Zij accepteerde de beurs namens de Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten.


De eerstvolgende deadline voor het ontvangen van aanmeldingen voor een ROSANNA Fonds Beurs is 1 december 2019.

Het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen ondersteunt getalenteerde kansarme vrouwelijke studenten en onderzoekers met hun carrière aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Het fonds biedt vrouwelijke studenten en onderzoekers financiële steun om hun academische ambities te verwezenlijken. Het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen zet zich in om hoger onderwijs toegankelijker te maken voor vrouwen, zodat geen enkele getalenteerde vrouw buiten de boot valt door een tekort aan financiële middelen.

Het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen geeft kortlopende beurzen tussen de € 2.500 en € 5.000. Het toegekende bedrag hangt af van de financiële situatie, plannen en behoeftes van de kandidaat. Een beurs van het ROSANNA Fonds voor Vrouwen kan per kandidaat verschillen, afhankelijk van de specifieke behoeften van de kandidaat. Kijk voor meer informatie hieronder bij ‘Aanmelding en criteria’.

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Let’s Talk Screenwriting: Creativity, Viewing Metrics and Performance

Let’s Talk Screenwriting

Screenwriting and Creativity

28 October 2019, 10:00 – 11:30

Location: Utrecht University, Department Media and Culture Studies
Kromme Nieuwegracht 20 (entrance via Muntstraat 2A), 3512 EV Utrecht
Grote Zaal  



  • Bridget Conor (King’s College)
  • Annemieke van Vliet (Fiction Valley)
  • Astrid van Keulen (AVROTROS) – to be confirmed

How can screenwriters express their creativity in their screenplays for broadcast drama and streaming platform content? What kind of parameters constitute the framework for their working practice? How can creativity be fostered in an ever-changing and fundamentally commercialized media industry?

Bridget Conor (King’s College) and Annemieke van Vliet (creative producer, Fiction Valley) will be joined by a screenwriter to discuss the relationship between creativity and screenwriting, screenwriting as creative labour, and practices of managing and catering for creativity.

This is the first of three sessions in the Let’s Talk Screenwriting series on Creativity, Viewing Metrics and Performance. During the last two decades, transformations in the media and television industries have brought about significant changes in production processes and the work (and role) of screenwriters in particular. In the sessions scholars from across Europe will work together with screenwriters and other professionals to examine how these changes alter creative practices, what they mean for rendering a screenplay into a performance, and how new technology-driven information, such as viewing data and direct feedback through social media, impact screenwriting processes. The aim of these gatherings is to get academics and screenwriters into a productive conversation with each other by reflecting on the relationship between and knowledge from both research and practice.


Screenwriting and Creativity (28 October 2019, 10:00 – 11:30)


  • Bridget Conor (King’s College)
  • Annemieke van Vliet (Fiction Valley)
  • Astrid van Keulen (AVROTROS) – to be confirmed

Data-driven Screenwriting (November 2019)
with Hanna Surma, Judith Keilbach (both UU) and others

From Screenplay to Performance (December 2019)
with Carly Wijs (actress/author/director) and others


Let’s Talk Screenwriting: Creativity, Viewing Metrics and Performance is an initiative of UCMR.
All students from BA- and (R)MA-programmes, scholars in media, communication, and arts, screen­writers and other media professionals are cordially invited to all sessions.





Vacancy: Postdoc position ‘Governing Trust in a Changing Media Landscape’

Postdoc position ‘Governing Trust in a Changing Media Landscape’ (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

Job description

We are currently looking for a Postdoc to collaborate with the Utrecht University delegation in the Horizon2020 project: Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action (PEriTiA), coordinated by Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin).  This large multi-disciplinary EU-funded project aims to enhance a clear understanding of the conditions of trust in (and the trustworthiness of) expert opinion that plays an increasingly central role in policy decisions. The specific actions proposed will feed into various initiatives to restore and improve trust in governance and enhance the quality of democracy. The project will also contribute to improving trust in science and to constructing trust-enhancing narratives for policy makers relevant both to national governments and EU governance.

Work package 4 of this larger project aims to develop a better understanding of the conditions of trust and trustworthiness in the context of digital platforms and social media networks, with a specific focus on trust in experts. This work package studies mechanisms of detecting trust and trustworthiness in the context of online communication and digital platforms. It will also investigate the role of social media in enhancing and spreading emotional content in the course of transmitting seemingly factual information (fake news, disinformation, fake science narratives). Online communication via social media creates problems in detecting and signaling trustworthiness. The digital channels for spreading knowledge often give users little basis as to who says what in which context and based on what authority or expertise. Information can sometimes be traced to recognizable organizations, but often users have to find and assess the reliability of a source. Defining a source’s validation, independence, and accuracy may prove difficult if it has all the outer features of a ‘trustworthy’ scientific source. Even users and producers of content with best intentions may have difficulty assessing trustworthiness of online content.

The Postdoc will be stationed at the University Utrecht, as part of the focus area “Governing the Digital Society”, chaired by Professor José van Dijck; He/she will collaborate with colleagues from across Europe and join the larger project team of this Horizon 2020 project at various occasions.

Expected deliverables:
• two or three (co-)authored articles in academic journals or book contributions;
• helping to prepare and organize an academic conference on this topic in Berlin (in collaboration with ALLEA—All European Academies in Berlin);
• input and qualitative research contribution to related subprojects in the context of the H2020 project. In particular:  helping develop a survey to be sent out in Phase 2 (empirical phase) of the project; providing narratives regarding social media and trust to be tested by WP9; contributing to the construction of a Trustworthiness Toolkit, WP11.

We are looking for a colleague who has:
● a completed PhD in media studies, cultural studies, visual studies, communication sciences, history, philosophy, information sciences or other relevant discipline, or a scheduled defense date;
● excellent track record in digital humanities research;
● excellent academic writing and presentation skills;
● excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken;
● proven passive knowledge of Dutch (ability to read and understand written Dutch);
● proven track record in digital methods, digital tools, digital archives and blended learning;
● a resultdriven and hands-on mentality;
● the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team;
● the ability and willingness to collaborate across the academic disciplines of media and communication studies, history, philosophy, and information sciences;
● a problem-solving attitude and ability to deal with complexities and uncertainty;
● excellent organizational, social and communication skills, preferably at an international level.
Conditions of employment
We offer a temporary position for 18 or 15 months, depending on FTE, starting 1 February 2020 or soon after. Tenured faculty who are seeking a part-time replacement are also invited to apply. The gross salary ranges between €2,709 and  €4,138 gross per month for a full-time employment (scale 10/11 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employment such as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. We also provide an attractive working environment and a vibrant research climate. More information is available at our website: working at Utrecht University.

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.

The Department of Media and Culture Studies provides education on and carries out research in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, theatre, dance and performance, gender and ethnicity, music and cultural policies. Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday practices with which people shape their identities and actions, and within which societal structures and institutions take shape. Media (old and new) are crucial factors in these processes. The scholars in media and culture studies from the various research groups often work together to explore issues surrounding different facets of the role played by art, culture, and media in present-day society. The research focuses on a broad range of media and cultural and artistic performances, which are studied within their intermedial context. We pay particular attention to the relation between historical and contemporary developments, transmedial and intermedial phenomena, cultural diversity, emancipation, heritage and the digital humanities.

Additional information

If you are  interested, you can contact the project Supervisor Prof. dr.  J.F.T.M. (José) van Dijck (j.f.t.m.vandijck@uu.nl) for more information.

Special Issue: Migration in a Digital Age: (Re)Mapping Connectivity and Belonging

Guest editor Sandra Ponzanesi

Journal Television and New Media
Vol. 20(6): 547-648

This special issue charts new directions in digital media and migration studies from a gendered, postcolonial, and multidisciplinary perspective. In particular, the focus is on the ways in which the experience of displacement is resignified and transformed by new digital affordances from different vantage points, engaging with recent developments in datafication, visualization, biometric technologies, platformization, securitization, and extended reality (XR) as part of a drastically changed global mediascape. This issue explores the role of new media technologies in rethinking the dynamics of migration and globalization by focusing in particular on the role of migrant users as “connected” and active participants, as well as “screened” and subject to biometric datafication, visualization, and surveillance.

With contributions from: Arjun Appadurai, Roopika Risam, Mirca Madianou, Myria Georgiou, Radha Hegde, Joost Raessens and Sandra Ponzanesi

Publication Date: September 2019
Publisher: SAGE Journals