Call for Papers UU Humanities Graduate Conference 2019

The next Utrecht University Humanities Graduate Conference will take place on 11 and 12 April 2019.

This annual conference is organized by and for research-oriented R(Ma) students and PhD candidates from all (sub)disciplines of the humanities from both Dutch research institutions and comparable research institutions abroad.

For this year’s edition What’s the Point?,  we invite contributions from R(Ma)’s and PhD’s from all these disciplines on the twinned issues of Impact and the Future of the Humanities.  Prospective contributors should send a 200-300 word abstract with a short biography to by 15 February 2019.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Simon During (School of Communication and Culture, University of Melbourne)
  • Professor Eleanora Belfiore (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies, Loughborough University)

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Masterclass with Prof. José van Dijck at KNIR

Social Media and Political Governance: Rome, Italy, Europe

Date: 25 March – 1 April 2019 
Deadline for applications: 25 January 2019 (Extended deadline)

The emergence of social media over the past fifteen years has had a notable impact on the daily lives of European citizens. Particularly in the field of politics and city governance, the surge of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have changed the communication and media landscape. This masterclass will address 1) the impact of social media on political communication in Italy and 2) its impact on local governance and citizen engagement. We will focus on Italy and Rome as highly interesting battle fields of mediated politics and governance in a volatile European environment.

First, social media have changed the way politicians communicate with and relate to their constituencies not only during election campaigns, but continuously. Politicians and political movements from both the Five Star movement and Lega Nord have invested heavily in online communication with their electorate. Through Facebook and Twitter, they align and confront citizens to win over public opinion. Second, social media have transformed the way city governments engage with citizens; local governments have started to encourage the use of social media platforms to help improve democracy, promote transparency and citizen’s knowledge of the political process and their engagement.

However, the ubiquitous implementation of social media platforms in political communication and local governance is not without problems. Over the past two years, critical studies have shown that social media can help promote and manipulate particular viewpoints, processes, and outcomes. European discussions over social media as promotors of populism, hate speech, and fake news have prompted academics in various fields (from political science, media studies, communication theory, governance studies) to reflect on the dynamics underpinning social media platforms and their effects on media institutions and democratic processes. We will be looking into the local, national and supra-national (European, global) dimensions of this wicked problem.

Prof. dr José van Dijck (UU), drs. Andrea Vreede (Rome), dr. Pepijn Corduwener (UU).

5 ECTS, assigned upon completion of the final essay.

Active contribution to discussions, and a final essay, to be submitted within one month after the stay in Rome.

Course language

The masterclass is open to a maximum of 15 selected participants from all relevant disciplines (particularly political sciences, governance studies as well as media studies) at (R)MA or PhD-level, as well as to early career academics. Prospective participants from all over the world may present their candidature.

Fees and Bursaries
Selected participants from KNIR partner universities (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) will receive full KNIR bursaries, comprising all expenses related to the masterclass (tuition, lodging in Rome, conference fees, etc.). Additionally they receive a €100,- reimbursement of their expenses for travelling to Rome after submission of their final essay. Personal expenses, including meals, are not included.

Selected participants from other institutions need to cover their own expenses, but will be housed at the KNIR at a reduced rate of € 200,- for the duration of the Masterclass.

Applications are welcome until 15 January 2019. Notice on acceptance will follow before 1 February 2019. Candidates can apply by filling out the application form via the link below, submitting a motivation letter, a recent CV and an updated overview of study results.

Facilities in Rome
All participants will be housed at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome’s Villa Borghese Park. From there, it is only a short walk to the historical centre of Rome. The KNIR accommodation consists of shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and includes a living and dining space, a large kitchen, washing machine and wireless internet. All residents have 24/7 access to the library and gardens of the Royal Netherlands Institute.

More info
Phone: (+39)063269621

The study load is the equivalent of 5 ECTS (140 hours) and comprises eight days of study in Rome. Each student should arrange with his/her university whether the course can be part of the existing curriculum. Upon successful completion of the course, the KNIR will provide a certificate mentioning the study load and evaluation tools.

To apply: visit KNIR-website

Synergy conference 2019

Registration is now open for the leading event for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the Netherlands: Synergy conference 2019. On 7 February 2019, plenary speakers, experts and young talents will debate with each other and you about the value and impact of the entire field of SSH research.

Insights, inspiration and interaction

Synergy conference 2019 is a dynamic day full of insights, inspiration and interaction. From a 360-degree perspective, different angles on key topics impacting the SSH disciplines will be debated. In short: THINK360! One of the main conference topics is the impact of digitalisation on science and on our everyday lives.


Plenary speakers

During Synergy conference 2019, eminent plenary speakers will give you powerful insights. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Philipp Blom: philosopher, historian and writer of award-winning books on cultural history
  • Birgit Meyer: professor of religious studies and expert on the shifting role and place of religion in our time
  • Sally Wyatt: professor of digital cultures in development and expert on the relationship between technological and social change
  • Maxim Februari: novelist, columnist in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad

Parallel sessions and call for sessions

During both the morning and the afternoon, parallel subsessions are organized. Here you can explore current topics in smaller groups (max. 50 people). The themes of the sessions are cross-disciplinary and focus on the broad domain of SSH research. The sessions in the afternoon will focus on the theme digitalisation. How do big data and artificial intelligence influence SSH research, for example? What does the digitalisation of sources add to science? What do robotisation and virtual reality mean for society?

Science Battle

In 2014, René M. Broeders and Suzanne Streefland conceived the interactive performance Science Battle: PhD students leave behind their trusted laboratories and present their research on a podium in 10 minutes. But who tells the best story? That is what the public can decide. Join Science Battle on Synergy and be convinced by the best presentation!

Science Battle is part of the optional programme. You can join Science Battle during one of the four parallel session rounds.

Network Plaza

The Network Plaza will form the heart of Synergy. Outside of the plenary sessions, a continuous programme will be held at the Network Plaza. It offers, for example, possibilities to network, roundtable discussions with experts, and an info market with organisations from science, society and industry. and support. And at the walk-in theatre you can watch young talented PhDs battle for the Upcoming SSH Researcher 2019 award.

Registration is free for all professionals involved in SSH research

Synergy conference 2019 will be held on 7 February 2019 at Spant conference centre in Bussum. Registration is free of charge for anyone working in the Netherlands in SSH research: from PhDs and postdocs to professors. Directors, policy makers and professionals from civil society organisations involved in SSH research are also warmly invited to attend. Visit for details and registration

Call for Papers: International Journal of Cultural Studies

Migration, Digital Media and Emotion

Guest edited by Donya Alinejad and Sandra Ponzanesi

In contexts of migration and transnational mobility, spheres of lived sociality have long spanned borders and nation-state territories. More recently, however, the use of mobile digital devices has become ubiquitous within many forms of migratory mobility, especially when they come paired with the latest iteration of Web 2.0, or “the social web.” Yet these developments in media technologies not only allow for information exchange but also foster a globally mediatized emotional exchange, which leads to new interactions between media, migration, and emotion. As the use of these devices and platforms penetrates the most intimate relationships and exchanges shaped by transnational distances and mobility, we are reminded anew of how migration has always been shaped by more than rational, economic considerations. Continue reading here.

International Journal of Cultural Studies is a fully peer-reviewed journal and a leading venue for scholarship committed to rethinking cultural practices, processes, texts and infrastructures beyond traditional national frameworks and regional biases. Established to revitalize cultural studies against the dangers of parochialism and intellectual ossification, the journal interrogates what culture means, and what culture does, across global and local scales of power and action, diverse technologies and forms of mediation…


  • 15 February 2019
    Proposals of 500-750 words should include an abstract and a short description explaining whether/how previous or current research relates to the special issue theme. Please also include a short bio of 250 words including name, affiliation, and contact details.
  • Notification of acceptance/selection: 31 March, 2019
  • Deadline for full papers: 31 August, 2019

Please send submissions to and We look forward to receiving your submissions. For more information read here.

Conference: The Audience Turn in Journalism Studies

22 January 2019  –  25 January 2019
KNAW – Trippenhuis
By invitation only | More information or questions: audienceturn[at]

During this Academy colloquium, international academics will highlight the links and contrasts in their research findings relating to digital and other news use and practices. They will also formulate challenges for the study of this rapidly evolving research area.

This Academy colloquium is intended to extend our knowledge of the impact of the digitisation of journalism on news use practices and the way in which public commitment is shaped. An innovative aspect is that the colloquium is based on a user perspective rather than the maker perspective that is dominant in journalism studies.

The colloquium is an attempt to understand how digitisation and the increasingly participative character of journalism is shaping the way in which people respond to news and how a social connection is being created by news. This urgently requires new theories, concepts and research methods in which the user is central.


Professor Irene Costera Meijer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Professor Marcel Broersma (University of Groningen)