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 ( 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 

9th PCI Film Series

The Uprising - Pravini Baboeram

9th PCI Film Series

The Postcolonial Studies Initiative is happy to announce its 9th film series with a selection of films, shown monthly, that draw on a variety of different contexts in our postcolonial world. The series is organized annually and invites all interested in our European postcolonial present and the representation of its political, cultural and aesthetic realities and challenges. Each film will be introduced briefly by scholars connected to the PCI and international guests and filmmakers. The series will take place starting from October until May 2019.
This series will include presentations with filmmakers and Q&As. We are very happy that this series will be opened by Pravini Baboeram who will present “The Uprising”, a music documentary that tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe.

Please join us for our first screening:
The Uprising with Q&A with director (dir. Pravini Baboeram, 2019)  

About the film: 
Musician and activist Pravini Baboeram presents “The Uprising”, a music documentary that tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe. With commentary and experiences from academics and activists, the Dutch-Indian singer/songwriter offers a decolonial perspective on the anti-racism movement in the Netherlands, UK and France. She not only provides an analysis of the history and legacy of colonialism, but also a vision on strategy for the future of the movement.

This documentary zooms in on collective challenges of communities of color. In 9 self-written songs Pravini connects the fight against Blackface, the struggle for the recognition of colonial crimes that the Netherlands has committed in Indonesia, the fight for the liberation of Palestine and the struggle in the political field for an inclusive society. “The Uprising” offers a unique view of the resistance against racism in Europe through the eyes of people of color. Pravini’s documentary has been selected for the international film festival DocuDonna in Massa Marittima, Italy. This festival focuses predominately on female directors who focus on societal issues in their work. For more information click here. To see the trailer click here.

Practical information
Date: 14 October, 2019
Time: 17:00-19:00
Location: Entrance at Muntstraat 2A, MCW-LAB (Grote zaal KNG20)

Admission is free of charge. However, due to safety regulations, maximum capacity of the room is 80 people. Because the screening is part of the postcolonial studies minor, seating for non-UU students is limited.

Beeld en Geluid ontvangt internationale top audiovisuele archivering

IASA en JTS-conferenties focussen op technologie en toekomst van duurzame audiovisuele media

30 september – 5 oktober
Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid

Van maandag 30 september tot en met zondag 5 oktober verwelkomt het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid twee van de grootste internationale conferenties op het gebied van audiovisuele archivering: de jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van de International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) en het Joint Technical Symposium (JTS). IASA keert vijftig jaar na haar oprichting in Amsterdam terug naar het land van herkomst. Gelegen in het kloppende audiovisuele hart van Nederland vormt Beeld en Geluid de perfecte uitvalsbasis voor deze jubileumeditie. Doel van beide conferenties is het leren van praktische toepassingen en innovatieve projecten over de grenzen van disciplines heen. ‘In een snel veranderend medialandschap is het juist voor collectiebeheerders van belang mee te gaan met nieuwe ontwikkelingen. We zijn blij om deze organisaties, waarmee Beeld en Geluid al jarenlang kennis uitwisselt, in Hilversum te mogen ontvangen’, aldus Johan Oomen, Hoofd Onderzoek Beeld en Geluid.

Internationale audiovisuele allure in Hilversum

‘We verwachten een overvloed aan expertise en nieuwe inzichten wanneer we ons bij Beeld en Geluid buigen over de toekomst van audiovisuele archieven’, aldus Toby Seay, voorzitter IASA. De audiovisuele dialoog start met de jubileumeditie van de IASA-conferentie op maandag 30 september. Onder andere Mark Plumbley, professor Signal Processing bij Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (Verenigd Koninkrijk) en Rebecca Holte, Manager Audio and Moving Image Preservation (USA) presenteren hier hun toekomstperspectieven.

Op donderdag 3 oktober smelten beide conferenties samen en markeren diverse workshops het einde van de IASA50 conferentie en de start van JTS. Het driejaarlijkse, interdisciplinaire JTS wordt ingeleid met een lezing door Prof. Martha Larson, wiens onderzoek aan de Radboud Universiteit zich richt op zoekmachines en aanbevelingssystemen voor intelligente toegang tot multimedia. Voor beide conferenties komen meer dan 300 deskundigen uit alle werelddelen in Hilversum samen. Ook rondleidingen en screenings bij partnerorganisaties zoals Eye Filmmuseum en het Rijksmuseum staan op het programma.


IASA is opgericht in 1969 in Amsterdam als forum voor internationale samenwerking tussen archieven die zich richten op het behoud van geluids- en audiovisuele documenten. Inmiddels hebben meer dan zeventig landen zich bij deze vereniging aangesloten. Voorgaande IASA conferenties vonden onder meer plaats in Ghana, Parijs en Berlijn.

Over JTS

JTS is al sinds 1983 het internationale wetenschappelijke en technologische symposium over zaken die van bijzonder belang zijn voor audiovisuele archieven en archivarissen. Het biedt deskundigen op het gebied van audiovisuele archivering met diverse achtergronden de mogelijkheid om kennis uit te wisselen, nieuwe, opkomende technische ontwikkelingen te delen en grensverleggende samenwerkingen aan te gaan. JTS wordt om de paar jaar georganiseerd door CCAAA, de Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations.

Over Beeld en Geluid

Beeld en Geluid is het toonaangevende instituut voor media. Een inspirerende, creatieve en toegankelijke ontmoetingsplek voor professionals en particulieren; online, in ons museum en soms op locatie. We zijn een van de grootste archieven ter wereld en we bewaren diverse soorten media, zoals radio- en televisieprogramma’s, video(games), geschreven pers, politieke prenten, gifjes, websites en objecten. Beeld en Geluid is één van de autoriteiten die objectief het Nederlandse medialandschap in kaart brengt en actuele ontwikkelingen benadert vanuit media-historisch perspectief. Zo laten we zien welke impact media hebben op ieders leven. Dat doen we met een groot aantal partners, zoals creatieve mediamakers, knappe deskundigen, betrokken bedrijven en relevante influencers. Op die manier dragen we samen bij aan een mediawijzere wereld.


Open call: experts kolonialiteit, identiteit en ras voor Inward Outward symposium

— For English, see below —

Datum: 24 & 25 januari 2020
Locatie: Beeld en Geluid Media Parkboulevard 1, Hilversum

Op vrijdag 24 en zaterdag 25 januari 2020 organiseren het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal- Land- en Volkenkunde en het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid het Inward Outward symposium. Dit internationale symposium onderzoekt de positie van audiovisuele archieven van over de hele wereld ten opzichte van vraagstukken rondom kolonialiteit, identiteit en ras.

Inward Outward nodigt experts op dit onderwerp uit om bij te dragen aan de eerste editie van dit internationale symposium. Dit kan via papers, lezingen, artistieke interventies, workshops, rondetafelbijeenkomsten etcetera.

Archieven hebben een bijzondere positie bij het creëren van verhalen en het definiëren van de geschiedenis. Zij bakenen af en bepalen wie wel en wie niet worden opgenomen in de verhalen die vanuit het archief worden verteld. Inward Outward onderzoekt wat ‘dekolonisatie’ van het archief kan opleveren voor het creëren van nieuwe kennisbronnen. Bezoekers kunnen speciale sessies bijwonen gericht op het onderzoeken van kolonialiteit, identiteit, geheugen en ras. Hoewel deze thema’s breed worden onderzocht in de context van geluids- en bewegende beeldcollecties wereldwijd, benadrukt het symposium ook de positie van de Nederlandse identiteit in haar verschillende verschijningsvormen.

Specificaties open call

Het voorstel dient opgestuurd te worden in een enkel document of docx-bestand, met een samenvatting van 300 woorden en een biografie van 50 woorden. Dit kan naar: voor 30 september 2019, 10.00 uur CET. Inward Outward is een internationaal symposium, voorstellen worden in het Engels ingeleverd. Lees hier meer over de richtlijnen, het format en de praktische zaken rondom de Call for Presentations.

Over Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal- Land- en Volkenkunde

Het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde heeft als doel om een onderzoeksinstituut van wereldklasse te zijn voor Zuidoost-Aziatische en Caribische Studies, met een focus op Indonesië en het ‘Nederlandse’ Caribisch gebied, vanuit een interdisciplinair en vergelijkend perspectief.

Over Beeld en Geluid

Beeld en Geluid is het toonaangevende instituut voor media. We zijn een van de grootste archieven ter wereld en we bewaren diverse soorten media. Beeld en Geluid is één van de autoriteiten die objectief het Nederlandse medialandschap in kaart brengt en actuele ontwikkelingen benadert vanuit media-historisch perspectief.

Open Call: Inward Outward Symposium – Critical Archival Perspectives on Coloniality, Identity and Race

Date: 24 & 25 January 2020
Venue: Beeld en Geluid Media Parkboulevard 1, Hilversum

On Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of January 2019, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) & the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision) organise the symposium Inward Outward. This international symposium investigates the status of moving image and sound archives worldwide as they intertwine with questions of coloniality, identity and race.

Inward Outward invites experts across different disciplines and professions to engage with the topic through a variety of formats – including papers, performative lectures, screenings, artistic interventions, round table meetings, workshops and more.

Archives are vested with a particular power to constitute and define who is and who is not included in (his)stories. Inward Outward explores what “decolonizing” the archive – within and beyond the walls of established institutions – could offer for the production of new bodies of knowledge. Inward Outward offers dedicated sessions focused on investigating coloniality, identity, memory and race. While these themes are broadly explored in the context of sound and moving image collections across geographies, the symposium also emphasises the position of Dutch identity in its various manifestations.

Specifications open call

To submit a proposal, please send a single doc or docx file with a 300 word abstract and 50 word bio (per presenter) to before September 30th, 10am CET. You can find the full Call for Presentations here.

About Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

The Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) aims to be a world-class research institute for the study of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, with a focus on Indonesia and the ‘Dutch’ Caribbean, in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

About Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision is the leading institute for media in the Netherlands and one of the largest audiovisual archives in the world. We preserve and provide access to different types of media. Sound and Vision is one of the leading authorities when it comes to providing insight into the Dutch media landscape and interpreting current developments from the perspective of media history.