KNIR Colloquia

— for English, see below —

KNIR Colloquia stellen universitair docenten in staat om een wetenschappelijke workshop te organiseren aan het Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome. Het subsidie-instrument richt zich op UD’s die (voor bepaalde of onbepaalde tijd) aangesteld zijn aan een van de zes klassieke universiteiten (RUG, UvA, VU,RUN, UL, UU) en momenteel geen onderzoeksprojectgelden van NWO, ERC e.d. tot hun beschikking hebben. KNIR Colloquia dienen om het onderzoeksprofiel en internationale netwerk van de aanvragers te versterken.

De geselecteerde onderzoekers krijgen de mogelijkheid om in Rome een driedaagse workshop te organiseren met ongeveer 10-15 deelnemers. Het KNIR biedt accommodatie en zaalruimten, en een budget van maximaal € 12.500,- voor reis- en overige verblijfkosten.

In 2020 zijn er vijf timeslots, zie de link en bijlage bij dit bericht voor verdere informatie:

KNIR Colloquia staan open voor alle disciplines en de voorgestelde onderwerpen hoeven geen inhoudelijk relatie met Rome, Italië of de Middellandse zeegebieden te hebben.

De deadline voor aanvragen is 1 oktober 2019.


KNIR Colloquia offer the opportunity to organise an expert meeting at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. This instrument is intended especially for university lecturers with a PhD (‘UD’, tenured or not) at one of the six classical Dutch universities (RUG, UvA, VU, RUN, UL, UU), who currently do not benefit from NWO/ERC funding or similar schemes, and would like to develop their research profile in an international setting.

The successful applicants can organise a 3-day workshop in Rome with c. 10-15 participants, with free accommodation at the KNIR and € 12,500,- for travel expenses etc. 

There are five timeslots in 2020, see this link and/or attached file for further information:

The deadline for applications is the 1st of October 2019.

 Proposals from *all* disciplines are welcome, and topics do not need to be related to Rome, Italy or the Mediterranean.

Call for Applications


Vacancy: Doctoral Grant Journalism Studies (LIST – VUB)

The Faculty of Arts and Philosophy is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (LIST) for a Doctoral Grant in the area of Journalism Studies.

Full job description ENGLISH / DUTCH

Job description

• You prepare a doctoral dissertation in the field of Journalism Studies. The topic of your project preferably contributes to one or both of the following research areas:

(1) Visual/multimodal journalism (e.g. photojournalism, UGC, drone journalism, immersive journalism, graphic journalism, infographics, digital storytelling) and/or

(2) Meta-journalism, or discourse(s)/reflections/debates about journalism, which (re)define, delineate and question what (legitimate) journalism is, could be, or should be, variously expressed in the form of, amongst others, media (self-)criticism, literature, popular culture, or the positioning of ‘newcomers’ in the journalistic field (e.g. alternative media, new journalistic forms or movements such as ‘slow’ and ‘constructive’ journalism, hybrid journalistic genres, news startups, …).

• In the first year of the appointment, you further develop your research proposal into a solid application for a PhD fellowship or research project (guided by the supervisor(s)), to be submitted to the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)).

• You publish scientific articles related to your research project.

• You contribute to research and teaching in the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies.

Profile and requirements

• You hold a master degree in Social or Human Sciences, or related fields.

• You can submit outstanding academic results.

• You are quality-oriented, conscientious, and creative.

• You are a team player but you are also comfortable working independently.

• You have excellent English writing and presentation skills.

• Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.

• Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.

We offer

• A doctoral scholarship for an initial year, renewable for up to 4 years (after positive evaluation). The start date of the scholarship will be October 1st 2019.

• Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. The gross monthly grant ranges from 2404,82€ to 2890,78€ (EU) / 2193,61€ to 2636,89€ (non-EU).

• Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too.

• On both campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

• For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to


• Applications may be submitted to until the closing date of August 11th 2019 and should include (1) a copy of your CV, (2) a cover letter, (3) a research proposal (max. 2 pages), and (4) a sample of academic writing (previously written research paper).

• A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.

• The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place before August 31st.

• For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. dr. Jelle Mast,


Summer School: Applied Games – A Multidisciplinary Research Perspective

Utrecht University
19-23 August 2019

Complete syllabus now online; applications still open until 1 August, 2019

This summer course provides an overview of contemporary research perspectives on Applied Games, i.e. the use of games and play for purposes other than primarily entertainment. It addresses the challenges but also the transformative potential of Applied Games, particularly in the areas of education, health and social change, and provides participants with a holistic perspective, including aspects of analysis, critical design and validation, that is necessary to employ Applied Games meaningfully and productively within the contemporary socio-cultural context.

The program comprises workshops by senior researchers from the Center for Game Research (Utrecht University/UU), the Departments for “Media and Culture Studies” and “Information and Computing Sciences” (UU), the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (UU), the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics and the Professorship for Interactive Digital Narrative (University of the Arts Utrecht/HKU).

Each day is dedicated to a different angle, starting with applied game analysis, moving on to games for learning, games in environmental communication and policy-making (Eco games), narrative aspects of Applied Games, and finally games and play experiences that involve the whole body. Apart from the interactive workshops, joint social activities with the UDS summer school ‘Exploring Culture Through Data’ and a tour of the Mo-Cap Lab at Utrecht University round off the program.

The course is aimed at students (from ambitious BA and MA/MSc students to PhD candidates) as well as members of private and public sector institutions (companies, NGOs etc.) that are already utilizing Applied Games or aim to better understand how and when to use them.

For more information (including the complete syllabus with detailed module descriptions) and to apply online, go to

Dr. Stefan Werning |

1,5 ECTS credits + certificate of attendance

€ 300 (Course fee + course materials), Housing: € 200.00 (through Utrecht Summer School)

Media Suite maakt ‘Big Erfgoed Data’ toegankelijk voor onderzoek

Media Suite maakt ‘Big Erfgoed Data’ toegankelijk voor onderzoek
Nieuwe online omgeving voor onderzoek met grootschalige multimediale erfgoedcollecties   

Het infrastructuurproject CLARIAH en Beeld en Geluid lanceren de Media Suite, een online omgeving die het mogelijk maakt om onderzoek uit te voeren met grootschalige multimediale erfgoedcollecties. De lancering van de Media Suite vindt plaats op vrijdag 5 april 2019 in Beeld en Geluid te Hilversum. De presentatie is in handen van professor Digital Erfgoed aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Julia Noordegraaf.

Het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Eye Filmmuseum, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) en de Koninklijke Bibliotheek stellen grote delen van hun gedigitaliseerde collectie  beschikbaar via de Media Suite. De bedoeling is dat meer instellingen zullen volgen. Tot voor kort waren de collecties van deze erfgoedinstellingen vaak enkel op locatie toegankelijk voor onderzoekers, onder meer vanwege copyright- en privacy redenen. Dankzij de landelijke ICT-infrastructuur die in CLARIAH wordt gebouwd kunnen collecties ook online worden geraadpleegd, bijvoorbeeld via de Media Suite die media-collecties op één ‘virtuele’ plek samenbrengt. Onderzoekers kunnen putten uit een grote schat aan multimediale data bestaande uit onder meer radio, televisie, film, oral history, kranten, omroepgidsen, kijk- en luistercijfers, filmposters en foto’s. Hiermee wordt ‘Big Erfgoed Data’ in samenhang toegankelijk gemaakt voor onderzoek.

Onderzoekers en studenten uit onder meer de geestes- en sociale wetenschappen kunnen met behulp van hun universitaire medewerkers- of studentenaccount inloggen op de Media Suite. Om hen te ondersteunen bij het werken met deze ‘Big Data’, biedt de Media Suite tools voor het doorzoeken, verkennen en analyseren van de data, het bekijken van mediaobjecten, het browsen door audio en video, het maken van annotaties en visualisaties en het ordenen, bewaren en exporteren van onderzoeksdata.

Wil je meer weten over de Media Suite, lees dan het blog en duik dieper in deze nieuwe online onderzoeksomgeving!

Over Media Suite

De Media Suite is ontwikkeld in nauwe samenwerking met geesteswetenschappers en computerwetenschappers van onder meer de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universiteit Utrecht, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam en Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Het is een state-of-the-art onderzoeksomgeving die gebruik maakt van Artificiële Intelligentie, zoals spraak- en beeldherkenning, om geautomatiseerd collecties te beschrijven en zo fijnmazig zoeken en ‘data science’ mogelijk te maken. De onderzoeksomgeving en de digitale CLARIAH infrastructuur is internationaal gezien zeer vernieuwend en maakt Nederland koploper in de digitale geesteswetenschappen.

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.

Diaspora, Media and Migration PhD Workshop 2019

29 October 2019
Brussels, Belgium

This year DMM young scholars workshop welcomes acclaimed scholars Prof Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Dr Donya Alinejad (Utrecht University) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel as part of the Digital Fortress Europe Conference. We all know that it is a difficult task to identify, validate and present our main findings and contribution of our research projects as young scholars in the field. Considering the interdisciplinary nature of our field and the continuously changing landscape of media and communication technologies, it is crucial for us young researchers to situate our doctoral projects within existing academic literature and research. This is the reason why this years young scholar workshop aims to help ten doctoral researchers who work on the intersections of diaspora, media and migration to find their own voice and make sure that it is heard.

Our one-day long workshop is divided into two parts:

  1. Morning session: Each participant will be given the opportunity to present their research project and get feedback. Considering the theme of the workshop, the presentations are expected to focus on the main findings and respective theoretical and methodological claims.
  2. Afternoon session: The afternoon session involves several group activities which will focus on the most effective ways to address limitations of your research, to present your findings/analysis and to think together about the ways in which the research projects are relevant and distinctive.

The application process:

It is required that the applicants submit a summary of their research project (between 1500 and 2000 words) by 22nd March 2019 to the e-mail address  Summaries should include:

  1. An introduction which includes your research topic and research question(s)
  2. A brief literature review with your mains theories/concepts
  3. Methodology
  4. Your main findings and how these are expected to contribute theoretically, conceptually and/or methodologically
  5.  Questions/concerns you would like to discuss  Â
  6. Full name of the author, institutional and departmental affiliation and contact details

* The PhD workshop is organized by the European Communication Research & Education Association (ECREA) Diaspora, Migration & the Media (DMM) section in collaboration with the ECREA International & Intercultural Communication (IIC) section. The workshop is organized as part of the Digital Fortress Europe Conference, but please note that acceptance to the young scholars workshop does not guarantee participation to the conference. The workshop will take place on the day before the conference specifically for PhD candidates as a separate event at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

**There is no admission fee. Coffee and tea will be provided.

***The abstracts should be submitted in MS word file. Please indicate the name of the workshop in your e-mail subject. You should receive the notification of acceptance by 29th April 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Melis Mevsimler, Utrecht University, ECREA DMM Young Scholars Representative (
Yazan Badran, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (