Overview of In Media Res podcast Season 1

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Episode 1: Roel Lutkenhaus

Bartosz Zerebecki (EUR) interviews Roel Lutkenhaus who obtained a PhD in Media Studies in 2020. After researching entertainment in education, Roel stepped out of academia and founded New Momentum – a start-up in the South of Rotterdam that develops digital research methods to create (public) media campaigns in collaboration with participatory audiences.

Episode 2: Nicolle Lamerichs

Bjorn Beijnon (UvA) interviews Nicolle Lamerichs who obtained a PhD in Media Studies in 2014.  Currently working at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Nicolle elaborates on how her PhD in fandom and poaching of pop culture has helped her to build a career as an academic. Besides giving tips on working as a researcher in various academic institutes, Nicolle also gives tips on working as a research consultant from her experiences at LEGO and Efteling.

Episode 3: Tim Groot Kormelink

Constanza Gajardo Leon (VU) interviews Tim Groot Kormelink who obtained a PhD in Media Studies in 2019. Tim elaborates on his research on consumer habits in their news consumption, but also addresses how he has grown in his career after his PhD defense. As an assistant professor, he discusses his ambitions within academia, but also mentions his vision on the future prospects of current PhDs in Media Studies.

Episode 4: Gerwin van Schie

Bjorn Beijnon (UvA) interviews Gerwin van Schie who is wrapping up his PhD on datafication of race and ethnicity in the Netherlands. Besides working on his PhD, Gerwin works as a lecturer at Utrecht University and works as a researcher at the Utrecht Data School. In this podcast Gerwin sheds a light on race and ethnicity data-driven practices that he has been studying in his PhD and he provides insights in how to be successful in developing and working on a PhD project.

Episode 5: RMeS Winter School

In this special episode, three members of the PhD council interview three attendees of the RMeS Winter School of 2022. First, Jeroen Boom (RU) interviews Rianne Riemens who is currently working on her PhD at Radboud University where she investigates the green ideology of big tech platforms that informs our material reality. Second, Constanza Gajardo Leon (VU) interviews Karla Zavala Barreda on her PhD at the University of Amsterdam which revolves around application ecologies and learning software aimed at young children. Last, Bjorn Beijnon (UvA) interviews Alexander Smit on his PhD at the University of Groningen in which he examines how illiterate and/or low-literate adults understand, conceptualize and practice digital literacies within their everyday lives

Episode 6: Elisabetta Costa

Bjorn Beijnon (UvA) interviews Elisabetta Costa, assistant professor at the Department of  Media and Journalism at the University of Groningen. As an anthropologist, Elisabetta has researched several communities and the role that media play in their lives. In this interview Elisabetta shares her experiences with doing field work abroad, gaining trust from communities in both online and offline settings, and if it is possible to do ethnographic research without taking media into consideration.

Episode 7: Yosha Wijngaarden

Bartosz Zerebecki (EUR) interviews Yosha Wijngaarden who obtained a PhD in Media and Communication Studies in 2019. Currently an assistant professor at the department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University, Yosha sheds a light on her past research as a PhD candidate and her current research as a postdoctoral researcher at the Arts and Culture Studies department in Rotterdam. In this interview, Yosha addresses what working in the creative industries is like – from the perspective of her research – while also examining how current self-employed academic researchers survive on the job market.

Episode 8: Patricia Pisters

Bjorn Beijnon (UvA) interviews Patricia Pisters professor of Media Studies (with specialization in Film Studies) at the University of Amsterdam. As a professor, she has supervised many PhD students, but much has changed in the way people build a career in- or outside academia. In this interview, Patricia highlights her own career path and the specific skills that she had to acquire along the way. She elaborates on the value of teaching but also the importance of staying in contact with the work field that you are interested in.