PhD Researchers

Esther Hammelburg: Liveness coming to life: the mediatized experience of cultural events

Esther Hammelburg | University of Amsterdam
This research project addresses the question how liveness is constructed within the mediatised experience of cultural events/festivals. Since Daniel Dayan and Elihu Katz have firmly installed the category of media events into media theory these events have been closely connected to the notion of liveness, as they describe, the experience of being there, joining in the event as it takes place (Dayan & Katz, 1992). Many studies on a variety of event types have shown that although immediacy is one of the key aspects of liveness, the concept should not be regarded as the equivalent of live; it is not simply the simultaneity of event, transmission, and viewing (cf. Feuer, 1983; White, 2004; Kumar, 2012; Lunt, 2004; Couldry, 2002).

Henry Chow: Priceless experience: enchantment and commoditisation of K-drama tourism

Henry Chow | Erasmus University Rotterdam
The idea behind media tourism is simple: the media we consume influences what places we know about and how we feel about those places. Because of that, it also shapes our decisions to travel and the entire tourism experience, from planning the trip to retelling our travel stories afterwards. South Korean television drama series (‘K-drama’) adds an interesting case to the study of media tourism. As a relative newcomer to the global television arena, it has attracted a devout following in East Asia and beyond within two decades. While the Korean media industry have grown into a transnational network, as a strategic industry it retains strong linkages to the national government.

Inge Kalle-den Oudsten: The Post Museum and Digital Technologies

Inge Kalle-den Oudsten | University of Amsterdam
My research looks at the relationship between Eilean Hooper-Greenhill’s concept of the ‘post museum’ and digital technologies. The post museum may be conceptualised as the museum of the future: an open, democratic space, no longer centred on ‘objective’ knowledge and curator-led concerns, but much more about visitors and their meanings. Often, digital technologies are heralded as open and democratic, which begs the question – might they be an answer – could they project the traditional museum forwards towards the post museum?

Anouk Mols: Mobile privacy and surveillance: Evaluating users’ everyday negotiations and practices

Anouk Mols | Erasmus University Rotterdam
Mobile devices offer users unlimited new possibilities, three of which are the opportunity to keep an eye on your neighbourhood through WhatsApp groups, to use wearables and apps which monitor your health and track your fitness achievements, and to constantly receive assistance from an intelligent personal assistant. However, these mobile and interconnected platforms might also have an effect on how users negotiate their privacy as they increase the potential for more pervasive forms of digitally mediated surveillance by companies, marketers, governments, employers and Internet Service Providers.

Li-An Ko: Beyond Sadness: Historical Films in the Post-Martial Law Period of Taiwan (1987-2017)

Li-An Ko | Utrecht University
The development of cinema in Taiwan was heavily influenced by political powers (the colonial government of Japan and then the Chinese Koumintang), which controlled and restrained language, themes and historical representations on the screen. After the end of the Martial Law period in 1987, a number of films, in addition to the most famous one, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A City of Sadness (1989), engaged in the complicated historical issues of Taiwan, trying to represent Taiwanese history with viewpoints that had been suppressed by those in power. Thus, these historical films became part of the movement of reflecting on the identity of Taiwanese.

Sanne Rotmeijer: Media in the Dutch Antilles: Identities, Politics, and Change

Sanne Rotmeijer, MA | Leiden University | Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) | Supervisors: Prof. dr. G.J. (Gert) Oostindie & Prof. dr. J. C. (Jaap) de Jong | December 2014 – December 2018 | rotmeijer[at]KITLV[dot]nl This research focuses on how traditional and new ‘Dutch’ Caribbean media reflect and shape discourses of […]

Tim Groot Kormelink: The New News Consumer: Storytelling

Tim Groot Kormelink | VU University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism | Supervisor: Irene Costera Meijer | December 2013 – December 2018 | t[dot]grootkormelink[at]vu[dot]nl My research is part of the project The New News Consumer: User-Based Innovation to Meet Paradigmatic Change in News Use and Media Habits. The central question that drives this project is: how does […]

Cara Brems: Journalism of Connectivity. How Social Media affect journalism practice, news coverage and public participation in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Cara Brems | University of Groningen & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Department of Media and Journalism Studies (RUG) and TTKA – Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies (VUB) | Supervisors: Marcel Broersma (RUG) & Martina Temmerman (VUB) | 01 November 2013 – 01 November 2017 | c[dot]brems[at]rug[dot]nl & cara[dot]brems[at]vub[dot]ac[dot]be

Joyce Neys: Empowered Citizens: How New Media Facilitate Civic Engagement

Joyce Neys | Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Media & Communication | Promotor: Jeroen Jansz | Sept 2010 – Sept 2015 | neys[at]eshcc[dot]eur[dot]nl This research project aims to investigate how citizens use different forms of new media as a political tool. In particular, I am interested in citizens who […]

Simone Driessen: Localized Music Histories and their Significance to Audiences (2012-2016)

Simone Driessen | research: part of the international, HERA funded research project Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity (POPiD) Erasmus University Rotterdam, department of Media & Communication (from the Erasmus School of History, Culture & Communication) | supervisor: Prof. dr. Susanne Janssen and dr. Jiska Engelbert |  September 2011- September 2016 | driessen[at]eshcc[dot]eur[dot]nl My dissertation […]

Bas den Herder: A Question of Autonomy – The interview in France, England and the Netherlands, 1880 – 2005 (2008-2014)

Bas den Herder – A Question of Autonomy – The interview in France, England and the Netherlands, 1880 – 2005 Project: Reporting at the boundaries of the public sphere. Form, Style and Strategy of European Journalism, 1880-2005 Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Department of Journalism prof. Marcel Broersma 2008 – 2014 (expected) basdenherder[at]gmail[dot]com Journalistic Autonomy and the Political Interview […]

Tim van der Heijden: “Memory Practices on the Move: Technological Innovations and User Generations in Home Movies” (2012-2016)

Tim van der Heijden: “Memory Practices on the Move: Technological Innovations and User Generations in Home Movies” (2012-2016) January 2012 – January 2016 Maastricht University NWO “Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices. The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies” Maastricht University, Department of Literature and Arts Supervised by: Dr. Andreas Fickers, Dr. Jo Wachelder, Prof. dr. […]

Emiel Martens: Welcome to Paradise Island: The Rise of Jamaica’s Cine-Tourist Image, 1891-1951 (2004-2013)

Emiel Martens: Welcome to Paradise Island: The Rise of Jamaica’s Cine-Tourist Image, 1891-1951 University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies Supervisor: Patricia Pisters September 2004-September 2013 This thesis, for the first time, examines the history of film in Jamaica from the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century. It concentrates on […]

Rafael Bienia: Narrative Fan Practices in Role-Playing Games (2011-2015)

Rafael Bienia:  “Narrative Fan Practices in Role-Playing Games” NWO “Narrative Fan Practices. A Key to Cultural Dynamics” Maastricht University, Department of Literature and Arts Promotor, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sally Wyatt, Dr. Karin Wenz August 2011- 31 July 2015 rafael.bienia[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl www.rafael-bienia.de At work and in free time, most of us communicate, share information, and make decisions […]

Johannes von Engelhardt: Regarding the Pain of Others: Representations and Perceptions of Mediated Distant Suffering (2011-2016)

Johannes von Engelhardt: Regarding the Pain of Others: Representations and Perceptions of Mediated Distant Suffering 01-03-2011 – 29-02-2016 Erasmus University Rotterdam / Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture Promotor: Prof. Dr. Jeroen Jansz vonengelhardt[at]eshcc[dot]eur[dot]nl This project focuses on the mass media in their function of carrying stories and (audio-) visuals of suffering in developing […]

Maarten Michielse: Rearticulating Sounds – Appropriating Popular Music Online (2011-2015)

Maarten Michielse: Rearticulating Sounds – Appropriating Popular Music Online January 2011- January 2015 Maastricht University Supervised by: Prof. Dr. Renée van de Vall (promotor), Dr. Karin Wenz m.michielse[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl This project looks at how music enthusiasts appropriate popular music online by remixing, covering, and mashing-up popular songs and sharing these self-made products within online communities. The project […]

Enis Dinç: Images of Atatürk: The Commemoration of the Turkish Past in Audiovisual Media (2012-2016)

Enis Dinç:  Images of Atatürk: The Commemoration of the Turkish Past in Audiovisual Media 1 September 2012- 1 September 2016 ASCA, University of Amsterdam Promotores: Prof. Frank van Vree and Prof. Esther Peeren E.Dinc[at]uva[dot]nl The Turkish State has for decades acted as a gatekeeper to ensure state control over the way the Turkish Republican leader […]

Rik Smit: Retracing Memory Practices in Digital Spaces (2012-2017)

Rik Smit, M.A.: Retracing Memory Practices in Digital Spaces October 2012 – September 2017 Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG is its Dutch acronym) Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Department of Media and Journalism Studies Promotores: Prof. Dr. M.J. Broersma and Dr. Ansgard Heinrich p.h.smit[at]rug[dot]nl Description of the project: How are memory practices changing and which […]

Sarah Dellmann: Images of ‘Dutchness’. The Emergence of Modern Popular Imagery and Representations (2010-2014)

Sarah Dellmann: Images of ‘Dutchness’. The Emergence of Modern Popular Imagery and Representations May 2010-April 2014 Project “The Nation and Its Other”, NWO Program “Cultural Dynamics”: http://www.uu.nl/hum/nation-and-its-other Utrecht University, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) Promotor: Prof. Dr. Frank Kessler, supervisor: Dr. Nanna Verhoeff s.dellmann[at]uu[dot]nl In my PhD project, I investigate the role of images in […]