PhD Researchers

Raquel Raj: Game Changer: Participatory Structures in Video Games

Raquel Raj | University of Groningen
All video games grant agency to their players, requiring active participation to move the game and narrative forward. Yet this participation is heavily structured and bounded by game rules and code. The tension between the structures of participation in video games, and the ways in which players negotiate the rules of play has the potential to illustrate not only how games work, and how games can work for us, but also offer insight into structures of participation in the non-virtual world.

Shuangli Guo: Beyond Storytelling: Early Chinese Film History between Attraction and Narration

Shuangli Guo | Utrecht University
My research is about Chinese early film history from 1896 to 1929. Before the 1980s, early films were seen as inferior, primitive because they did not follow the realist model of classical Hollywood film. In 1986, the famous American film historian Tom Gunning published his profound paper, “The cinema of Attraction(s): Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde”, which had a great impact on film theory and history. In this article, Tom Gunning emphasized pre-narrative film and experimental film.

Guillén Torres: Everyday Forms of Institutional Resistance to Civic Engagement

Guillén Torres | University of Amsterdam
My research focuses on how activists experience the reluctance of certain governmental institutions to welcome them in decision-making process. I am particularly interested in how institutions handle information requests in ways that prevents citizens from accessing public sector information that would allow them to either hold the government accountable or influence public policy

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.

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