Recipient of the first RMeS PhD Workshop Grant: Dr Rik Smit

We are very proud to announce that Dr Rik Smit (University of Groningen) will receive the first RMeS Workshop Grant. The RMeS PhD Council, together with two selected members of the Advisory Board, selected Smit’s proposal out of 4 other proposals.

The jury praised Rik Smit’s proposal “Appnography: Researching the apps of life and the life of apps” for its exciting, topical theme and its well-thought-out and well-developed program. They also applauded his original student assignment which asks participants to come up with a “design fiction”, aimed at exploring and critiquing possible futures. As the workshop connects Rik’s PhD project (Platforms of Memory: Social Media and Digital Memory Work) to his current project on personal memory apps, the jury believes the RMeS Workshop Grant will provide him with a fantastic opportunity to present his work to a new generation of media scholars.

Together with RMeS, Smit will now further develop this proposal into a workshop, which will be scheduled in Spring 2019.

About the PhD Workshop Grant
The RMeS PhD Workshop Grant enables advanced PhD-candidates or recently graduated PhDs to organize a workshop around their own research and share their expertise with a new generation of scholars. The workshop is to center on the theme of the recipient’s dissertation or their current research project. The Grant is intended to acknowledge original and innovative contributions to the field of media studies and to highlight the work of talented scholars at the beginning of their careers.