RMeS Kick-off event

When: 6 October 2023
Time: 15.00-17.00, followed by drinks
Where: Utrecht University – Grote Zaal (T.0.05) ingang via Muntstraat 2a – Utrecht
For: RMa students and PhD Candidates in Media Studies

Registration via this link. Registration will close on 25 September 2023.


Guest speakers: Dr Simone van der Burg (Waag) and Professor Jeroen de Kloet (UvA)

To celebrate the start of the new academic year, RMeS is organizing an afternoon of talks and discussions on the theme of “Impactful Media”. Together with several renowned speakers, including Dr Simone van der Burg (Waag) and Professor Jeroen de Kloet, we will think about the future of media and media research, as well as the meaning of  impact for media studies. What is the impact of digitalization on the public sphere? How has our collective experience of media changed in recent years because of this? How can researchers impact the shape of the media technological landscape, and what are the challenges in doing so?

We invite PhD candidates and RMA students to join us in kicking off the new academic year on 6 October 2023 between 15:00 and 17:00 in the Theaterzaal at Muntstraat 2A, Utrecht. After the talks and roundtable discussion end at 17:00, we will enjoy free drinks in the adjacent foyer.

The preliminary program is as follows:

14:45 – 15:00 Walk-in
15:00 – 15:15 Opening announcements by Marcel Broersma
15:15 – 16:00 Invited talks (Simone van der Burg and others TBA) + Q&A
16:00 – 16:15 BREAK
16:15 – 17:00 Roundtable discussion with speakers and audience
17:00 – end DRINKS


Simone van der Burg is Head of Programme of the Code research group within Waag. She leads the
team that focusses on digital public spaces and the (digital) commons. Before joining Waag
Futurelab, Simone worked at Wageningen University and Research, where she was a Senior
Researcher, and the programme leader for Ethics and Responsible Digitalisation. Prior to this she was
the Assistant Professor in Ethics of Healthcare and Responsible Research and Innovation at IQ
Healthcare, RadboudUMC.

Jeroen de Kloet is Professor in Globalisation Studies and a member of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He also affiliated to the State Key Lab of Media Convergence and Communication of the Communication University of China in Beijing, and is a regular visiting scholar at the Beijing Film Academy. Since 2023, he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). His work focuses on the cultural implications of globalization, with a special interest in contemporary China.

Please register through the link above no later than 25 September 2023. For questions of any kind, please contact us via RMeS@rug.nl.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

The RMeS PhD council
(Bartosz, Bjorn, Dennis, Welmoed & Zheyu)