Department of Media and Culture Studies

The Department of Media and Culture Studies provides education on and carries out research in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, theatre, dance and performance, gender and ethnicity, music and cultural policies. Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday practices with which people shape their identities and actions, and within which societal structures and institutions take shape. Media (old and new) are crucial factors in these processes.

Education

The department is the home base for all the lecturers who teach in the Bachelor’s programmes Media en Cultuur and Muziekwetenschap. They also teach in the various Master's programmes, including Film- en Televisiewetenschap and the English-language programmes Applied Musicology, Arts and Society, Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy, Gender Studies, Gender Studies (Research), Media, Art and Performance Studies, Musicology and New Media & Digital Culture.

Research

The scholars in media and culture studies from the various research groups often work together to explore issues surrounding different facets of the role played by art, culture, and media in present-day society. The research focuses on a broad range of media and cultural and artistic performances, which are studied within their intermedial context. We pay particular attention to the relation between historical and contemporary developments, transmedial and intermedial phenomena, cultural diversity, emancipation, heritage and the digital humanities.

News

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28 April 2016
In a panel debate on big data, Mirko Tobias Schäfer stressed the importance of humanities expertise in data analysis.
26 April 2016
'GAME ON: Onderzoek naar museale presentatie van computergames' is a cooperation between UU and Beeld en Geluid.
Bezoekers spelen een bordspelversie van Asteroids
24 April 2016
The Asteroids showcase on 21 April illustrated how a well-known game cad be adapted in the service of research questions.
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Events

Silent film A Trip to the Moon (1902) - Source: Wikimedia Commons
29 April 2016 09:30 - 30 April 2016 14:00
This colloquium gives students and young researchers the opportunity to exchange and to present their current projects.
17 May 2016 19:30 - 22:00
The Peril and Promise of the Digital Economy by Douglas Rushkoff at the UCLA Hammer Museum.
Transmedia Serial Narration Symposium
20 May 2016 15:00 - 18:00
Utrecht University will be hosting the Transmedia Serial Narration Symposium, with speakers from the Netherlands, France and Belgium.
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Department of Media and Culture Studies