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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8 February 2016
Michiel de Lange wrote an essay for the Ministry of the Interior about how citizens can identify with the 'smart city'.
15 January 2016
The Utrecht Game Lab has received a subsidy from the K.F. Hein Fonds in order to foster practice-based research on games and play.
Louis Peter Grijp tijdens een concert in Zwolle op 19 juni 2015. Foto Annemies Tamboer
15 January 2016
Prof. Louis Peter Grijp passed away on January 9 at the age of 61. He was Professor of ‘Dutch song culture: past and present’.
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Events

9 February 2016 15:00 -
Opportunities and pitfalls of interdisciplinary collaboration in the focus area game research
Film 'Aferim!' (Radu Jude, Romania, 2015)
16 February 2016 19:15 -
On 16 February the Postcolonial Studies Initiative will be screening Aferim! by Radu Jude as part of its sixth annual film series.
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24 February 2016 -
A two-day workshop about effective scientific communication, given by experts.
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Department of Media and Culture Studies