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.


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.


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.


15 July 2016
This grant enables the young researchers to work on a project of their own for three years.
14 July 2016
Frank Kessler and Sarah Dellman edited a special issue of the journal Early Popular Visual Culture.
29 June 2016
Six Game Research seed money grants were awarded to multidisciplinary teams of researchers.


Eventalks at the Early Music Festival 2016
26 August 2016 18:30 - 4 September 2016 19:00
In a secular version of evensong, named Eventalk, inspiring speakers from Utrecht University offer an intellectual haiku with a musical interlude.
Openlucht filmtheater in China ©
9 September 2016 10:30 - 11:45
In his PhD thesis Bian explores the working of postmodern formulas in Chinese films and the effects of it on the Chinese population.
5 October 2016 14:30 - 15:45
Cerqueira Da Silva Junior argues that improvisation and choreography are always dynamically related, instead of being counterparts.

Department of Media and Culture Studies