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.


10 May 2016
This volume studies the process of group formation through the production and appropriation of songs in various European regions.
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.


Prof. Cary Wolfe
8 June 2016 - 10 June 2016
Q&A, public lecture and masterclass with Cary Wolfe (Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, Rice University).
Ward One
15 June 2016 16:00 - 17:30
The research group [urban interfaces] from the department of Media and Culture Studies presents a lecture and meet & greet with Heidi Rae Cooley.
14 December 2016 09:00 - 16 December 2016 18:00
In December 2016, Ponzanesi and Leurs will organise a KNAW Academy Colloquium entitled ‘Connected migrants: encapsulation or cosmopolitanism?’.

Department of Media and Culture Studies