Utrecht research in the field of media and performance studies its objects as historically situated, interlocking practices rather than adopting an essentialist view highlighting medium specificity. Some of the questions addressed by this research group:
- How do people use media?
- What historical functions did media and performance practices fulfill?
- How do specific historical practices in media and performance emerge?
- How do media and performance relate to issues of cultural identities, participation, and citizenship?
- What is their role with regard to cultural heritage and memory?
The Media and Performance Studies research group regularly organises seminars: see http://mcwutrecht.org/index.php/mcwseminars/.
For more information on research projects, see also http://www.theatrestudies.nl/research_projects.html
Cultures and Identities
The members of this research group participate in all four thematic topics within the Utrecht research focus area Cultures and Identities:
- Changing Literacies
- Media and Diaspora
- Shifting Youth Identities
- Transnational Memories
Utrecht research on media and performance within the focus area deals with a broad spectrum of issues and questions. The intermedial perspective adopted by the group has proven to be especially productive to map the aesthetic, social, and cultural functions of media and performance with regard to both historical and contemporary phenomena.
Members or the research group participate in various international associations:
- DIGRA (Digital Games Research Association)
- DOMITOR (international association for research on early cinema)
- ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association)
- ETHN (European Television History Network)
- FIRT (International Federation for Theatre Research)
- HOMER project (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition, and Reception)
- IGEL (International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media)
- NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies)
- PSi (Performance Studies International)