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.


Pioneers of the Dutch Game Industry
18 January 2017
On November 18 2016, the UU and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision organized a symposium on creating an archive for the history of Dutch games.
Radio garden
13 January 2017
The online platform Radio Garden allows users to explore an interactive globe filled with radio’s past and present.
13 January 2017
In this book, Karin van Es develops a comprehensive understanding of liveness today, and clarifies the stakes surrounding the category of the ‘live’.


30 January 2017 09:15 - 17:15
Ecogames are imaginative spaces for playing and learning, expressing often contested moral and political values.
28 February 2017 19:15 - 22:00
On 28 February the Postcolonial Studies Initiative will be screening 'Fuocoammare' as part of its seventh annual film series.
2 March 2017 17:00 - 18:30
From porn, to movies and videoclips: do we develop sexual standards based on what we see in the media? With media scholar dr. Linda Duits.

Department of Media and Culture Studies