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

11 October 2018
This week the book 'Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium', edited by Alexander Badenoch, was published.
13 September 2018
This book offers an innovative take on the role of intellectuals in Europe through a postcolonial lens.
Sandra Ponzanesi.
4 September 2018
Prof. Sandra Ponzanesi received a NWO grant for her international research project 'Postcolonial Intellectuals and their European Publics'.
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Events

Composer John Williams guest conducted the Marine Band on its 205th birthday. Photo By: Marine Band Public Affairs Office
17 October 2018 16:15 - 18:00
On Wednesday 17 October 2018 the next edition of Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies 2018-2019 will take place.
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9 November 2018 15:30 - 18:00
On Friday 9 November 'Big Data Histories', a special issue of TMG – Journal for Media History, will be launched in Utrecht.
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23 November 2018 12:45 - 13:45
How do digital algorithms govern our daily lives and how do they do so without us consciously noticing?
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