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

Prof. dr. José van Dijck. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
20 May 2019
On 24 May 2019 Prof. José van Dijck will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund.
Artist Impression of TAOXICHUAN China Arts and Sciences.
2 May 2019
Rick Dolphijn has been selected as a member to the International Advisory Board of the "Taoxichuan China Arts and Sciences" Contemporary Arts Centre.
Dr. Evelyn Wan
25 April 2019
Evelyn Wan receives a Research Prize from the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for her dissertation 'Clocked! Time and Biopower in the Age of Algorithms'.
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Events

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23 May 2019 16:00 - 25 May 2019 18:00
From 23 to 25 May the 'Performing Robots Conference: Dialogues Between Theatre and Robotics' will take place in Utrecht.
24 May 2019 20:30 - 25 May 2019 23:00
This documentary explores the history and present of the internet. Is it one of the greatest revolutions ever experienced? With media scholar Dr Nanna Verhoeff.
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3 June 2019 09:00 - 4 June 2019 19:30
A two day event with workshops and seminars on the role of new media and digitization in the security approaches of the refugee crisis.
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