Hanna Surma is Assistant Professor in Media Studies in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. She received her Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Media Studies from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
Hanna’s research interests include television and media theory; (television) genre theory; video culture, theory and history; governmentality studies; the transformation of media distribution and production practices; Reality TV; First Person documentary forms; and the relation of media and subjectivation.
She is the author of various articles on Reality Television/Self Media and a forthcoming monograph on Medien des Selbst: First Person Videos im Life-Intervention Fernsehen.
In her current research, she investigates questions on the transformation of creative processes in the Dutch television industry.
Hanna Surma teaches and coordinates courses and supervises theses on media and television in transition; on television theory and on research methods in the master's program Film and Television Cultures and the BA Media en cultuur. She is the co-coordinator of the MA Film and Television Cultures.