Profile

Rob Leurs received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Since 2007 he researches and lectures at the department of Media & Culture Studies and Communication & Information Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His fields of interest are media and cultural studies, journalism and discursive constructions of public opinion, qualitative research methods, and quality assurance of educational processes.

Rob Leurs serves on the Examinations Board and is a former member of the Board of Studies. He is affiliated with the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University. His research focuses on genocide trials and discursive media constructions of public opinion, in particular of morality. For further information, see www.RobLeurs.com.

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Key publications

Leurs, R.H. (2009). The cultural sublime and the temporal dimension of media. And the case of Marc Dutroux. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12 (4), (pp. 395-414) (20 p.).

Leurs, R.H. (2006). Onbegrijpelijk kwaad. Marc Dutroux als 'ster van het kwaad' en als sublieme media-ervaring. (141 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2016). From ‘Trial by media’ to ‘Media/trial’ - The interaction between news media and justice: the production of news about the genocide trial against Frans van Anraat.. Communication Studies, 22.
  2016 - Professional publications
Leurs, R.H. & van der Vlies, Laura (2016). Hoe gaan media en mensen met elkaar om?. In Rob Leurs & Vincent Crone (Eds.), Media Noordhoff.
Leurs, R.H. & den Herder, Bas (2016). Hoe worden media gemaakt?. In Rob Leurs & Vincent Crone (Eds.), Media Noordhoff.
Leurs, R.H. & Crone, V.C.A. (2016). Media. (218 p.). Groningen: Noordhoff.
  2016 - Other output
R.H. Leurs (07.03.2016) Rechtspraak
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2015). Covering genocide trials - The discursive position of genocide victims in Cambodia.. MediAsia, 2015, (pp. 51-57).
  2015 - Other output
R.H. Leurs (19.11.2015) Media, Politiek en Rechtspraak
R.H. Leurs (14.11.2015) MediAsia
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, Rob (01.01.2014). Cambodian memories. Images from within the Tuol Sleng genocide museum. Comunicazioni Sociali- Revista di media, spettacolo e studi culturali, 3.
  2014 - Other output
R.H. Leurs (18.12.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (11.12.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (04.12.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (27.11.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (20.11.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (13.11.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (06.11.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (30.10.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (23.10.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (16.10.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (09.10.2014) VARA - Vroeg
R.H. Leurs (02.10.2014) VARA - Vroeg
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2013). ’War crimes are defined by the winners. I’m a winner.’ Genocide and legitimizing social systems. FLOW, 18 (6).
Leurs, R.H. & Schoonbrood, V. (2013). Auschwitz as museum. Discursive constructions of victimhood in a monument of destruction. American Asparagus, 1 (1).
Leurs, R.H. (2013). The ideological side of stardom. Or, why star theory is applicable to politicians in the media. FLOW, 18 (3).
  2013 - Other output
R.H. Leurs (16.10.2013) Eichmann in Nederland? Culturele en politieke dimensies van rechtspraak.
R.H. Leurs (01.04.2013) Media and manipulation.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2012). Ayatollah Khomeini: The changing face of Islam. Cultural studies, Laclau & Mouffe's discourse theory and the change in discourse on Ayatollah Khomeini. Communication Studies, 12 (December).
Leurs, R.H. (2012). Een heilige man die een veel rechtvaardiger, democratischer en spiritueler regime voorstaat. Soundscapes, 14 (March).
Leurs, R.H. (03.12.2012). From 'Trial by media' to 'Media/trial'. In K. Kenney (Eds.), Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Journalism & Mass Communications (pp. 1-6) (6 p.). Singapore: GSTF, JMComm: Journalism & Mass Communications.
Leurs, R.H. (2012). Media/trial. De productie van nieuws in de zaak Van Anraat. Soundscapes, 15 (April).
  2012 - Other output
Leurs, R.H. (2012). From 'Trial by media' to 'Media/trial'. JMComm: Journalism & Mass Communications.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2011). Reliving genocide. The work of Kurdish genocide victims in the Court of Justice. Critical Arts, 25 (2).
  2011 - Professional publications
Leurs, R.H. (2011). Juridische PR. Den Haag: Boom Juridische Uitgevers.
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2010). Een Westerse blik op Ayatollah Khomeini. Video Active
De Kruijf, P., Koelink, P., Zheng, B., Folkerts, G., Leurs, R., Chazot, P.L., Lethbridge, N.L., Kraneveld, A.D. & Smit, M.J. (01.11.2010). Expression profiling of chemotactic receptors in inflammatory diseases. Inflammation Research, 59, (pp. 347) (1 p.).
Leurs, R.H. (2010). Geen gewone sterren. Video Active
Leurs, R.H. (2010). The ‘star of evil’. Child murderer Marc Dutroux as a media personality. Communication Studies, 7 (2).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2009). Televising Khomeini. Video Active
Leurs, R.H. (2009). The cultural sublime and the temporal dimension of media. And the case of Marc Dutroux. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12 (4), (pp. 395-414) (20 p.).
  2009 - Professional publications
Leurs, R.H. (2009). Mediating murderers. Video Active
  2009 - Popularising publications
Leurs, R.H. (07.08.2009). Balkenendenorm niet zomaar van toepassing op publieke omroep. Nederlands Dagblad, (pp. 7) (7 p.).
  2008 - Scholarly publications
  2008 - Professional publications
Leurs, R.H. (2008). The cultural sublime. Or... Immanuel Kant watching the 9/11 attacks on TV. The Philosopher, LXXXXVI (No. 2 Autumn 2008).
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, R.H. (2006). Onbegrijpelijk kwaad. Marc Dutroux als 'ster van het kwaad' en als sublieme media-ervaring. (141 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  0 - Other output
R.H. Leurs () AVRO Nederland 1. EenVandaag.
R.H. Leurs () Covering genocide trials. Journalists, victims and perpetrators and the ‘social circulation of meaning’ in the production of news on genocide trial
R.H. Leurs () Covering genocide trials. The media/trial of Frans van Anraat
R.H. Leurs () International journal of cultural studies
R.H. Leurs () Kwaad spel
R.H. Leurs () NCRV Radio 1. MM Magazine.
R.H. Leurs () Publications: - Mediawijsheid - Storytelling - Creative Communication
R.H. Leurs () Publications: - Storytelling - Creative Communication
R.H. Leurs () Soundscapes
R.H. Leurs () The "star of evil" - serial killer Marc Dutroux as media representation
R.H. Leurs () The academic debate as teaching method
R.H. Leurs () The representation of Ayatollah Khomeini in Western television news
R.H. Leurs () The representation of Ayatollah Khomeini in Western television news
R.H. Leurs () VARA Radio 1. De Gids.fm
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Rob Leurs is affiliated with the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University. His research focuses on genocide trials and discursive media constructions of public opinion, in particular of morality. For further information, see www.RobLeurs.com.

 

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His current research project:

 

Covering genocide trials.

Journalists, victims and perpetrators and the ‘social circulation of meaning’ in the production of news on genocide trials – Cambodia, Iraq/The Netherlands, and Rwanda.

 

Most research on journalism adopts a classical approach towards the industrial apparatus of journalism. In contrast to this traditional perspective this research project proposes a cultural approach towards the 'social circulation of meaning' of news production. It focuses on the production of news of genocide trials: the construction of media discourses of attempts to prosecute atrocities in Cambodia, Iraq/The Netherlands, and Rwanda that form a 'mediapolis' (Silverstone 2007) which demonstrate the rhetoric on (the limitations) of being human.

The central research questions is how the interaction of journalists, representatives of the victims and representatives of the indicted criminals, from their specific discursive position, circulates meanings that form the basis of the international press coverage of genocide trials in Cambodia, Iraq/The Netherlands, and Rwanda. Through a discourse analytical approach (Laclau & Mouffe 1985) of interviews with journalists and the representatives of victims and indicted criminals the 'contemporary of the non-contemporary' (Bloch 1935), or in other words, the role of the media in the simultaneous existence of several forms of social conscience, becomes apparent.

The research will, by means of a two-fold comparative study (historico-geographical and analytical comparison), describe and analyse how the interaction occurs between the meanings that journalists, (representatives of) victims and indicted criminals construct in order to encode morality in the news on genocide trials. The three cases (Cambodia, Iraq/The Netherlands, Rwanda) are selected because of their representation of pronounced cultural, political, and legal contexts. The aim is to produce innovative case studies on international news production that can stimulate the theoretical and methodological debate of a cultural approach to journalism.

 

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Covering genocide trials. Case I: Iraq/The Netherlands

In 2005 Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat was brought to court on charges of supplying chemicals for the poison gases with which Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein killed thousands of Kurdish civilians in 1988. For this worst ever poison gas attacks on civilians, Van Anraat was indicted for genocide and complicity to war crimes. In the international media attention has been given to this trial in several ways: from television interviews with lawyers to newspaper descriptions of the suffering of survivors, and from rerunning historical documentary material to books by research journalists on the business network Van Anraat was involved in.

In order to answer the question how truth and meanings were encoded in news about this genocide trial, I’ve held semi-structured interviews with stakeholders in the production of journalistic media. This makes it possible to describe and analyze how journalists, members of the Department of Justice, members of Parliament and (representatives of) victims and indicted criminal attempt to transform their ‘viewpoints’ into media representations.

The interview and discourse analysis results show a binary opposition in dealing with journalistic media between on the one hand victims and lawyers and on the other the Department of Justice, Parliamentarians, and journalists. The first group has founded its involvement in producing news reports on the assumption that media is able to show the truth, and that this generates justice. In other words, victims and lawyers see media as guardians of a deeper (moral) truth. Contrary, even before the trial the second group has actively developed media strategies to define what the trial should include (in both a legal and a moral sense), what the events underlying the lawsuit are, what the construction of criminality is and those who belong to it, etc.

Thus, in short, the discourse analysis of the interviews with stakeholders show the binary assumptions underlying the dealing and cooperating with journalistic media of on the one hand 'true events as reality' and on the other 'media as reality construction'. By comparing these positions both cultural and ethical dimensions of the circulation of meanings in the production of news is uncovered.

 

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Currently dr. Rob Leurs teaches the following course(s):
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