People: Koen Leurs, MA


Koen Leurs, MA
Aio/PhD Student - Research Institute for History and Culture
Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Office: Department of Media & Culture / OGC / Gender Studies
Muntstraat 2a, 3512 EV Utrecht // Room 1.13
Phone: +31 30 253 7859  

E-mail: K.H.A.Leurs[at]uu.nl

  URL: www.koenleurs.net

Research school
Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP), www.let.uu.nl/womens_studies/
Intergender - Research School for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, www.intergender.net

Research areas
(New) Media studies, feminist techno science, gender & postcolonial critique,
representation, post structuralist discourse analysis

Biography
Koen Leurs is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is a team member of Wired Up, a research project focusing on digital media as innovative socialization practices for migrant youth. Koen examines the gendered and ethnic interfacing of digital technologies, migration, and (global) youth cultures. Koen conducted his earlier studies at Utrecht University and the National University of Singapore.

Seminars attended
-Reading/writing seminar, Graduate Gender Programme, Utrecht University
-Media & performance seminar, Media Studies, Utrecht University

Coursework
-General Introductory course to Gender Research - Prof. dr. Rosi Braidotti (Feb, 2008 - Utrecht University)
-Issues in postcoloniality - Dr. Babs Boter (Feb - Apr, 2008 - Utrecht University)
-Conducting your own survey - Asst. Professor Irene Klugkist (Nov - Jan 2009 - Utrecht University)
-Transdisciplinary theories and practics - Intergender (Feb 2009 - Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlshamn, Sweden)
-NOISE Summer School, Utrecht University.
Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity (August 2009, Utrecht University)
-Oxford Internet Institute summer school (to be confirmed, July, 2010)

Teaching
-BA course The history and theory of new media / Geschiedenis en theorie van de nieuwe media (2005-2006, 2006-2007)
-BA course Knowledge, arts and society / Kennis, letteren, maatschappij (2006-2007)
-MA course Spaces of new media (2007-2008, 2009-2010)

Guest lectures
-'UU Global Citizenship Winterschool', New Media New Citizenship debate leader & cyber lab instructor (2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10)
-'UU Global Citizenship Summer School" (2009-2010, 2010-2011)
-BA course "Gender and ethnicity in Europe (2009-2010)
-MA course "Issues in postcoloniality" (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011)

Tutor
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NOISE Summer school 2009. Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity.

Conference paper presentations

2011
-Leurs, K. Vernacular spectacles? Dutch-Moroccan youth on YouTube. Video Vortex Conference. Amsterdam Institute of Network Cultures. 11 & 12 March 2011.

-Leurs, K. Community and voice: Dutch-Moroccan youth using online discussion boards. NOV (Nederlandse Onderzoeksschool Vrouwenstudies) National Research Day, to be held Friday February 18, 2011.

-Leurs, K. Dutch-Moroccan youth engaging with online discussion forums: triangulating findings on popularity, gender specifity, and purposes. Etmaal van de communciatiewetenschappen. Enschede: Universiteit Twente, 24 & 25 januari, 2011.

2009
-Participating in a mediated world. Platform for Communication, Media, and Information (CMI) within the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Amsterdam.
Hypertextual selves. Patterns of production and consumption of Dutch Moroccan youth on Hyves.
Presentation together with Sandra Ponzanesi. 26 November, 2009.

-DIASPORA, MIGRATION AND MEDIA SECTION - European Communication Research and Education Association
Two-day workshop: Diasporas, Migration and Media: Crossing Boundaries, New Directions.
Wired Up team paper presentation: At Home in the Web. The diasporic networks of migrant youth: learning and identity construction online November 6-7 2009 Utrecht University, Netherlands

-Occidentalism, Orientalism, and the idea of a postsecular Europe

“Online social networking sites as spaces of conviviality? Dutch-Moroccan youth on Hyves”. 31 October. Utrecht University, the Netherlands

-Glocal imaginaries - Lancaster University, UK
Individual paper presentation: "Migrant Youth Writing G/local Hypertextual Selves across Diasporas and Youth Cultures". September 9-12, 2009.

-7th European Feminist Research Conference - Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Individual paper presentation: "Migrant youth & online hypertext: multiple modes of becoming/belonging". June 04 - 07, 2009.

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Race, Ethnicity and (New) Media symposium - Race & Ethnic Studies Insitute, Texas A&M University, USA.
Individual paper presentation: "Be(com)ing cyber Mocro's. Digital media, migration and glocalized youth cultures". April 30 - May 2, 2009.

-International Society for Cultural and Activity Research - University of California, San Diego, USA.
Symposium "Youth Migrants and Digital Literacies in Transnational Contexts" with Mariëtte de Haan, Kevin Leander, Nina ter Laan, Eva Lam, Lisa Patel Stevens and Rebecca W. Black. September 8-13, 2008.

-International Society for Cultural and Activity Research - University of California, San Diego, USA.
Poster presentation: "Migrant youth, cyberspace & the 'well' of transnational symbolic vocabulary" with Nina ter Laan.
September 8-13, 2008.

The art and politics of Netporn Conference - Amsterdam Institute of Network Cultures, the Netherlands.
Paper presentation: "Exploring pedophilia". Netporn and Censorship Open Debate with Albert Benschop. September 30 - October 1, 2005

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles
Leurs, Koen., Midden, Eva & Ponzanesi, Sandra. (forthcoming 2011) Bottom-up Multiculturalism: Young Dutch-Moroccans’ Religious, Ethnic and Gender Position Acquisition through Digital Media. Religion and Gender, Volume 1, issue 2. Available at http://www.religionandgender.org/index.php/rg.

Leurs, Koen & Ponzanesi, Sandra (2011) "Communicative spaces of their own. Migrant girls performing selves using Instant Messaging software". Feminist Review. Special Issue on Media Transformations, edited by Lizzie Thynne and Nadje Al-Ali. See http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/archive/2011_issues.html

Leurs, Koen & Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2011) "Mediated crossroads. Youthful digital diasporas". M/C Journal. Volume 14, issue 2. Available at: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/324

 

Book chapters in edited volumes
Leurs, Koen; Hirzalla, Fadi; Van Zoonen, Liesbeth (forthcoming). In: Waar moslimjongeren hun eigen koers kunnen varen. Zinzoekers op het web. Vught: Skandalon.

Leurs, Koen. (forthcoming 2012). "Migrant youth invading online spaces: intersectional performativity of self in socio-technological networks". In: Where have all the cyberfeminists gone? Gajalla, Radhika. (ed) New York: Peter Lang.

Leurs, Koen Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2012). "The performance of gender by migrant girls in Instant Messaging spaces". In: Handbook of Gender, Sexualities and the Media. Ross, Karen. (ed) Hoboken,NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. See http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444338544.html

Leurs, Koen & Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2011). "Gendering the construction of Instant Messaging spaces". In: Women and the Gendering of Talk, Gossip & Communication Practices Across Media. Burcon, Sarah and Ames, Melissa. (eds) Jefferson, NC: McFarland press.
Click here to look inside the book using Google Books.

Leurs, Koen. (in preparation). "Online social networking sites as spaces of conviviality?" In: Postcolonial Europe anthology. Döring, Tobias, et al. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Publishers.

Non refereed articles
Leurs, Koen. (2010) “Framing terrorism”. Blik, tijdschrift voor audiovisuele media. Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Leurs, Koen. (2006) "Exploring pedophilia. An inventory of the pedophilic discourse from a media studies perspective". Blik, tijdschrift voor audiovisuele media. Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Book reviews
Leurs, Koen. (forthcoming) Book review: Living West, Facing East: The (De)Construction of Muslim Youth Sexual Identities, by Fida Sanjakdar, New York: Peter Lang Publishing. in Religion and Gender. http://www.religionandgender.org/index.php/rg

Leurs, Koen. (2009). Book review: Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet. Resource centre for cyberculture studies. 07.2009 ed. D. Silver. Available online

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of these papers/articles/chapters.

 

Downloadable Wired up working papers
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Leurs, K. (2011). Dutch-Moroccan youth engaging with online discussion forums: triangulating findings on popularity, gender specifity, and purposes. Etmaal van de communciatiewetenschappen. Enschede: Universiteit Twente, 24 & 25 januari, 2011. Download here.

-Leurs, K. (2009). Performing gender and ethnicity in socio-technological networks: entangling feminist technoscience and post-colonial theory. International Journal for Feminist Technoscience. Available online: http://feministtechnoscience.se/wp/wp-content/uploads/leurs_performing-gender-and-ethnicity-in-socio-technical-networks_2009-06-25.pdf

-Poster presentation "Migrant youth, cyberspace & the 'well' of transnational symbolic vocabulary" with Nina ter Laan.
International Society for Cultural and Activity Research - University of California, San Diego. (.pdf, 736 kb).

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