Eight Assistant/Associate Professors in Media Studies

8 Assistant/Associate Professors in Media Studies (1,0 fte each)

Specificaties – (uitleg)
Locatie Faculty of Humanities
Functietypes Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers, Research, Development, Innovation, Education
Wetenschappelijke discipline Language and Culture
Uren 24,0 – 40,0 uren per week
Salaris € 3324 – € 6160
Werk-/denkniveau Doctorate
Vacaturenummer 713871
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About employer Utrecht University

Solliciteer binnen 23 dagen op deze vacature


For the 8 available positions, we are searching for candidates in particular who have demonstrably good qualifications in the field of education, research and education management and who would be able to provide a combination of the following areas of education:

(new) screen theory
mobile and urban screen media and culture
film theory
contemporary national and international cinema
historic transformation of television
media archives and archiving (television, cinema, new media)
television within the digital context and participation
media production and creative industry
social media
games and play
narrativity (cross-media, seriality, narrative complexity)
non-fiction (film, television, internet)
the broader, cultural study of (digital) communication
cultural and political issues in the field of new media and the theory of new media
data analysis and digital methods

In the field of education, the training courses that MCW provides (BA Media Studies, BA Communication and Information Sciences, BA Language and Cultural Studies; MA Media Studies) are aimed at an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to media and media culture. Attention to the (historic) transformation of media and media culture and the role of media in society form the main focus, with a concentration within the education on research skills and qualitative research methods.

Candidates who can be deployed broadly in several areas of education, preferably across mediums, will be given preference. We also prefer candidates with demonstrable affinity to communication science issues. Good methodological knowledge and skills which also translate to education, are required for all the positions.

Please indicate in your application whether you aspire to a position as assistant professor (UD) or associate professor (UHD). For the latter positions in particular, extensive experience in the area of education management is a requirement.


We require:

experience in teaching at both Bachelor and Master level;
considerable research output, evidence of which include a finished PhD and publications at an internationally recognized level;
experience with successful applications for external funding is desirable;
experience in a coordinating position is advantageous;
good communication skills and team spirit;
basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) according to Dutch university standards (or to be obtained within two years);
fluency in English, preferably close to near-native standard;
fluency in Dutch has to be obtained within two years.

For Associate Professor (UHD) position:

experience in teaching at BA/ MA and PhD level
excellent research output at an international recognized level
extensive experience with national and international research funding application processes
experience in coordination of teaching- and research programmes
excellent managerial skills
senior Teaching- and Research Qualification (SKO) according to Dutch university standards (or similar experience and to be obtained within two years)


The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of two years. Subject to excellent performance, this will be followed by a permanent position. The gross monthly salary for an assistant professor’s position will range from € 3,324 to € 5,171, for a full time position, consistent with the cao scale 11/12 (Collective Labour Agreement) for Dutch Universities, and for an associate professor it will range from €4,607 to € 6,160, consistent with cao scale 13/14.

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions, the possibility to participate in a collective health care plan, and other benefits. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

Utrecht University strives for excellence in teaching and study performance. This also holds for the clearly defined research profiles with respect to four core themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth, and Institutions. Utrecht University has a strong commitment to community outreach and contributes to answering the social questions of today and tomorrow.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains:

Philosophy and Religious Studies
History and Art History
Media and Culture Studies and
Languages, Literature and Communication.

With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context.

The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University is an internationally renowned teaching and research consortium composed of scholars in Theatre, Dance, Film, Television, Music, Arts Policy, New Media, Game and Gender Studies. It is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to media, performance, and culture in general. Attention to the (historic) transformation of media, performance and culture and their role in society form the main focus.

Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday activities, with which people shape their identity and actions and within which societal structures and institutions gain shape. Media (old and new) have a crucial role in how this is happening. The Department offers a variety of courses at the Bachelor, the Master and the Doctorate level.

The research of the Media and Culture Department is being coordinated by the Institute for Cultural Enquiry (ICON). Researchers at MCW participate in three ICON programmes: Gender Studies, Media & Performance Studies, and Musicology. All three have received excellent assessments in the most recent research visitation. Furthermore, researchers in our department play an important role in the university-wide focus area ‘Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights’ and ‘Game Research’. The Media and Culture department also hosts the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG).
Additionele informatie

For additional queries please contact Prof Dr Eggo Müller: E.Mueller@uu.nl.

For more information about our courses, please consult:

Bachelor Film en Televisiewetenschap
Master Film- en Televisiewetenschap
Communicatie- en informatiewetenschappen
Media and Performance studies
New Media Digital Culture

For more information about our research, see:

Institute for cultural inquiry
New Media Studies
Game Research
Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights

Cfp: Color in Animation, Comics and Literature

“Color in Animation, Comics and Literature”

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film /Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Wednesday, May 6 2015

An academic symposium at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2015 in collaboration with the Society of Animation Studies, the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, the Institute of Media Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart.  The symposium is aiming to be highly interdisciplinary and international in nature, bringing together scholars, students, academics and artists from diverse fields of research and professional practice.

Call for papers:

This one-day symposium welcomes papers, which negotiate the role and use of color in the fields of literature, illustration, graphic storytelling and animation.

The symposium invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations and welcomes proposals on all aspects of color in book illustration, comics (graphic novels) and animation/film in general.  Proposals, which relate to the symposium topics in the wider sense will be preferred.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

-Color and visual storytelling

-Color as a dramatic tool in animation and comics

-Use of color in book illustrations

-The role of color in adaptations for comics and/or animation/film

-Socio-cultural context of color in illustration, animation and comics

-Techniques of coloring in comics and animation

-Comparative studies of digital coloring versus traditional methods

Please e-mail abstracts of 250 words maximum (excluding title) to the attention of the conference review committee at: sasconference_itfs@hannesrall.com

Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, e-mail address, and the title of your proposed paper. Please do also provide a short CV, with a maximum of 300 words as a separate document.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 9, 2015. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in the last week of March.

The call is open to all interested scholars, researchers and practitioners. Accepted speakers as well as visitors of the symposium will need to get an accreditation for professionals at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2015. This will allow full access to the symposium as well as to the complete program of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film for a very moderate fee-details will follow closer to the conference date.

Call for Contributions: Film Platform

FILM PLATFORM is a joint effort by some of the world’s leading filmmakers and sales agents to bring their finest documentary films to an academic audience. It is an innovative online hub and educational resource, created to provide educators with the best in documentary filmmaking. We believe that documentaries are a germane and stimulating means of learning. Our international selection of films, covering many diverse genres and subjects, can be used to introduce new concepts, expose students to fresh perspectives and ideas, and enhance classroom discussions. Through these films people and ideas from even the most far-flung corners of the world can be brought straight into the classroom to challenge and engage students.

Our carefully curated catalogue combines in-depth stories with out-of-the-box storytelling on a broad range of topics, including the environment, racism, poverty, the effects of globalization, and gender issues. FILM PLATFORM aims to provide such works — at times controversial in form or content, at other times exploring complex and painful histories and memories — with additional context, and to represent the larger discussions to which they respond. Films in our catalogue will be accompanied by carefully selected articles, study guides and interviews with filmmakers.

FILM PLATFORM is designed as an interactive and dynamic sphere of encounter. One of its main objectives is to make filmmakers and even film subjects present in the classroom and part of the discussion. Using our website, filmmakers can engage with viewers through Skype Q&As or live chats. FILM PLATFORM also posts short videos of filmmakers’ commentaries, and initiates conversations between filmmakers and scholars working on related fields. Lastly, aiming to open up a space for dialogue, we encourage all of our users to bring their discussions to the web, where everyone can benefit from their suggestions and insights.

FILM PLATFORM is proud to work with an advisory board, consisting of leading scholars in their fields. Among our board members are: Richard Pena, Michael Renov, Faye Ginsburg, Brian Winston, Chris Berry and Noemi Schory. In addition, FILM PLATFORM collaborates with leading film institutions, film festivals and film professionals around the world such as Sheffield Film Festival, True or False, and with organizations whose causes it wishes to support, such as the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, and more.

FILM PLATFORM invites scholars to publish their work on our website and to contribute to one of the following categories:

Curated Collections:
Curated collections are used to build a multi-layered and multi-perspective discussion around a specific theme. Curators need to select up to 5-6 films related to their field of expertise.
Each curated section must include:

1.  An introduction of up to 1500 words that highlights the main issues, provides some background to the specific context, reviews recent debates or trends, and lastly, introduces some guiding questions that the collection is going to explore.
2.  A short description and some reflection on each of the selected films that highlight the contribution this film has to the general inquiry (around 500 words per film).
3.  A list of references or suggested readings.

Short Essays and Articles:
A short article or an essay (around 2000-3000 words) that addresses one of the films in our catalogue.
Essays and articles are meant to position the film in a larger historical, social, cultural or aesthetic context. They can for example, provide some more background on the social reality that the film aims to document, or review a wider phenomenon, trend or movement to which the film belong, or rather reflect on the film’s aesthetic choices and creative treatment.
The article/essay’s format and style are not fixed. It can be in the range between an elongated blog post and an academic article. It needs to be well informed and research based, and yet comprehensible to various audiences, including academics and students outside of film studies. We will give preference for short, clear-written essays that tackle specific issues or questions that the film brings out.
Articles or essays may include a list of references or bibliographical sources.

Conversation with Filmmakers:
Additional format published by FILM PLATFORM are transcribed conversations between academics and filmmakers on their shared object of research. At this point this applies only to filmmakers whose films are distributed by FILM PLATFORM.
Conversations should reflect on the complexities of the society/reality/culture in which both filmmaker and scholar are active and on the set of decisions taken or strategies chosen by both filmmaker and scholar. In the given situation what is shared by the two methods of research? How do they differ? What kind of critique do they have to offer? What course of action do they pursue? What is their effect?
Transcribed conversations should be up to 3000 words. We accept either pre-constituted conversations or offers for a potential conversation. In these cases the applying party must send a short abstract and five questions or observations around which the conversation can evolve. If accepted, FILM PLATFORM will reach out to the filmmaker and ask their permission.

Contributions in any of the formats described above can be sent, together with a short bio, to: Laliv@filmplatform.net.

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