The Department of Media and Culture Studies is looking for a media scholar with a strong international reputation and excellent skills in research, teaching and management. S/he can articulate an engaged, interdisciplinary vision on the academic field in line with the strategic plans of the department, the Faculty of Humanities, and the university. The ideal candidate substantially contributes to developing the department's research themes in media, culture and society and helps distribute this knowledge in and beyond academia. S/he is able to motivate and inspire cooperative research projects across disciplines and to acquire external funding, initiate collaborative teaching, and stimulate innovation that directly connects to recent developments in media studies, both nationally and internationally. The successful candidate focuses on the cultural and societal dimensions of media in today's digitised society in both teaching and research. Moreover, s/he is expected to contribute to Utrecht University's strategic themes and is encouraged to initiate and build on the university's research strengths in these areas.
The candidate we are looking for has a strong publication and teaching record, an extensive international network, and the experience and willingness to take on managerial responsibilities. S/he has profound knowledge of the theoretical foundations of media studies as an academic field and is familiar with current developments in the field of media such as mediatisation, datafication, and screen cultures; we welcome theoretical, historical as well as contextual orientations towards these developments.
The new chair 'Media, Culture and Society' will be positioned in the Department of Media and Culture Studies (MCW), which is part of the Humanities Faculty of Utrecht University. MCW provides education and research in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, theatre, dance and performance, musicology, gender and post-colonial studies, communication and information studies, and participation in arts and culture. In the department a wide range of media as well as cultural and artistic expressions are studied in conjunction with one another. Culture is interpreted as a dynamic combination of artistic, creative and everyday activities that people use to shape their identities, and within which social processes, structures and institutions are shaped.
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