Professor of Media and Cultural Industries (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 24 Sep 2021

Faculty of Arts

University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high quality teaching and research. Its 36,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe, and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. For additional information (https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/new-staff/). The University of Groningen has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty in terms of both education and high-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. The faculty creates and shares knowledge through outstanding education and high-quality research, benefitting to society. With more than 5,500 students, the faculty is heavily involved in educating students, both Dutch and international.

Media Studies
Media Studies in Groningen is rooted in the humanities domain but also draws upon methods and paradigms developed in the social sciences domain of communication science. It has a specific focus on the informative and social functions of media. With media and mediation at the heart of contemporary culture and life, we study and reflect on media’s impact in a wide variety of environments, whether it is social media, print, websites, radio, television, or search engines. Our degrees aim to provide students with a thorough understanding of the affordances of different platforms and the interplay between them; the political and economic underpinnings of media systems; patterns of use, production and content; and the functions and impact of media in culture and society. Our research and teaching is characterized by a comparative perspective by studying media in their cultural, historical, economic, political and international contexts. We have a focus on cultural industries, digital cultures, journalism studies, audiovisual culture, and politics and global citizenship.

Chair of Media and Cultural Industries
For this Chair the media and cultural industries in all their facets are central, with an emphasis on processes of digitalization, datafication and platformization. Media are central to the cultural industries, also known as the creative industries. Cultural industry scholars are turning their attention to the growing cultural influence of the technology sector. Tensions and collaboration between tech giants and the traditional cultural sector is reshaping these industries and the cultural content they produce. This has implications for cultural creators, for citizens, and for culture. How are citizens impacted and how do policy makers at all levels respond? How do platform politics influence which stories get told and which ones get ignored? What happens when cultural texts are reframed as 'content'? What is at stake when cultural curation is outsourced to algorithms and how does the automation of cultural production affect work and meaning? These questions are central to the new chair of Media and Cultural industries.

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