Join the Summer School Diversity in Arts, Culture and Media Studies on 2 and 3 June


In this two-day summer school early career researchers and senior researchers from the field of arts, culture and media studies will be working together on questions of language, positionality, conceptualisation and operationalisation of diversity. The aim is to promote a more sensible, empathetic and honest research practice.

Topics will include:

  • Positionality: How to approach varying types of diversity (including but not limited to gender and sexuality, race-ethnicity, social class, ability) from your own position as a researcher? How to deal with your own bias?
  • Language: How to talk, present and participate in the field while remaining empathetic to your research participants? How to use language in your own descriptions and approaches to the field? What should we avoid? How do we ask difficult questions?
  • Conceptualisation: What are some of the most useful concepts in diversity research? Can we as researchers rely on such conceptualisations of the field? How to acknowledge the bias of conceptualisation of research while aiming to get something out of it?
  • Operationalisation: How much can the diversity of the field be reduced to simplified socio-demographic categories? How do we work with variables and categories? How to communicate variables and categories with research participants?

The summer school is taught by dr. Julian Schaap, Assistant Professor Sociology of Music at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. and prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Professor of Cultural Management at Heilbronn University, Germany and organised by the university of music and performing arts (MDW) in Vienna and the Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication, with the support of the HERA-funded project Festiversities, the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities EGSH), the MDW, Roodkapje Rotterdam and Codarts.