Research areas

Department of Arts and Culture Studies

Research at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies focuses on a specific combination of research themes and is not solely rooted in arts and culture studies but also in various other disciplines. As such, the department occupies a unique position internationally. The individual and collaborative research projects in the field of media, communication and culture can be grouped into three interrelated themes.

Cultural Heritage and Globalisation

Researchers on this theme examine how media organisations and industries have responded to altering international, national and local (business) conditions brought about by wider technological, economic, socio-cultural and political developments.

They also seek to understand and qualify the role of (new) media and creative industries for cities and regions worldwide as breeding grounds for economic and cultural developments, and as places for cultural consumption and tourism.

Cultural Entrepreneurship and Creative Industries

Production and consumption practices in media and culture have changed dramatically as a result of the interactions between social transformations, technological developments and increasing market competition.

New media technologies are increasingly shaping interpersonal as well as corporate and organisational communication. This line of research aims to qualify the intertwinement of media production and consumption, and to clarify the mechanisms and processes that determine their mutual relationships.

Production and Reception of Media and Culture

This research strand addresses the consequences of globalisation and increased diversity for agents, processes, structures, products and practices in media and culture. For instance, in what ways and to what extent does globalisation alter the production, dissemination, content and reception of various media and cultural products? And, how does it change the nature and impact of media and cultural policies and the role of national and local institutions in policy-making?