All researchers and PhD candidates in the Department of Media and Communication participate in the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC). As such the Department’s research objectives and research areas coincide with those of the ERMeCC. Members of the Department of Arts and Culture Studies are also participating in and actively contributing to this Centre.
ERMeCC is a research centre located within the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Centre was founded in the spring of 2008 by members of the Departments of Media and Communication and Arts and Culture Studies. Researchers at the Centre are dedicated to carrying out interdisciplinary research on media, communication and culture. The Centre's mission is to operate as an international, national and local centre of expertise for high-quality research into the myriad relationships between media, society and culture. Our research is empirical, interdisciplinary and comparative, informed by work in various social sciences, in particular media and communication studies and the sociology of culture. It involves the study of the social meanings and impacts of communication, media and culture; of media and cultural policies; of the production, distribution, and reception of media and culture; and of the cultural, economic, technological, social, and political conditions associated with these processes.
ERMeCC provides an intellectual network for researchers, postgraduate students and professionals in the field of media, communication and culture. We seek to generate research in association with societal organizations, media enterprises and public institutions. In addition, we pursue external research funding to support our growth.
We have strong linkages with Doctoral, Master's and Bachelor's level teaching. In particular with Research Master's programme in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts, the Master's programmes in Media Studies and Arts and Culture Studies, the International Bachelor's programme in Communication and Media and the Bachelor's programme in Culture Studies.
We organise lectures, seminars and events that are of interest to researchers, professionals and students. Furthermore, we develop and participate in international and national research networks concerned with media, communication and culture.