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Positions in Cultural Heritage and Identity: Creative industries, Media and Popular Culture


The mediatization of society has fundamentally changed the way we perceive and define cultural heritage. Popular media and creative industries shape identity formation while films, television, videos, games, pop music etc. become cultural heritage themselves. Born-digital, digital and digitized cultural archives, whether they are curated by cultural institutions or by users on social media or entertainment platforms, are key in understanding future heritage and identity construction. We are looking for candidates who are able to address, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the challenges related to topics such as: the impact of datafication and platformization of cultural heritage; critical data studies in relation to AI; taste formation, valuation and evaluation of culture and political polarization. In addition, we are also looking for candidates who are able to apply new approaches to possible futures of the digital heritage of the visual and performative arts, popular cultures, and born-digital cultures.

We are looking for candidates with areas of expertise that may include but are not limited to:

  • Political economies of culture production and consumption
  • Digital curation & critical archive studies
  • Platform studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Data critical perspectives to cultural heritage
  • Cultural sociology
  • Digital ethnography
  • Dynamics of global governance
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Empirical and cognitive approaches to cultural heritage


Depending on the candidates’ experience and expertise they will be embedded in one or more of the following degree programmes:

  • BA programmes American Studies; Archaeology; Communication and Information Studies; European Languages and Cultures; Arts, Culture and Media; History; International Relations and Organizations; Media Studies; Art History; Middle Eastern Studies
  • (Research)MA programmes Communication and Information Studies; Media, Creation and Innovation; Datafication & Digital Literacy; Art History; Arts, Culture and Media; Digital Humanities; Euroculture; Modern History and International Relations; Journalism; Literary Studies


Depending on the candidates’ experience and expertise they will be embedded one or more faculty research institutes and centres and university-wide research schools and centres. Options include but are not limited to:

Faculty of Arts:
  • Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG):
    • Centre for Arts in Society (AiS)
    • Centre for Historical Studies (CHS)
    • Centre for International Relations (CIRR)
    • Centre for Media and Journalism Studies (CMJS)
    • Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics (DemCP)
  • Groningen Institute for Archeology (GIA)
  • Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG)
University-wide research institute and schools:
  • Jantina Tammes School for Digital Society, Technology, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health
  • Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development
  • Interdisciplinary School for Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN)
  • Centre for Digital Humanities

How to apply?

For information about the application procedure including the application form, see the application procedure page.


For more information about the positions in Cultural Heritage and Identity – Creative industries, Media and Popular Culture you may contact prof. Susan Aasman

Please do not use the email address shown above to apply.

Last modified:16 December 2022 3.42 p.m.