Kevin Smets

Short bio

Kevin Smets is assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he teaches on media and culture, cultural theory, and visual culture. He is a senior researcher at CEMESO. He holds a MA in Modern History (Leuven, 2008), an MSc in Culture Management (Antwerp, 2009) and a PhD in Film Studies and Visual Culture (Antwerp, 2013). He holds a postdoctoral fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) since 2013, which he carries out at the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi) at the University of Antwerp, and is an associated member of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies at the same university. Kevin has been a visiting fellow at Bilkent University (Ankara), School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), Bilgi University (Istanbul) and Freie Universität Berlin. His main research interests include media and migration, audience research, ethnic and political conflict, and the Middle East, particularly Turkey.







Latest publications


Brussels Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Migration and Minorities

CEMESO is glad to be a founding member of the new Brussels Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Migration and Minorities, which gathers over 90 VUB researchers from 10 disciplines working on…

Badran & Smets: Heterogeneity in Alternative Media Spheres

CEMESO’s Yazan Badran and Kevin Smets published an article that investigates the heterogeneous nature of alternative media spheres by looking at oppositional media discourses and the framing of sectarianism in…

Forced Migrants and Digital Connectivity: Special Collection for the journal Social Media + Society

Together with Koen Leurs (Utrecht University), CEMESO member Kevin Smets recently edited a special collection of the journal Social Media + Society. The special collection focuses on forced migration in(to)…

VUB Honorary Doctorates

On 29 November, the VUB awarded honorary doctorates to the people of Lampedusa (represented by Pietro Bartolo) and Emma Bonino. For this occasion, a conference was organized to highlight refugees…

Kevin Smets: Member of the Jonge Academie

Prof. dr. Kevin Smets has been selected as a member of the Jonge Academie, a network of young researchers and scientists that was initiated by the Royal Femish Academy of…

New publication: Special Issue on Kurdish Media and Culture

Kevin Smets has co-edited (with Ali Fuat Sengul) a special issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. The issue is titled “Kurdish media and culture in a…

Book Chapter: Conflict and resistance on screen: on the films of Halil Dağ

Smets, K. & Akkaya, A.H. (2016). Conflict and resistance on screen: on the films of Halil Dağ. In Koçer, S. & Candan, C. (eds.), Kurdish Documentary Cinema in Turkey: The Politics and…

Researching Media and Cultural Industries: A PhD Masterclass with Professor David Hesmondhalgh

The CEMESO (Culture, Emancipation, Media & Society) Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the Popular Communication Division of NeFCA (The Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association) invite participants to: Researching Media and Cultural…