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 Industries: A PhD Masterclass with Professor David Hesmondhalgh

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 25 November 2016

Professor David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds) is one of the leading scholars in media and communication research. His seminal work on media and cultural industries and cultural production has influenced a wide range of academics across the globe. Among his key books are The Cultural Industries, Creative Labour (with Sarah Baker) and Why Music Matters. You can read his full profile here:


During this PhD masterclass, a selected number of PhD researchers will have the opportunity to discuss their work with Professor Hesmondhalgh. The masterclass provides a platform for an open and inter-generational discussion on the study of media production, the cultural industries and media and cultural policy. The masterclass particularly addresses young scholars who pursue doctoral research in this area and want to refine their conceptual and methodological understanding of it. The interactive discussion is based on the project summaries and questions provided by the participants.


Young scholars who wish to participate in the masterclass are asked to submit a 1-page summary of their research project to and to by 21 October 2016. This summary should contain a brief outline of their (planned) study, its major theoretical underpinnings, research questions, and how these questions will be tackled methodologically. Moreover, we ask participants to provide maximum three questions that they wish to address during the masterclass. These should be, ideally, linked to the broader themes of media and cultural industries and cultural production.

In order to guarantee a comfortable discussion, the number of participants is limited to 8. Participants will be selected on the basis of (1) suitability with regard to the above specified themes; (2) overall quality of the 1-page project summary and questions for discussion. We also seek to select participants from different universities and disciplinary backgrounds in order to stimulate networking.

Practical details

The masterclass takes place on Friday 25 November 2016 from 10.00 to 12.00 AM at the Etterbeek campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel ( etterbeek).

Participation in the masterclass is free of charge. The organizers and the VUB Doctoral School of Human Sciences provide 1 ECTS credit to participants.

Contact and organization

Professor Kevin Smets ( and Mrs Jolien van Keulen (

CEMESO Research Group:


The organization of this masterclass is made possible thanks to the support of the VUB Doctoral School of Human Sciences and The Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association