Berber Hagedoorn | Photograph by Sebastiaan ter Burg

I am Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, specialized in Media and Cultural Studies, studying the representation of past events, participatory media, multi-platform storytelling, cultural memory and the re-use of archival footage – particularly for television, film and digital media. I organize cooperation for European research and education into television’s history and future as a multi-platform storytelling practice, a.o. as Vice-Chair of the ECREA Television Studies section (www.ecrea.eu). My Digital Humanities experience includes (inter-)national projects on digitalized audio-visual heritage and cultural memory promoting the use of television content to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history (see for instance www.euscreen.eu). I have published in a.o. Media and CommunicationContinuum, Studies in Documentary Film, Rundfunk und Geschichte, Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis (Journal of Media History) and VIEW. In 2016-2017, I worked as a Researcher in Residence (Fellowship) at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, researching audio-visual representations of historical events in the context of DIVE+ and CLARIAH. As Vice-Chair of the Dr. Catherine van Tussenbroek Fund I also support female research talent in Dutch academia. You can find out more about my research, presentations and teaching activities on this page. Feel free to contact me (b.hagedoorn@rug.nl) for any queries.


Participate in a short survey about @Europeana1914 for my research project

Please take part in a short questionnaire about @Europeana1914 ! It’s part of my research project on creative reuse of digital (AV) heritage. It will take no more than 5-10 minutes and is completely anonymous, you can find the survey also here.

This survey is part of a research project by Berber Hagedoorn, who works as an Assistant Professor Media Studies at the University of Groningen, and awarded a Europeana Research Grant. For more about Hagedoorn’s research project see:


My new CST online blog: “Vloggers on the dancefloor: Television Culture’s Online Remix and Collage”

You can read my new Critical Studies in Television online academic blog here! It’s on novel aspects of television as a convergent and participatory media culture, and the case of online remix of vlogs and tv entertainment like Strictly Come Dancing:


Meet the winners of the Europeana Research Grants 2018

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From left to right: Professor Lorna Hughes, Chair of the Europeana Research Advisory Board; Dr Elizabeth Benjamin, Dr Saverio Vita, Dr Berber Hagedoorn. Brussels, 28 November 2018. – Europeana Foundation

From the Europeana Research website: “[28 November], at the House of European History in Brussels we were thrilled to have Professor Lorna Hughes, Chair of the Europeana Research Advisory Board, present the recipients of the 2018 Europeana Research Grants with their awards. (…) For this year’s Research Grants Programme, Europeana’s third annual call, we invited early-career scholars to apply with project proposals connected to the theme of The First World War. We received high-quality responses from all over Europe and are delighted to announce the winners: Dr Berber Hagedoorn, Dr Saverio Vita and Dr Elizabeth Benjamin.” To find out about the projects and to hear what a Europeana grant might mean for early-career scholars interested in the digital humanities, see the blog on the Europeana Research website.

Europeana Research Grant awarded to Berber Hagedoorn

Berber Hagedoorn, Assistant Professor Media Studies at the University of Groningen Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, received the Europeana Research Grant award for her project ‘Europeana 1914-1918: AV Storytelling Data in a European Comparative Perspective’.

Hagedoorn’s research project helps to build expertise about the socio-technical practices of media creators and users (including researchers) in relation to creative storytelling practices, search and research on the Europeana platform and the 1914-1918 Thematic Collection – generating knowledge, skills and tools for data science and qualitative analysis around audiovisual (linked open) data, and the translation of interaction on a platform into data. Such data analysis helps to understand motivations for online platform use in today’s attention economy, and how media professionals share and contextualize content for creative storytelling practices and successful user engagement.

Europeana is the EU digital platform for cultural heritage. Their Research Grants Programme is intended for early career scholars of all nationalities and in any field of the humanities. Award winners must have a particular interest in cultural heritage, a transnational research scope and use digital tools and digital humanities methods to address their specific research topic. The 1914-1918 Thematic Collection hosts 400,000 items aggregated from Europeana partner libraries, archives and museums, including over 600 hours of video, alongside 200,000 items of content contributed by individuals both online and during the 200+ collection days. Community collection days, organised by Europeana and other institutions throughout Europe, invited people to share their stories and objects from the First World War, which were then digitised by professional archivists.

The Research Grants Programme manages the total amount of 25,000 Euros per year. It funds up to three projects of 8,000 Euros per project. The projects’ outcomes are published under open licences.

New article published in Acta Universitatis Sapientiae on Histories, Identities, Media

Vol. 14 of the scientific journal Acta Universitatis Sapientiae Film and Media Studies has been published with an issue on Histories, Identities, Media. You can find my contribution ‘Collective Cultural Memory as a TV Guide: “Living” History and Nostalgia on the Digital Television Platform’ here. In this article, I reflect on how modern audiences engage with representations of the past in a particular way via the medium of television, negotiating a shared understanding of the past. This is evidenced by the increasing popularity of reboots, newly developed history and documentary programming, re-use of archival footage and nostalgia content. This article takes a closer look at television’s abilities to circulate and contextualize the past in the current era of convergence through narrowcasting or niche programming on digital television platforms, specifically via nostalgia programming. Such platforms exemplify the multifaceted way of looking at and gaining access to television programming through a variety of connected platforms and screens in the current multi-platform era. Since the way in which television professionals (producers, schedulers, commissioners, researchers) act as moderators in this process needs to be further analysed, the article places an emphasis on how meaningful connections via previously broadcast history and nostalgia programming are also curated, principally through scheduling and production practices for niche programming – key elements in television’s creative process that have received less academic attention. Continue reading

Invited talk DH Clinics on Working with audiovisual sources

DH ClinicsI was invited to give a talk/lecture on Working with audiovisual sources [‘Werken met audiovisuele bronnen’] as part of the DH Clinics programmeDag 5: Werken met audiovisueel materiaal en geografische informatie, organized by Lotte Wilms (KB), Ben Companjen (Centre for Digital Scholarship, UBL) and Michiel Cock (UBVU). In my talk I focused on methods for working with and analysing audiovisual sources, and which types of audiovisual sources are available for research. I reflected on my work with audiovisual platforms such as EUScreen. I also discussed workflows of scholars in Media Studies and tool and source criticism in relation to doing research with different AV sources.

For my PPT presentation slides of my lecture [in Dutch] click here. See also a report on the day by Hugo Huurdeman here.

Workshop Digital Humanities Days 2017

I am looking forward to be conducting a workshop together with dr. Sabrina Sauer at the Digital Humanities Days 2017 at the University of Groningen. Our workshop on ‘Digital exploratory search: Discover new research questions and create narratives with audiovisual sources’ invites humanities researchers who want to use audiovisual sources in their research, are curious about how exploratory search tools can aid their research process, and want to know more about narrative creation about historical media events, using both English and Dutch audiovisual sources. How do searching for audiovisual sources and storytelling interrelate? This is one of the questions that drives the researchers of DIVE+. DIVE+ is an open linked exploratory search browser that facilitates the exploration of diverse archival and museum collections, and allows researchers to investigate how different media objects, events, people and concepts can be compared, connected, and contextualized. But how do humanities researchers create narratives, and develop research questions when they use the possibilities offered by linked data? Based on previous research into the search and storytelling practices of media professionals who use digital audio-visual archives, this workshop’s starting point is the notion that searching for audio-visual material (the search technologies used) changes the stories one can tell.