Berber Hagedoorn at the symposium Photography Research in the Digital Age in Paradiso, Amsterdam and the Final EUscreenXL conference in Warsaw | Photographs by Sebastiaan ter Burg

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Berber Hagedoorn ( is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Groningen Research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. She is specialised 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 in relation to television, film and digital media. Hagedoorn is the Vice-Chair of the ECREA Television Studies section (, and organizes cooperation for European research and education into both television’s history and it’s multiple futures as a multi-platform storytelling practice. Her Digital Humanities experience in (inter-)national projects on digitalized audio-visual heritage and cultural memory includes from 2009 to 2015 the European Best Practice Networks VideoActive and EUscreen (funded within the eContentplus programme of the European Commission and Pan-European aggregator of audio-visual heritage for Europeana), promoting the use of television content to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history and presenting a vast collection of television programmes and stills from audio-visual archives across Europe ( She has organised and participated in numerous (inter-)national academic and professional research collaborations focusing on creating online access to and contextualizing audio-visual and cross-media representations of the past, particularly for European television heritage. In 2016-2017, she worked as a Researcher in Residence (Research Fellowship) at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, studying audio-visual representations of historical news events in the context of DIVE+ and CLARIAH, which builds an innovative approach for the exploration of digital heritage via linked online collections (

Her dissertation project Doing History, Creating Memory: Representing the Past in Documentary and Archive-Based Television Programmes within a Multi-Platform Landscape explored how television’s convergence with new media technologies has affected its role as a mediator of the past, analysing how contemporary representations of history and media professionals’ ‘poetics’ of doing history in archive-based and documentary programming contributed to the construction of cultural memory from 2000 onwards, when television professionals in the Netherlands seized the opportunity to experiment with storytelling practices made possible by the increased digitisation of archival collections and the presence of online and digital platforms.

Hagedoorn pursued her academic education in Language and Culture Studies (BA) and Media Studies (Research MA/MPhil) at Utrecht University and was a visiting graduate student in Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Besides her work for ECREA, she is a member of the European Television History Network (ETHN), Vereniging Geschiedenis, Beeld en Geluid (Association of History, Image and Sound) and Utrecht University’s Centre for Television in Transition. She has over the years brought researchers and students together to study media in transition in European contexts, including as programme director and Utrecht coordinator of the Utrecht University/City University London Global Citizenship Summer School between 2010-2012 and the EU/Australia Global Citizenship Exchange Programme ‘Global Citizenship in a European Context’ at Utrecht University (a Winter School programme in collaboration with Roma Tre University, Malmö University, Cyprus University, Macquarie University, Flinders University and La Trobe University), and as supervisor of researchers and students in the Netherlands and abroad.

Hagedoorn has published in amongst others Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Studies in Documentary Film, Rundfunk und Geschichte, Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis (Journal of Media History) and is the guest editor together with Jérôme Bourdon of a special journal issue on European Television Memories in VIEW ( She is also the Vice-Chair and First Secretary of the Dr. Catherine van Tussenbroek Fund, supporting female research talent in Dutch academia by awarding travel grants for research abroad.