This MA distinguishes itself from other MA programmes in the Netherlands by its intense collaboration with the MA programmes in Media Studies and the Research Master's specialisation in Art History.
This joint teaching programme gives you the opportunity to acquire a valuable range of skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical. Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature.
Photography, film and the so-called new media are well-known paradigms of media, but painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, etc. are also viewed as specific media. All these contribute to the formation of cultures. These formations in and by media change through history, and are therefore studied in this programme in a historical perspective. Media are seen as the building blocks of culture because it is in and through media that cultures are shaped. The programme pays close attention the content of what is being shaped by media (human subjectivity and behaviour, rituals, politics, et cetera). Paying close attention should be taken literally: the Leiden research master's considers cultural artefacts as objects for close reading, that should be understood with as much sensitivity as possible.
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