IIAS/SSRC Winter School

Six days of interactive Winter School training


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For whom

The Winter School on Media Activism and Postcolonial Futures is intended to support PhD Students or advanced masters’ students with significant related professional experience (such as experience in the field of journalism). All applicants must be committed to or actively working on original research projects that engage with the Winter School theme.


The application deadline was 13 June 2016. It is no longer possible to submit an application.

Selection procedure

The programme allows a maximum of 20 participants. All who apply by the deadline will be informed about the selection results before 20 August 2016. Please note that we will be unable to provide feedback and comments to those applicants not selected for participation.

Participation requirements

Selected participants agree to attend and participate in all events from 16–21 January 2017, including lectures, fieldtrips, and group presentations. Participants also agree to read pre-circulated background materials as generated by the Conveners (as relevant).

Language requirements

A working language of English is required and presentations will be in English. No translation/interpretation services will be available at the conference.

Registration fee

Participants must pay the following registration fee: € 250.


Half-board accommodation (breakfast and lunch) for seven nights is included for the selected participants.

Travel costs

Selected participants are expected to fund their own travel expenses. Limited (partial) scholarships are available. For more information, please see Financial Support. We recommend that you try to raise funds to cover your transportation and/or other expenses as early as possible.


After you have received the confirmation of your participation, you will receive further information about the payment of the registration fee (due in mid-October 2016). You can pay with credit card (Master or Visa) or via bank transfer. 

Cancellation policy

Participation in the Winter School can be cancelled free of charge until 60 days before the start. If cancellation occurs within 60 days prior to the start of the programme, the fee will not be refunded.


Participants can receive a certificate for the Winter School.

Who organizes the Winter School?

The 2017 Winter School on Media Activism and Postcolonial Futures is co-organized by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Social Science Research Council’s Transregional Virtual Research Institute (TVRI), “Media, Activism and the New Political.”

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a research and exchange platform based in Leiden, the Netherlands. IIAS encourages the multi‐disciplinary and comparative study of Asia and promotes national and international cooperation, acting as an interface between academic and non‐academic partners, including cultural, social and policy organisations. The main research foci are Asian cities, dynamics of cultural heritage, and the global projection of Asia. These themes are broadly framed so as to maximise interactions and collaborative initiatives. IIAS is also open to new ideas of research and policy‐related projects.

In keeping with the Dutch tradition of transferring goods and ideas, IIAS works both as an academically informed think tank and as a clearinghouse of knowledge. It provides information services, builds networks and sets up cooperative programmes. Among IIAS activities are the organisation of seminars, workshops and conferences, outreach programmes for the general public, the publication of an internationally renowned newsletter, support of academic publication series, and maintaining a comprehensive database of researchers and Asian studies institutions. IIAS hosts the secretariats of the European Alliance for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asian Scholars. In this way, IIAS functions as a window on Europe for non‐European scholars, contributing to the cultural rapprochement between Asia and Europe. See www.iias.asia for more information.

Launched in 2012, the Transregional Virtual Research Institute (TVRI) Media, Activism and the New Political: InterAsian Perspectives, is one of many projects that comprise the Social Science Research Council’s larger InterAsia Program. The TVRI is a collaborative enterprise that brings together faculty from different disciplines, different international campuses, and at different stages of their careers to further research and training on themes addressing the interrelationship of media and politics within and across InterAsia. Events and research projects examine the symbolic dimensions of mediated activism, media as activism, mediated activism and (counter) revolutions, and mediated populism, among other issues.

The TVRI is designed to be catalytic in nature, generating new research questions and collaborations, defining lines of innovative work, and drawing attention to lacunae in the field. As with all InterAsia Program research, emphasis is placed on transnational and transregional dimensions of this work and the reconceptualization of Asia as a spatially and historically networked region and interlinked set of formations stretching from West Asia, through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia.

See www.ssrc.org/programs/interasia-program for more information.

The 2017 winter school will be hosted by The C-Centre, the Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The C-Centre aims to contribute to the communication discipline by conducting frontline research on media in Greater China and comparative communication. It also aspires to be the hub of exchange among communication scholars from around the world.

See http://c-centre.com.cuhk.edu.hk/ for more information.


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