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ERMeCHS (Erasmus Research institute for Media, Culture, History & Society) is the research institute of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. ERMeCHS was established in 2023 to unite the research of the Erasmus Research Centre in Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) and History@ Erasmus into one faculty-wide, collaborative research environment.  Researchers at ERMeCHS are dedicated to carrying out interdisciplinary research on media, communication, culture, history, arts, and society.


Our mission is to establish ourselves as a distinguished research institute, focusing on the intricate and multifaceted connections between media, communication, culture, history, arts, and society.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, empirical, and theory-driven, situated at the crossroads of the Social Sciences and Humanities. We aspire to attract and nurture a diverse, international faculty and student body. With our research, we aim to contribute to key scientific debates and address major societal challenges at the local, national, and international level. We seek to generate impact for a variety of stakeholders around the world and pursue strong connections between our research and teaching activities.

Our objectives:

1. To lead a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research agenda that contributes to history, arts and culture studies, and media and communication studies, as well as to the EUR strategic goals.

2. To contribute to the solution of (new) global societal challenges and to advance research collaborations with academic and societal partners around the world.

3. To play an active role in the democratization and dissemination of scientific knowledge through research transparency, stakeholder involvement, social engagement, and public debate.

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Our research vision

ERMeCHS engages in high-quality fundamental research with the aim to explain and solve complex societal challenges. Through our active research clusters, ERMeCHS facilitates and stimulates a collaborative and inspiring research environment. We aim to become one of the leading research institutes on the crossroads of the Social Sciences and Humanities, focusing on five strategic research areas to which our expertise and knowledge are of high value:
Globalization of Culture and Society, Mediatization and Digitalization, Innovation in Cultural and Creative Industries, Sustainability in Culture and Societies, and Diversity and Inclusion.

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Research Strategy

Download the ESHCC Research Strategy 2021-2024 below:

ERMeCHS Management

ERMeCHS is governed by the Research Management Board (RMB). The Vice Dean of Research serves as both a member and the Chair of this board. Additionally, the RMB consists of the Research Programme Directors, three researchers from the faculty who hold positions at assistant or associate professor levels and one PhD candidate. Everyday management is the responsibility of the Vice Dean of Research and the Senior Research Policy Officer. Support is offered by the Research Office.

ERMeCHS Research Seminar

The purpose of the ERMeCHS seminar series is for researchers to showcase their work to their peers in a constructive and supportive environment. Researchers are free to present based on published works, but also early drafts and works in progress. These seminars are an excellent opportunity to solicit feedback and generate discussion. ERMeCHS researchers may also wish to invite outside scholars - including collaborators and co-authors - to present their work. These seminars are typically hybrid events, meaning that both presenters and audiences can join remotely. There is also the possibility to invite other researchers at EUR, as well as other audiences.

ERMeCHS Visiting Professors

Starting in 2022, ERMeCHS introduced an annual Visiting Professor Program, where an accomplished researcher joins us to contribute to our research themes. The ERMeCHS Visiting Professor collaborates on research projects with one or more faculty researchers for a maximum period of three months. Additionally, the Visiting Professor actively participates in faculty-wide research events, including workshops with staff and students, engages in discussions with the ERMeCHS PhD club, and delivers public lectures.

First ERMeCHS Visiting Professor

Prof. dr. Nete Norgaard Kristensen, professor at the Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

"In the academic year 2022-2023, I had the great privilege of being an ERMeCHS visiting professor. This opportunity not only further strengthened my existing collaborations with the school’s very talented scholars in media, culture, and society. The vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment of the school also stimulated new ideas and connections, and I foresee many opportunities for future collaborations between ERMeCHS and my department, Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen."

Second ERMeCHS Visiting Professor

Prof. dr. Pierre-Yves Donzé, professor of Business History at the Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University (Japan).

"My stay at ERMeCHS was an excellent opportunity to develop my research on the global business history of fashion. The interdisciplinary approach promoted by this institute encourages exchanges between history and the social sciences, thereby challenging and renewing the way historians work. I look forward to continuing the relationships established in Rotterdam in the years to come."

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