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dhr. dr. T. (Thomas) Poell


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
  • Bezoekadres
    BG 1
    Turfdraagsterpad 9  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 2.16
  • Postadres:
    Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
  • t.poell@uva.nl
    T: 0205252915

Introduction    

Thomas Poell is Assistant Professor of New Media & Digital Culture and Program Director of the Research Master Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research is focused on social media and the transformation of public communication around the globe. He has published on social media and popular protest in Canada, Egypt, Tunisia, India, and China, as well as on the role of these media in the development of new forms of journalism. Together with professor José van Dijck, Poell leads the KNAW-‘Over Grenzen’ research program on Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space. He is one of the programme leaders of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, and part of the core team Audiovisual Data and Media Studies of the national infrastructural project CLARIAH (NWO). He sits on the editorial board of Social Media & Society and of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. During the Spring semester of 2015, Poell was Research Associate at UC Santa Cruz, and visiting lecturer at the University of Helsinki. In early 2016, he gave a series of mini-lectures (in Dutch) for the Universiteit van Nederland.  

Publications 

Refereed Journals

Book Chapters

Edited journals (special issues)  

PhD Thesis

Book Reviews

  • Poell, T. 2015. Hoorn des overvloeds. Book review of J. van Eijnatten, Van dorpsplein tot cyberspace. Een cultuurgeschiedenis van de communicatie. Amsterdam: Prometheus Bert Bakker, 2014. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 128.2: 303-305. 
  • Poell, T. 2012.  Sociale media als platformen van politiek en cultureel burgerschap. Book review of C. Aalberts & M. Kreijveld, Veel gekwetter, weinig wol. Den Haag:Sdu uitgevers, 2011. Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei. Onderzoek Uitgelicht 1.1: 24-27. 
  • Poell, T. 2009. Book review of P. van Wissing(ed.), Stookschriften. Pers en politiek tussen 1780 en 1800. Nijmegen: Uitgeverij Vantilt, 2008. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 122: 110-111.
  • Poell,T. 2008. Book review of L. Hunt, Inventing Human Rights. A History. New York:W.W. Norton & Company, 2007. Krisis 3: 43-46.
  • Poell, T. 2008. Book Review of S. Bloemgarten, Hartog de Hartog Lémon, 1755-1823. Joodse revolutionair in Franse Tijd. Amsterdam: Aksant, 2007. Tijdschrift voor  Geschiedenis  121: 112-113.
  • Poell,T. 2001. Book Review of W. Reinhard, Geschichte der Staatsgewalt: Ein vergleichende Verfassungsgeschichte Europas von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart, München: Beck, 1999. Tijdschrift voor Sociale Geschiedenis 27 (2): 241-44.
  • Poell, T. 2001. Book Review of J. Leerssen, Nationaal denken in Europa. Een cultuur-historische schets, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2000. Tijdschrift voorSociale Geschiedenis 27 (2): 237-38.
  • Poell, T. 2001. Book Review of P. Pastureen and J. Verberckmoes (eds.) Working-Class Internationalism and the Appeal of National Identity. Historical Debates and Current Perspectives on Western Europe, Oxford: Berg, 1998. Tijdschrift voor Sociale Geschiedenis 27 (2): 236-37.

Other Writing

  • Van Dijck, J. & Poell, T. (2013). Reguleer het sociale verkeer! NRC Next 8 August. Print. 
  • Van Dijck, J. & Poell, T. (2013). Begin eens met de wet handhaven op dat ‘vrije’ internet. NRC Handelsblad 12 August. Print. 
  • Waal, M. de, Leurdijk, A., Nordeman, L. & Poell, T. 2012. Mapping Digital Media: Netherlands. A Report of the Open Society Foundations. Research Report. New York: Open Society Foundations. 
  • Poell, T. Grenzeloze wetenschappen. De Nieuwsbrief Geesteswetenschappen 143 (November 2011): 12. Print.
  • Poell, T. Online public debate in theory and practice." Routledge Website. Routledge, 2009. Web. 21 December 2009. 
  • Poell, T. (2008) De democratische paradox. Openbaar Bestuur, Tijdschrift voor beleid, organisatie & politiek 18 (5): 34-40.

Interviews        

Events

Organization 

Invited Talks & Keynotes

  • "The Platformization of Activism." Public lecture for the Democracy and Citizenship in Digital Society initiative (DECIDIS), IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 13 May 2016. 
  • "Social Media and the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions." Invited talk in the WHAT's NEW?! Spring Lecture Series of LUCIS, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands, 14 January, 2016.
  • "Scraping, Analyzing and Curating Facebook Pages." Invited talk at the Digital Horizons, Virtual Selves: Rethinking Cultural Heritage in the Museum Conference, Research Center for Material Culture of the Tropenmuseum, Afrika Museum and Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands, 21-22 January, 2016. 
  • "Wanneer doet de jeugd van tegenwoordig mee aan een protest." Five mini-lectures for the Universiteit van Nederland, Amsterdam, Nederlands, 11-15 January, 2016.
  • "Social Media Activism & State Surveillance." Invited talk for the Authoritarianism in a Global Age ERC-funded research project, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4 November 2015. 
  • "Protest Leadership in the Age of Social Media." Invited talk at the Corporeality in Arab Public Culture workshop, NIAS-PARGC, Wassenaar, Netherlands, 20 October, 2015, 
  • "Global Cultures of Contestation." Opening Address at the  Global Cultures of Contestation Conference, Amsterdam Center for Globalisation Studies (ACGS), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15-16 October 2015.
  • "Social Media Mechanisms", Visual & Media Cultures Colloquium at UCSC. Santa Cruz, US, 15 April, 2015.
  • “Questioning social media data: Chinese and Tunisian online contention.” Invited talk at the workshop ‘In Search of Cosmopolitan Data and Research Methods’ of Ulrich Beck’s ERC-project on ‘Methodological Cosmopolitanism’, Paris, France, 8-9 December 2014.
  • "Sociale Media en de Transformatie van de Publieke Ruimte." Keynote lecture at the ‘Gebruikers aan de macht? Sociale media studiedag’, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Brussel, Belgium, 20 November 2014. 
  • Is Social the New Public?” Keynote lecture at the international conference on Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space, KNAW. With José van Dijck. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 18-20 June 2014.
  • "The Transformation of Public Space." Invited talk at the Power Diffusion in the Public Sphere workshop, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 15 May 2014.
  • "Media in Transition." Invited talk at the RMeS Summer School 2012. University of Groningen, Netherlands, 25-29 June 2012. 
  • "Twitter als begrensde en onbegrensde ruimte." Presentation at Grenzeloze Geesteswetenschappen - The opening ceremony of the academic year of the Faculty of the Humanities. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8 September 2011. 

Papers & Presentations 

  • "Communication and Media Studies Perspective on Social media and shifting borders of public, private and corporate space",  2015 Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC), with J. Pierson. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 23-26 October 2015.
  • "Protest Leadership in the Age of Social Media", Political Agency in the Digital Age Conference, Communication and Democracy section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Copenhagen, Denmark, 9-10 October 2015. 
  • " Facebook in the Midst of Revolution", International conference on Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 18-20 June 2014.
  • "Social media and journalistic independence." Journalism in Transition: Crisis or Opportunity? Journalism Studies Section Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). With José van Dijck. Thessaloniki, Greece, 27-29 March 2014.
  • " The Personalization of Activism."Paper presented at the 8th Media in Transition conference (MiT8) on Public Media, Private Media, MIT, Boston, US, 3-5 May 2013. 
  • " Reconfiguring Social Media Activism." Paper presented at the 8th Media in Transition conference (MiT8) on Public Media, Private Media, MIT, Boston, US, 3-5 May 2013.  
  • " Activist Social Media Communication." Paper presented at the workshop on Collective Action Online: Theories and Methods of the 41st ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz 11 - 16 March 2013.
  • " Social Media Activism." Paper presented at the Social Media Activism in the Arab World and China Conference of the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies (ACGS), Amsterdam, 21 January 2013. 
  • with J. de Kloet & Zeng, G. " Will the Real Weibo Please Stand Up? Chinese Online Contention and Actor-Network Theory." Paper presented at the Social Media Activism in the Arab World and China Conference of the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies (ACGS), Amsterdam, 21 January 2013.  
  • with  J. de Kloet & Zeng, G. "Microblogging and activism: comparing Sina Weibo and Twitter."Paper presented at the 4th European Communication Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Istanbul, Turkey, 24-27 October 2012.
  • "A Critique of Social Media Activism: From Tools to Assemblages." Paper presented at the The Fourth ICTs and Society-Conference: Critique, Democracy, and Philosophy in 21st Century Information Society. Towards Critical Theories of Social Media. Uppsala University, Sweden, 2-4 May 2012. 
  • with J. de Kloet. "Online Activism and ChineseVoices of Discontent." Paper presented at the Digital East Asia Conference of the Modern East Asia Research Centre. Leiden University, Netherlands, 10 December 2011. 
  • with A. Helmond, R. Rustema, and E. Weltevrede. "From Virtual Communities to Social Networks." Presentation at the1991@2011_Media_in_Motion Symposium of the Departement of Media Studies  of the Faculty of the Humanities. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21 October 2011.  
  • "Twitter and the Tunisian Revolution." Presentation at the second summit of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).  Faculty of the Humanities, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 28 September 2011. 
  • with E. Borra. "The Social Media Protest Environment". Paper presented at MIT7: Unstable Platforms Conference. Boston, US, 14 May 2011.
  • "Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr as Platforms of Alternative Journalism". The Social Media Account of the 2010 Toronto G20 Protests. Paper presented a Digital Methods Winter Conference. Amsterdam, 25 January 2011.
  • with E. Borra "TheSocial Media Protest Environment:Constructing the Collective Now." Paper presented at Platform Politics - A Multidisciplinary Conference. Cambridge, Great Britain, 13 May 2011.
  • "Digital Activism in an Authoritarian Context." Presentation at the Theory and Practice of Development Dilemmas Hivos Knowledge Programme Dialogue, The Hague, 29 September - 1 October 2010.
  • "Colliding Media Spheres: the Interaction between On- and Offline. Media in Contentious Politics." Presentation at the Balans van de Journalistiek Jubileum Conferentie of the MA Journalistiek, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4 June 2010.
  • "Drawing mass media attention: television and newspaper reporting on radical left-wing activist performances and spectacles in the Netherlands (2004-2009)" Paper presented at the Media, Communication and the Spectacle Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Rotterdam, Netherlands, 26-27 November, 2009.
  • "Activist Media and the Mainstream Press in Daily Practice: Covering Protests in the Netherlands (2004-2009)."Paper presented at the Future of Journalism Conference of the The Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff,Groot-Brittannië, 9-10 september, 2009.
  • "The Mass Media in Multi cultural Conflict." Paper presented at the 2nd European Communication Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Barcelona, Spain, 25-28 November 2008.
  • "Mediated Citizenship in Multicultural Conflict. An Analysis of the Role of the Media in the Public Debate Following the Assassination of Theo van Gogh." Paper presented at the 4th Annual Conference 2008: Culture and Citizenship of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), Oxford, Great Britain, 3-5 September 2008. 
  • "The Unification of the Dutch State, 1795- 1813."  Paper presented in the Contentious Politics workshop of Columbia University, New York, United States, 31 January 2005. 
  • "Local Particularism Challenged (1795-1813)." Paper presented at the 1st Dutch-Flemish conference on the Economic History of the Low Countries before 1850 of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, Antwerp, Belgium, 18-19 November 2004.
  • "Liberal Democracy versus Late Medieval Constitutionalism: Struggles over Representation in the Dutch Republic (1780-1800)."Paper presented in the The Formation of Representative Democracy workshop of The Politics and History of European Democratization Network van de European ScienceFoundation (ESF), University of Malaga, Spain, 10-11 October 2003.
  • "The Unification of the Dutch State, 1795-1813."Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Urban History of the European Association of Urban Historians inEdinburgh,Great Britain,5-7 September 2002.
  • "The Amsterdam elite and the formation of the Dutch state (1780-1813)." Paper presented in the Advanced Seminar on Urban History van de European graduate School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER), University of Athens, Greece, 18-22 February 2002.
  • "The Role of Amsterdam Elite in theTransition of the Republic to the Dutch National State."Paper presented at Fifth International Conference on Urban History of the European Association of Urban Historians, Berlin, Germany, 31 Augustus-2 September 2000.

Editorial board of

  • Social Media & Society 
  • Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Reviewed on behalf of

  • New Media & Society
  • Information, Communication & Society
  • Theory, Culture & Society
  • Convergence
  • International Sociology 
  • Digital Journalism 
  • Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media   
  • Krisis. Tijdschrift voor actuele filosofie.   

Positions

  •  Aug. 2009 -  Assistant professor of New Media and Digital Culture (1,0 fte) University of Amsterdam, Faculty of the Humanities, Department of Media Studies
  • Aug. 2005 - Aug. 2009  Lecturer (0,8 fte) Utrecht University, Faculty of the Humanities,Department of Media and Culture Studies
  • April 2005-Nov. 2005  Lecturer (0,4 fte) Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of History and Arts
  • Feb. 2002 - Aug.2005 Lecturer (0,2 fte) Utrecht University, Faculty of the Humanities, Department of Media and Culture Studies
  • Jan. 2000 - April. 2005  PhD-student (0,8 fte) Utrecht University, Faculty of the Humanities, Department of History. Project: The Democratic Paradox. Dutch Revolutionary Struggles over Democratisation and Centralisation (1780-1813.)
  • Sept.- Nov. 1999   Contract researcher (0,6 fte) International Institute of SocialHistory, Amsterdam Project: Collectie Velle 

Other Professional Positions

  • February 2016 - Program Director of the Research Master Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
  • September 2015 - Project leader of the Audiovisual Data and Media Studies of the national infrastructural project CLARIAH (NWO).
  • April 2012 - 2016 Member of the editorial board of the Illustere School of the  Faculty of the Humanities, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Sept. 2011 - Program leader of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
  • Sept. 2011 - 2014 Member of the board of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
  • Jan. - Sept. 2011  Interim team coordinator of the New Media team, Department of Media Studies, Faculty ofthe Humanities, University of Amsterdam. 
  • Sept. 2010 -  Member of the Opleidingscommissie(OC) ofthe Department of Media Studies, Faculty ofthe Humanities, University of Amsterdam. 

Visiting positions

  • January - June 2015 - Research Associate at UC Santa Cruz.
  • May 2015 - Visiting lecturer at the University of Helsinki.

Training

  •  2010  Participation in the Digital Methods Summer School, Training Certificate Program & Advanced Projects Program, Faculty of theHumanities, University of Amsterdam, 28 June-9 July, 16 - 27 August.
  • 2006-2007  BKO (BasicQualification Education). Faculty of the Humanities, Utrecht University
  • 2002  Writing Scientific Texts in English for Publication. James Boswell Institute
  • 2000-2001  Ph.D. training program of the European graduate School for Training in Economic and Social-Historical Research (ESTER)
  • 1998   Graduated cum laude in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Amsterdam 
  • 1996-'97  Academic year at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University in New York 

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2015

2014

2013

2012

2009

  • T. Poell (2009). De patriotse pers [Review of the book Stookschriften: pers en politiek tussen 1780 en 1800]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 122(1), 110-111.
  • T. Poell (2009). Local particularism challenged, 1795-1813. In O. Gelderblom (Ed.), The political economy of the Dutch Republic (pp. 291-320). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • T. Poell (2009). Conceptualizing forums and blogs as public spheres. In M. van den Boomen, S. Lammes, A.-S. Lehmann, J. Raessens & M.T. Schäfer (Eds.), Digital material: tracing new media in everyday life and technology (MediaMatters) (pp. 239-251). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.[go to publisher's site]

2012

2011

2010

  • T. Poell (2010). The French occupation and the transformation of the Dutch public sphere (1795-1813). In C. Nubola & A. Würgler (Eds.), Ballare col nemico? Reazioni all'espansione francese in Europa tra entusiasmo e resistenza (1792-1815) = Mit dem Feind tanzen? Reaktionen auf die französische Expansion in Europa zwischen Begeisterung und Protest (1792-1815): atti di due convegni tenuti a Trento dal 24 al 25 gennaio 2008 e a Lyon dal 27 al 30 agosto 2008 (pp. 283-306). Bologna: Il Mulino [etc.].

2009

  • T. Poell (2009). Online public debate in theory and practice. In M. Lister, J. Dovey, S. Giddings, I. Grant & K. Kelly (Eds.), New media: a critical introduction. - 2nd ed. - New case studies [online]. London [etc.]: Routledge.

2012

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