NEW BOOK OUT: "After The Break: Television Theory Today", co-edited with Marijke De Valck, is available from AUP, both in hard copy as through open access. With contributions by Mimi White, Joke Hermes, José Van Dijck, William Uricchio, Markus Stauff, Judith Keilbach, Mark Hayward, Margot Bouman, Alexander Dhoest, Herbert Schwaab, Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano, and yours truly.
I studied mediastudies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where I graduated in 1997. At the same university I then started a PhD project on two Belgian dating shows, Blind Date and Streetmate. Combining Foucaultian analytics of power and Actor-Network Theory, I studied how participants in dating shows (and in television at large) are managed by the production team. Having finished the PhD in 2004, I then joined the Mediastudies Department at Amsterdam University, where I have been teaching mainly television-related courses.
Having first been drawn to non-Marxist approaches to media (Foucault and Latour), in recent years I am trying to complement this with Marxist approaches to media (political economy, Italian autonomism). I am especially interested in the dramatic changes taking place in the mediaindustry, not only in economic terms but also in the effects this has for the culture at large.
De Valck, M. en Teurlings, J. (eds.)(2013). After The Break: Television Theory Today. Amsterdam, AUP.
Teurlings, J. (2010) “Media Literacy and the Challenges of Contemporary Media Culture: On Savvy Viewers and Critical Apathy”, European Journal of Cultural Studies vol. 13 (3), pp. 359-373.
Teurlings, J. (2001) "Producing the Ordinary: institutions, discourses and practices in love game shows", in Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 15 (2), pp. 249-263.