Symposium MediaWar

  • Date: 26 April 15:00 - 18:00
  • Location: Beeld & Geluid Den Haag

This symposium is about that question. The meeting highlights the results of the project MediaOorlog: radio, written press and propaganda during World War II in the Netherlands. This will be followed by the opening of the accompanying temporary exhibition.

In recent years, a team of historians has been researching digitized sources from the occupation period in the online research environment CLARIAH Media Suite. The findings of the historical research have been published in a theme issue of the Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis. The project is also resulting in a temporary exhibition at Beeld & Geluid in The Hague (Media als Wapen, from April 26) where visitors are invited to reflect on the use of media for propaganda purposes in World War II and today.

After an overview of the project outcomes, there will be two speakers, linking past and present propaganda. First, Anya Luscombe presents her research on war reporting during World War II. Then journalist Hella Rottenberg interprets the role of media in the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. These lectures will be followed by the opening of the exhibition Media as a Weapon. There, attendees can further explore how knowledge about the past contributes to media literacy today.

The Media War project was funded by the Mondriaan Fund as part of the 75 Years of Freedom program and is being conducted at the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision.


Speaker: Vincent Kuitenbrouwer
Speaker: Anya Luscombe
Speaker: Hella Rottenberg
Opening and visit exhibition Media as a Weapon


Anya Luscombe
is a former BBC journalist. She is an associate professor of media at University College Roosevelt of Utrecht University. She was one of the research fellows for the Media War project.

Hella Rottenberg
is a Slavist and journalist. She is one of the founders of the knowledge platform Window on Russia. In November she published Z. How Putin Wanted to Make Russia Great Again, a book about the Russian invasion that received four stars in NRC and de Volkskrant.

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer
is a University Lecturer in the History program at the University of Amsterdam. Between November 2020 and August 2023 he is also working at the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision as coordinator of the project MediaOorlog: Radio, written press and propaganda during World War II in occupied Netherlands.


The symposium is free to attend after registering. Register via the link.

Beeld & Geluid Den Haag

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2518 AD Den Haag

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