PhD defense: A History of the Representation of Muslims on Dutch Television

Cover Andrea PhDWe have an upcoming PhD defense, to be held 17 October, 11:00 hrs at the Aula of the University of Amsterdam. Andrea Meuzelaar will defend her PhD-dissertation, titled Seeing through the Archival Prism. A History of the Representation of Muslims on Dutch Television.

Since 9/11 and the murder of Theo van Gogh, Islam took centre-stage in the Dutch public debates and the media. Television coverage of Islam and Muslims has often presented particular stereotypes of the Dutch Muslim community, and has depicted Islam as monolithic and homogenous. This study offers an historical perspective of these recent developments and explores the history of Dutch television coverage of Muslims, from the arrival of the first Islamic guest workers in the sixties until the recent era of the 2000’s, in which Islam became such a salient and contested issue. By turning the spotlight on the historical dimensions of Dutch television coverage of Muslims and Islam, this study deepens the understanding of the emergence, the transformation, and the resilience of stereotypical stories and images of Muslims and Islam on Dutch television.