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Dr Rik Adriaans
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  • Lecturer in Media Anthropology
  • Dept of Anthropology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Research Summary
I studied Anthropology for both my undergrads and masters at the University of Amsterdam and obtained my PhD at the Central European University in Budapest in September 2018. 

Broadly speaking, I am interested in questions of media and mediation, music and post-socialism with a regional focus on Armenia and the global Armenian diaspora. My doctoral thesis was a multi-sited ethnography of the media circuits connecting the Armenian diaspora of Los Angeles to post-Soviet transition focusing on the politics of recognition and redistribution. I have also been engaged in the study of folk dance performances in protests and post-socialist debates on music and taste in Armenia.

More recently, I began conducting a research project titled Patching Publics: A Digital Ethnography of Eurorack Modular Synthesis which is a study of the production and circulation of boutique synthesizer modules. This project looks at the dematerialisation and rematerialisation of music hardware in a post-digital era in which the analog and the digital are increasingly interwoven. 

With Annastiina Kallius (University of Helsinki) I have conducted a study of Hungarian liberalism through the lens of the internet memes that parody the country's illiberal regime. We recently published our findings in the article 'The Meme Radar: Locating Liberalism in Illiberal Hungary' which came out in Cultural Anthropology in November 2022 and can be read here.  

Teaching Summary
I have convened and taught a number of modules in UCL's Anthropology department for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including the Anthropology of Social Media, Being Human, Individual Studies and Digital Anthropology Practical. 

Since my appointment as a Lecturer in Media Anthropology in 2021, I am primarily teaching on the new interdisciplinary Media BA hosted by the Culture, Communication and Media department of UCL's Institute of Education. Currently I teach two modules on this program: CCME0143 Digital Cultures and Society (Year 1) and ANTH0168 Digital Practices in Society (Year 2 Media and Year 3 Anthropology). 

During my PhD I held a position as a visiting lecturer at the Sociology department of Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Before coming to UCL in 2018 I've also taught briefly at the International Business School and the ELTE Eötvös József Collegium in Budapest.

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