Interview met Liza Voetman

Liza Voetman - student AMS 2016-2017

Student Liza Voetman

"My choice for this Master's program in particular is because of its wide focus on art, media and literature in our contemporary society. This master offers plenty of space for personal preferences. Within the framework of the courses you can personalize your final assignments (papers, essays and academic articles) by choosing your own case studies, related to the adduced theories."


What Bachelor's program did you finish before starting with Art, Media and Society?

Before I started this Master's program I studied Fine Arts at the art academy (HBO) AKV St. Joost located in Breda.

Why did you choose to study Art, Media and Society?

At St. Joost the creative process was central. I learned how to maintain my own professional field as an artist. The style of education was, therefore, very practical. In the final year at the academy my desire to write and to conduct research prevailed, and I aimed to question the function and role of art in depth and from different approaches. Therefore I decided to continue studying in a more theoretical way.

What was your first impression of Tilburg University and Tilburg as a city?

The campus of Tilburg University brings people from many different departments together at the same time. This produces a special atmosphere. People are able to talk with each other, what otherwise wouldn't happen so fast. In addition, the green environment and the quietness of the campus is very nice. Even when it's busy, it feels calm. I think this defines the city itself in general: it feels like a small village and therefore very 'gezellig' (cosy). Tilburg is a city where you quickly feel yourself at home. Also the various facilities of the campus, such as a brown café and Starbucks, make it enjoyable to walk around.

How are your experiences with the Master's program so far?

In order to continue my development at the university, I first had to follow the premaster's program. The transition from HBO (applied sciences) to WO (an academic study) went well. At first I was afraid of the fact that the program is fully in English, but I quickly got used to it. And everyone helps each other. The style of education is obviously very different, but with some personal discipline and motivation it's achievable and a valuable addition to your HBO diploma.

My choice for this Master's program in particular is because of its wide focus on art, media and literature in our contemporary society. This master offers plenty of space for personal preferences. Within the  framework of the courses you can personalize your final assignments (papers, essays and academic articles) by choosing your own case studies, related to the adduced theories. I prefer the more philosophical lectures, in which we examine different approaches and deal with complex issues: for instance the changing 'public sphere', the positioning of contemporary writers and the application of concepts such as 'authenticity' and 'identity'. 

At the moment I'm halfway the Master's program. The courses are mainly focused on literature and investigate how writers, artists and other public figures deal with contemporary society and it issues, such as digitalization, globalization, mediazation and politics. All courses discuss some of these examples from a different approach.

The course 'Self fashioning, Life Writing, Biography' deals with different strategies of self-fashioning, with fiction and non fiction and with public and private spheres. Central is the question how artists and writers construct their identities, and what happens when they make their own life subject of their work. Writing a biography is the main issue in this course.

The course 'Public Intellectuals in a Transforming European Public Sphere', focuses on the role and the present day identity of European writers, and approaches the 'public sphere' as a dynamic, methaporical context. During this course I decided to write my final paper about the Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout and how he deals with various exhibition spaces. This personal completion is allowed.

Because our class is small - only 15 students - the lectures are interactive and there is always space for your personal input or questions. This makes the Master's program personal, but also quite intense. You can't fall asleep in the classroom without remark.

What are your aspirations for the future?

By studying Art, Media and Society I hope to increase my job prospects in the editorial world or in the publishing industry.

Do you have any tips for new students?

If you are considering starting a Culture Studies Master's track at Tilburg University, first have a look at diggitmagazine.com. Diggit magazine is the news and information platform of Culture Studies at Tilburg University and it provides information about a wide scope of topics related to our current time. Texts written by both students and teachers are published on this platform. The platform offers students a good way to expose themselves in the digitalised world.

In addition, I advise you to attend a lecture. This way you can experience the style of the education, and you will get a sense of the context in general.


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