Teaching and Research Staff
Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor of Arts in Society
Associate Professor in Arts Sociology, Dr. Sara Malou Strandvad chairs the section on Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship in the Arts at the program of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen. Before taking up this position in 2017, Strandvad worked as Assistant Professor (2009-2012) and Associate Professor (2012-2017) at Roskilde University at the Department of Communication. Researching career trajectories of up-coming film directors, the development phase in film productions, and assessment procedures at a design school, Strandvad has carried out ethnographic studies of creative work and valuation processes, investigating trajectories of productions, and how aspiring candidates in creative industries seek to enter those industries and how gatekeepers evaluate creative potential.
Assistant Professor Arts Policy and Arts Sociology
Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen , PhD., studied Business Administration and Arts and Arts Policy at the University of Groningen. For several years he worked as an official for cultural policy in the Netherlands at provincial and municipal level and for the Association of Dutch Municipalities. Currently, he teaches art sociology and arts policy at the University of Groningen. He was editor-in-chief of the Dutch Handbook for Cultural Policy and a member of STEP (Project on European Theatre Systems). He initiated the national working group of cultural policy researchers at the Boekman Foundation in Amsterdam. Currently, he researches cultural policies of public authorities in Europe.
Assistant Professor in Cultural Entrepreneurship and Arts Policy
Johan Kolsteeg is an Assistant Professor in Cultural Entrepreneurship and Arts Policy at the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. He studied musicology at Utrecht University and worked in the field of contemporary and classical music as a programmer and author. He worked for the Dutch broadcasting company NCRV as manager classical music radio and television, and was involved in the development of award winning new media concepts. He worked at HKU University of the Arts, school of Arts and Economics, as a senior lecturer and ‘Lector’. His dissertation is about strategy formation in cultural and creative organizations.
Lecturer in Cultural Entrepeneurship
Rudi de Vries works as a lecturer in Cultural Entrepreneurship, and he supervises Bachelor’s and Master’s theses. He also works for the Faculty of Economics and Business, as a lecturer in International Business. His research interests are on the areas of cultural industries, strategic management, and institutional theories. His PhD Dissertation is about coevolutions in the niche of comics publishers.
Assistant Professor in Arts in Society / Empirical Research Methods Humanities
Marline Lisette Wilders is Assistant Professor in Arts in Society and Empirical Research Methods at University College Groningen. She teaches research methods at the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and is involved in the Cultural Leadership Research Master Program. Her research focuses on audience and reception research in the Performing Arts, studying aesthetic experiences in relationship to the experience of space and place. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research awarded her a fellowship for her postdoctoral project From Working Space to Theatre Space: the user perspective , looking into the effects of adaptive reuse of industrial heritage sites for the functioning of the performing arts and built industrial heritage in society. Furthermore, she was a postdoctoral researcher within the project Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME), which was funded under the JPI Cultural Heritage program by the European Community.
Arts, Cognition and Criticism
Professor in Arts Education and Arts Cognition
Barend van Heusden is professor in Arts Education and Arts Cognition. In his research, he examines culture, and the arts in culture, from an evolutionary and cognitive perspective. His focus is on the building blocks of the cultural process, and on cultural change. With his research group, he takes this perspective into the field of cultural education - focusing on the development of metacognition in children and adolescents.
Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Art and Culture
Thijs Lijster is Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Art and Culture in the Department Arts, Culture and Media. He studied philosophy at the University of Groningen and the New School for Social Research in New York. In 2012 he received his PhD in philosophy (cum laude) at the University of Groningen, for a dissertation on Walter Benjamin’s and Theodor W. Adorno’s concepts of art criticism.
Assistant Professor in Arts and Cognition
Alejandra Wah is Assistant Professor in Arts and Cognition and is a member of the research group Arts, Culture, and Cognition. Her research focuses on the evolution and development of reflective imagination; and its role in behavioral adaptation. She earned her Ph.D. from the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). Her dissertation investigated the possible effects of new media on reflective imagination. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Mexican National Fund for the Culture and the Arts (FONCA), the JUMEX Foundation, the Dutch Ministry of Education, the Ubbo Emmius Fund, the Dr. Hendrik Muller's National Foundation, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Theatre and Performance Studies
Lecturer in Theatre Studies
Lucia van Heteren is Lecturer in Theatre Studies and editor for Theatre Topics (Amsterdam University Press). She is a board member in the Dutch section of the International Association for Theatre Critics (KNT/IATC) and board member TM and Theaterkrant.nl. She also contributes to the theatrical community as a committee member for the Theater, Fonds Podiumkunsten and as jury member for various theatre prizes including the VSCD-prizes for best actor and actress (Louis d’Or, Theo d’Or, Prosceniumprijs) and Tf (Theaterfestival).
Assistant Professor in Arts, Culture and Media
Eleftheria Ioannidou is Assistant Professor in the department of Arts, Culture and Media of the University of Groningen . Prior to her current appointment, she was a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK and a Humboldt Fellow at the Freie Universität of Berlin. She studied theatre at the University of Athens (ΒΑ) and Royal Holloway, University London (MRs) and read for a doctorate at the University of Oxford. Eleftheria’s research interests lie in the reception, adaptation, and performance of Greek tragedy in the twentieth century. She has recently published the monograph Greek Fragments in Postmodern Frames: Rewriting Tragedy, 1970-2005 (OUP, 2017). Her ongoing research project investigates performances of Greek tragedy under fascist regimes in Germany, Italy, and Greece during the interwar period.
Assistant Professor in Arts, Culture and Media
Pieter Verstraete holds a PhD degree in the Humanities from the Department of Theater Studies and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis of the University of Amsterdam. His expertises are in Theatre and Performance Studies, Sound and Audio Culture Studies, American/English Culture and Literature, Communication Studies and Film Criticism. His main research interests lie in contemporary (music) theatre, socio-political, activist forms of performance, exile and post-migration. He also works as a freelance theatre critic. Between 2012 and 2014, he received three consecutive fellowships in Turkey to conduct his postdoc research, “Post-Migration in Performance”, mainly focusing on the Turkish and Kurdish diaspora in Europe. He is currently preparing a new research project, under the heading, "European Networks for Performing Artists in Exile and Activism". For this purpose, he was recently awarded a two-year Marie Curie Fellowship to conduct advanced post-doc research in Berlin, Amsterdam and London, under the title "Exiled Lives on the Stage: Turkey's Artists at the Crossroads of New Aesthetic Practices and Political Subjectivities", in collaboration with FU Berlin.
Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media
Associate Professor of Film Studies
Annie van den Oever is Head of the Film Archive and Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Groningen. She is also Professor by special appointment to the chair 'Film and Visual Media' at the University of the Free State, RSA; and Associated Researcher at Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne. She is a founding editor of the European Journal of Media Studies NECSUS and series editor of the international book series The Key Debates. Mutations and Appropriations in European Film Studies. She publishes regularly in the fields of film theory, aesthetics of technology and the grotesque, visual media, and experimental media archaeology, e.g., in Leonardo, Image & Text, View, Necsus, Early Popular Visual Culture, and in themed edited volumes.
Associate Professor in Film Studies
Julian Hanich is Head of the Arts, Culture and Media program and Associate Professor in Film Studies. He is the author of two monographs: The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers: The Aesthetic Paradox of Pleasurable Fear (Routledge, 2010). Articles have appeared in Screen, Cinema Journal, New Literary History, Projections, NECSUS, Movie, Film-Philosophy, Jump Cut, New Review of Film and Television Studies and others. In his research he focuses on cinematic emotions, film-phenomenology, the collective cinema experience, film and imagination, and film style.
Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies
Miklós Kiss is Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies. His research intersects the fields of narrative and cognitive film theories. Published in anthologies and academic journals (Projections, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Scope, Senses of Cinema, Acta, Necsus, New Cinemas), he is an editorial board member of [in]Transition, the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film studies. His recent books are Film Studies in Motion: From Audiovisual Essay to Academic Research Video (co-authored with Thomas van den Berg, Scalar 2016) and Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema (co-authored with Steven Willemsen, Edinburgh UP 2017).
Associate Professor in Film Studies
Annelies van Noortwijk is an Associate Professor in Film Studies at the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. She teaches film theory and documentary film. Her research concentrates on contemporary documentary practice with a specific interest in questions of engagement, resistance and ethics and the penetration of the artistic discourse into non-traditional forms of art. She is currently working on a project on life-representation in contemporary documentary. She has published in editions by Routledge, Palgrave-Macmillan, Columbia University/Wallflower Press, Casa de Velázquez, and Rodopi .
dr. N.W. (Nicholas) Baer
Assistant Professor in Film Studies
Nicholas Baer is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He co-edited the award-winning The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907–1933(University of California Press, 2016) and Unwatchable(Rutgers University Press, 2019). Baer has published on film and media, critical theory, and intellectual history in journals such as Cinéma & Cie, Film Quarterly, Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Seminar, and October, and his writings have been translated into six languages. At present, he is completing a monograph, Historical Turns: Weimar Cinema and the Crisis of Historicism, which places films of the Weimar Republic in conversation with the “crisis of historicism” that was widely diagnosed by German intellectuals in the interwar period.
Music and Performance Studies
Associate Professor in Popular Music
Kristin McGee is Associate Professor in Popular Music in the Arts, Culture and Media Department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. As chair of the music track within the BA and MA programs, she teaches on various subjects including popular music theory, gender and sexuality within popular culture, music and globalization, critical race theory, audiovisual arts cultures, film music, and music event organization. She chaired the board of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux from 2013-2019 and founded the Music Matters colloquium series in 2015. She has written especially on the intersections of jazz and popular music within European and American contexts and in relation to audiovisual media within a variety of articles and books, including her monograph Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television (Wesleyan University Press 2009) and Remixing European Jazz Culture published by Routledge’s Transnational Studies in Jazz Series. In 2021, she co-edited, with Christina Baade, Beyoncé in the World: Making Meaning with Queen Bey in Troubled Times (Wesleyan University Press).
Associate Professor in Classical Music
Jeroen van Gessel is Associate Professor in Classical Music in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. He studied musicology at Utrecht University and organ at the Utrecht Conservatory. He obtained his PhD with a dissertation on the composition contests of the Dutch Society for the Promotion of Music. Recently his study of operatic practice in Strasbourg appeared with Allitera Verlag. Other research interests include the history of Dutch musical life, music and memory culture, and the impact of recording technologies on performance practice and reception.
Assistant Professor in Media Studies and Popular Music
Melanie Schiller is Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Popular Music and teaches courses on contemporary audiovisual arts, mediality, narrativity, and popular music, politics and resistance. Schiller has done extensive research on music and national identity in Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and published widely – amongst others in leading international peer-reviewed journals such as Popular Music and Society and she is the author of Soundtracking Germany: Popular Music and National Identity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Schiller is executive board member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Benelux branch, and on the advisory board of the German Society for Popular Music Studies (GfPM). Her research interests include popular music and post-war German national identity; Schlager, Kraftwerk, Beat and Electronic Music, European pop, populism and nationalism, but she is also interested in questions of pop music and hologram performances, posthumanism, gender, queer theory and aging in pop. Currently, Schiller works on music and populism in the project entitled “Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe”, an international collaboration with Oldenburg University (Germany), University of Technology and Economics in Budapest (Hungary), Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence (Italy), and University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria), financed by the Volkswagen Foundation. This project explores the ways in which popular music functions as a medium for the mainstreaming of populist ideologies in Hungary, Austria, Italy, Germany, and Sweden from a comparative perspective.
Assistant Professor of Popular Music
Chris Tonelli is Assistant Professor of Popular Music Studies. He teaches in the areas of Transnational Music Studies, Popular Music Analysis & History, Music Technologies & Ideologies, Urban Ethnomusicology, Mobile Music & Sound Studies, Mediality & Intermediality, Histories & Theory of Audiovisual Media, and Community-Engaged Music Making. He obtained his doctorate from the Critical Studies and Experimental Practices in Music program at University of California, San Diego and completed postdoctoral studies with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. His research interests include mimesis/pastiche/imitation, transnational processes, reception-centred research, improvisation studies, theorizing vocality, critical theory, and social justice studies.
PhD candidate at the Groningen Research Institute for the study of Culture
Rob Ahlers is teaching assistant in Popular Music Studies at the Arts, Culture and Media department and PhD candidate at the Groningen Research Institute for the study of Culture (ICOG) at the University of Groningen. He studied Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen, focusing on Popular Music and Arts Criticism and Analysis, and also studied drums at the Groningen Conservatory. In his PhD research Ahlers specializes in popular music and music festival culture. Other research interests include performance theory, music and identity, and philosophy of culture.
PhD-candidate in the Arts, Culture and Media Department
Niels Falch is a PhD-candidate in the Arts, Culture and Media Department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Falch is currently writing a dissertation on the influence of Jewish music in American popular songs. He is also a guest blogger at the Recorded Sound Archives (RSA), part of the Florida Atlantic University Libraries. Falch is a member of the Society of Jewish Science in the Netherlands, and a member of MACA, the Music and Cultural Analysis reading group at the University of Amsterdam. After studying at the conservatories in Amsterdam and Enschede, Falch worked as a music producer, music compiler, composer, and music teacher. He played guitar and keyboards in symphonic rock- and jazz-rock bands.
Assistant Professor of Arts, Media and Culture & European Languages and Cultures
Vera Veldhuizen is assistant professor in both European Languages and Cultures, and Arts, Media, Culture at the University of Groningen. Previously she attended Cambridge University for her PhD in children's literature, with Homerton College and the Faculty of Education, supervised by Maria Nikolajeva. She holds a BA from University College Roosevelt and an MSc in Literature and Society from Edinburgh University. Her research is focused on cognitive approaches to children's literature. Her PhD was on empathy, ethics and justice construction children's war literature. Her current project is on the impact and complexity of contrasting truth narratives in children's literature. She has presented her research at many international conferences and through several peer reviewed publications.
PhD Candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies
Krina Huisman is a PhD Candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of Arts, Media, and Culture. Her interests lie in narrative identity, death and bereavement studies, and literary theory. She is writing her dissertation on the circulation of grief plots in the Netherlands in the 21st century. She is chief editor of the Arts in Society Blog and chair of the PhD Council for the Humanities.
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