Teaching and Research Staff
Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship
QUIRIJN LENNERT VAN DEN HOOGEN is Associate Professor in Arts Policy and Marketing. He teaches art sociology and arts policy at the University of Groningen. He is a member of STEP (Project on European Theatre Systems) and of the Research Centre for Arts in Society. His research interests include theater politics, the evaluation of (local) cultural policies and the effects of cultural participation.
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.
Arts, Cognition and Criticism
BAREND VAN HEUSDEN is Chair of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and 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.
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.
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
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).
ELEFTHERIA IOANNIDOU is Assistant Professor in Arts, Culture and Media. 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 in Athens and London and read for a doctorate at the University of Oxford working on the rewriting of Greek tragic texts from 1970s to the present. 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 which explores the dialogue between Greek tragedy and major investigations of postmodern theory. Her ongoing research project investigates performances of Greek tragedy under fascist regimes in Germany, Italy, and Greece during the interwar period.
Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media
ANNIE VAN DEN OEVER is Director of the Master in Film Studies at the Dept. of Arts, Culture, and Media Studies. She is also Director of the Faculty Minor Film in Culture and Director of the Film Archive.
JULIAN HANICH is Associate Professor in Film Studies. From 2009 to 2012 he held a position as postdoctoral research fellow at the interdisciplinary research center “Languages of Emotion” at the Freie Universität Berlin. He studied North American Studies, Film Studies and Art History in Berlin, Berkeley and Munich and was a visiting researcher at UCLA and the University of Amsterdam. His research interests include film and emotion; film phenomenology; film style; genre cinema; Hollywood and German film. He also occasionally writes as a film critic for Spiegel ONLINE.
MIKLOS 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).
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 .
STEVEN WILLEMSEN is a PhD Candidate and Junior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. His research interests lie in film theory, narratology, and cognitive approaches to the Arts and Humanities. He is author of Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach To Contemporary Complex Cinema (with Dr. Miklós Kiss, Edinburgh University Press, 2017), co-editor of the book series Sleutelteksten in Film- en Mediatheorie (Key Texts in Film and Media Theory), and has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, at the Research Centre for Literature & The Mind (2016-17). Currently he is working on a doctoral thesis examining experiences of narrative complexity in film, blending narratological and embodied-cognitive perspectives.
Music and Performance Studies
KRISTIN McGEE is Associate Professor in Popular Music in the Arts, Culture and Media Department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She is also the current Chair of the Board of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux. She has written on the subject of jazz, gender and popular music and audio visual media within a variety of articles and books, including her manuscript Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television (Wesleyan University Press 2009). She is also on the board of KVNM (Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands) and the review board of the journals Jazz Perspectives and IASPMonline. She is currently completing a manuscript on the crossover jazz scenes of the Netherlands. She is also a saxophonist and sometimes popular and experimental music composer. Since 2013 she has also led the Groningen Student Big Band.
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.
MELANIE SCHILLER is Assistant Professor in Media Studies and Popular Music at the Arts, Culture and Media department. Her doctoral research within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam focused on popular music and postwar-Germanness, and was concluded with her dissertation entitled Sound-tracking Germany. 70 Years of Imagining the Nation from Schlager to Techno. Post-doc research on popular music and national identifications within the context of a European integration project was carried out as a Bernadotte Research Fellow at the Royal Swedish Gustav Aldolfs Academy For Folk Culture and in collaboration with the Swedish Agency for Music and Performing Arts. Schiller is a board member of IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) Benelux and Netherlands national representative of YECREA (Young Scholars Network European Communication Research and Education Association). Her research interests include popular music and post-war German national identity; Schlager, Kraftwerk, Beat and Electronic Music, European pop and nationalism, but she is also interested in questions of pop music and gender, queer theory and aging in pop. She teaches courses on, amongst others, contemporary audiovisual culture, mediality and transmediality popular music, politics and resistance and comparative arts.
CHRIS TONELLI is Assistant Professor of Popular Music Studies in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media. He teaches courses on Global & Transnational Music Studies, Popular Music Technologies & Ideologies, Urban Ethnomusicology, Mobile Music & Sound Studies, Mediality & Intermediality, Histories & Theory of Audiovisual Arts, Community-Engaged Music Making, and Form & Aesthetics in the History of Popular Music. 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. He is a vocal performer and improviser, leader of inclusive improvising "Vocal Exploration" choirs, and publishes practice-based research related to these practices and to reception of less conventional human vocal sounds. His other research interests include musical mimesis/pastiche/imitation (and highly second-order popular music genres like breakcore, sample-pop, chiptune, and pastiche-centred pop, rock, & hip-hop), transnational music in and from Japan, reception-centred research, improvisation studies, and critical theory and social justice studies.
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.
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.
Harm Timmerman (1971), PhD.-candidate at The Groninger Research Institute for the study of Culture, conducts research on the impact of the romantic rock ideology upon study and career choice and adaption strategies in the music industry. As a musicologist and cultural critic he is interested in the history and discourse of pop and rock music, popular music in relation to adolescence and rock ideology. As a lecturer of Music (Management) he is employed at Media & Entertainment Management at Stenden University of Applied Sciences (HBO). After having studied popular music at the University of Amsterdam and music philosophy at the University of Leiden, Timmerman studied musicology at the University of Utrecht and the University of Groningen. He is a member of the IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music). In 2008 he released The Temple of Humanity by the band Freestone, a concept album with popular music, lyrics and artwork inspired by Freemasonry. Timmerman is responsible for production, composition and part of the instrumentation.
LIESBETH KORTHALS ALTES is Full Professor in Literary Theory and Modern French Literature in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. She studied French Language, Comparative Literature and Literary theory in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Paris, after which she worked as an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1980-1999). In these years she also worked as a critic for NRC and Trouw, two of the leading Dutch newspapers, reviewing French and Francophone literature. Her research focuses on narrative, and on how narrative fiction elicits representation of and reflection on values and ethics. She has a special interest for controversial, engagé and ironic works, and for the current ‘return to sincerity’ (see f.i. her book on Ethos and Narrative Interpretation - The Negotiation of Values in Fiction, Nebraska University Press, 2014). She is also Director of the Center for Research on Culture of the Faculty of Arts, Groningen, Director of studies of the interdisciplinary Research Master Literary and Cultural Studies, and Member of the Executive board of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.
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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