I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam and chair of the board of the Rotterdam based heritage organization DIG IT UP. My main research interests include popular music, cultural heritage and local identity. My current research focuses on the digitisation of urban cultural heritage.
In 2009, I graduated cum laude in Communication Science (Radboud University Nijmegen) and in 2010 I obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Antwerp (graduating with great distinction). In the spring of 2013, I was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Communication Studies in Leeds. I obtained my PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2014.
My dissertation explores the connections between popular music memories, cultural identity and cultural heritage, looking at the different ways in which popular music is remembered and evokes memories. In so doing, the dissertation examines the various memory practices of the cultural and heritage industries, ranging from the bottom-up activities of music preservation by fans to institutional forms of popular music heritage in museums. The studies presented in this work draw on interviews with heritage practitioners, cultural industry workers and music audiences. The research reveals the meanings of popular music memories for the cultural identities of individuals and communities. It also demonstrates how these memories enable a sense of self and identity and time and place.