Welcome to my website. I am Professor in Globalisation Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS). I am also affiliated to the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), at the University of Amsterdam. I am also affiliated to the Beijing Film Academy. I am the founder and coordinator of the ASCA Transasia Cultural Studies Group, that convenes monthly and also serves as an email list.  My work focuses on the cultural implications of globalization, with a special interest in contemporary China.

I have worked a lot on popular music, in particular Chinese rock and pop music. Between 2007 and 2012, with a VIDI grant of the NWO, my research expanded towards contemporary art, new media and cinema; as well as towards other issues, in particular the global rise of the discourse of the creative industries, the possibilities to be critical and urban change in China. With an ERC grant from the EU I work on the project ChinaCreative, which engages with questions of creativity, governmentality and criticality in contemporary art, calligraphy, independent documentary cinema, Hunan satellite television and shanzhai art from Shenzhen. With a HERA grant from the EU, I was between 2013 and 2016 part of a project on single women in Delhi and Shanghai. Apart from these issues, my writings, often co-authored with colleagues, also engage with topics ranging from fan cultures and Lord of the Rings to my mother’s liking of Rowen Hèze, as well as nylon stockings and questions on how to survive the neoliberal university.

I have been a visiting scholar at New York University, Fudan University in Shanghai (in 2004) and Hong Kong Baptist University (in 2012). For my research I frequently travel to Beijing and Hong Kong. I am in the editorial board of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture and Norient. Together with Edwin Jurriëns, I edit a book series at Amsterdam University Press on Asian Visual Cultures. Together with Esther Peeren I edit a book series in Globalization, Culture and Society with Palgrave. I am affiliated to the International Association for Popular Music (IASPM) and active in its Inter-asia popular music group. I am also a boardmember of the “ACO – Academisch China Overleg” (academic China exchange). I am part of the advisory board of the Centre for Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am also member of the board of the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), and part of their Mellon programme on Expanding Humanities.

I have an MSc in tropical forestry (1992, Wageningen University), an MA in communication studies (1993, University of Amsterdam) and a PhD in sociology / anthropology (2001, University of Amsterdam).

All images on the website are taken by me. This website also contains as many of my publications as possible. The website is designed and made by Benjamin van Gogh from Incorrect Media Productions.