dr. (Michael) MJ Berghman

dr. (Michael) MJ Berghman
Assistant professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of Arts and Culture Studies
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Room
M7-20
Email
berghman@eshcc.eur.nl

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Michaël Berghman (1984) is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Art and Culture at the Erasmus School for History, Culture and Communication.

Michaël studied Sociology at the University of Antwerp and the University of Leuven. Given his extracurricular activities in graphic design, music and theatre, it was no surprise that he was drawn to the arts and culture as study domains. However, he also discovered a profound interest in social inequality (in both its hard and subtler forms). A combination of these interests he found in Cultural Sociology. 

This inspired him to pursue a PhD project entitled 'Context with a Capital C. On the symbolic contextualization of artistic artefacts' at the Centre for Sociological Research (KU Leuven). In the project he used a multidisciplinary approach to study art perception. Applying a combination of experimental and survey methodology, he studied the impact of context on visual art appreciation.

He was also biefly involved in research on poverty and pension protection.

After finishing his PhD, he joined Project UMA at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft). As a postdoctoral researcher, he was involved in the development of a unified model of aesthetics, integrating various psychological principles of aesthetic pleasure.

In 2016, Michaël joined the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, where he teaches on cultural sociology (at various levels) and introduces students to the methods of data collection. He is coordinator for the ACW programme.

His main research interests involve the perception and appreciation of cultural products (whether popular culture, fine art or design) and how they are patterned in social stratification. In particular, he is interested in the embodiment and malleability of taste.   

  • Pauwke Berkers, Julian Schaap, Femke Vandenberg, Rick Everts, Britt Swartjes, Didier Goossens, Michael Berghman & Frank Kimenai (2021) - Muziek als medicijn tegen maatschappelijke kwalen? - Sociologie magazine, 29 (1), 6-9

  • Michael Berghman, W De Tavernier & H Peeters (2014) - Armoede bij ouderen. Sociale bijstand naar geslacht, huishouden, pensioenstelsel en gewest - In H. Knapen, S. Braes, T. Ermans & W. Herremans, Het Datawarehouse, een duizendpoot! Perspectieven van het Datawarehouse Arbeidsmarkt en Sociale Bescherming (pp. 111-132) - Academia press
  • Michael Berghman & Koen Eijck (2012) - Beeldende kunst in een symbolische context - In I. Glorieux, J. Siongers & W. Smits, Mark Elchardus. Cultuursociologie buiten de lijnen. (pp. 349-367) - Lannoo

  • Michael Berghman & Janna Michael (2018) - Organizer of Cultural Sociology Lowlands (Expert meeting)

  • PPM Hekkert, M Sauerwein & Michael Berghman (2016) - An examination into cross-sensory aesthetic pleasure - In Proceedings of the 24th biennial congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics
  • Michael Berghman & PPM Hekkert (2016) - The beauty of balance – an empirical integration of the unified model of aesthetics for product design - In Proceedings of DRS2016
  • Michael Berghman & PPM Hekkert (2016) - Introduction - aesthetic pleasure in design - In Proceedings of DRS2016
  • N Cila, M Rozendaal, Michael Berghman & PPM Hekkert (2015) - Searching for balance in aesthetic pleasure in interaction - In DeSForM 2015
  • Michael Berghman, N Cila & PPM Hekkert (2014) - The combined effect of perceptual and conceptual dimensions on product design aesthetics - In Proceedings of the 23rd biennial congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics
  • Michael Berghman, Koen Eijck & K Beullens (2010) - Symbolic investment as contextualization. An experiment on the effects of modalities of presentation on the appreciation of artistic artefacts. - In Conference Trente ans après “la distinction” – thirty years after “distinction” - SciencesPo
  • Michael Berghman & Koen Eijck (2008) - Visual arts appreciation patterns: crossing horizontal and vertical boundaries within the cultural hierarchy - In Conference on Classification in the Arts and Media: The Impact of Globalization and Commercialization

  • Femke Vandenberg, Michael Berghman & Koen Eijck (2019) - A Taste for Collective Effervescence: A study into the taste patterns of the national music consumer - Cultural Sociology Lowlands
  • Femke Vandenberg, Michael Berghman & Koen Eijck (2019) - A Taste for Collective Effervescence - European Sociological Association
  • Michael Berghman, Julian Schaap & Koen Eijck (2018) - Let Me Think About That – Developing a latency-based tool for the sociological study of cultural Taste - 10th midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Networks Sociology of the Arts & Sociology of Culture
  • Femke Vandenberg, Michael Berghman & Koen Eijck (2018) - Sing, fight, cry, pray, laugh, work and admire”: Taste Patterns of the 'Illegitimate' Cultural Consumer - Conference Keep it simple, make it fast! DIY cultures, spaces & places

  • Michael Berghman, Pauwke Berkers & Ton Bevers (2021) - Gender and the representation of visual artists abroad: the case of the Netherlands - En-Compass-ing Culture(s): Beyond East/West and South/North - 8th mid-term conference of the ESA Research Network Sociology of Culture (RN7)
  • Michael Berghman, Julian Schaap, Koen Eijck, Willem Koster & Jeroen Waal (2020) - Learning from Latency in Sociological Research: Using the Implicit Association Test to make sense of Timed-Surveys - 115th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
  • Femke Vandenberg, Michael Berghman & Koen Eijck (2020) - "Walk on clogs and just act normal": defining collectivity in Dutch domestic music - 115th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
  • Koen Eijck, Michael Berghman & YCh Ho (2019) - Male and female nudity in artistic photography: Gendered patterns in explicit and implicit categorization - 14th conference of the European Sociological Association

Consumer Culture

Level
MA-1
Year
2021
Year Level
MA-1
Course Code
CS5010

Research Traineeship

Level
MA-1
Year
2021
Year Level
MA-1
Course Code
CS5008

Contemp. Appr. in Cult. Soc.

Year
2021
Year Level
BA-2, BA-2
Course Code
CC2005

Master Thesis Class

Level
MA
Year
2021
Year Level
MA
Course Code
CC4008

Master Thesis

Level
MA
Year
2021
Year Level
MA
Course Code
CC4050

Master Thesis

Level
MA-2
Year
2021
Year Level
MA-2
Course Code
CS5050

Introduction to Social Science Methods

Year
2021
Year Level
BA-1, BA-1
Course Code
CC1016

Art, Culture and Society

Year
2021
Year Level
Minor, Other
Course Code
CC9002

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