dr. (Michael) MJ Berghman

dr. (Michael) MJ Berghman
Assistant Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of Arts & Culture Studies
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Room
M7-20
Telephone
+31104082088
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…

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.   

      • M.J. 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 (Eds.), Het Datawarehouse, een duizendpoot! Perspectieven van het Datawarehouse Arbeidsmarkt en Sociale Bescherming (pp. 111-132). Gent: Academia Press
      • M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2012). Beeldende kunst in een symbolische context. In I. Glorieux, J. Siongers & W. Smits (Eds.), Mark Elchardus. Cultuursociologie buiten de lijnen (pp. 349-367). Tielt: Lannoo
      • M.J. Berghman & P.P.M. Hekkert (2016). The beauty of balance – an empirical integration of the unified model of aesthetics for product design. In Proceedings of DRS2016. Brighton
      • P.P.M. Hekkert, M. Sauerwein & M.J. Berghman (2016). An examination into cross-sensory aesthetic pleasure. In Proceedings of the 24th biennial congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics. Vienna
      • M.J. Berghman & P.P.M. Hekkert (2016). Introduction - aesthetic pleasure in design. In Proceedings of DRS2016. Brighton
      • N. Cila, M. Rozendaal, M.J. Berghman & P.P.M. Hekkert (2015). Searching for balance in aesthetic pleasure in interaction. In DeSForM 2015. Milan
      • M.J. Berghman, N. Cila & P.P.M. 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. New York
      • M.J. Berghman, C.J.M. van 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”. Paris: SciencesPo
      • M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van 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. Rotterdam
      • M.J. Berghman & J. Michael (2018). Organizer of Cultural Sociology Lowlands (Expert meeting).
      • M.J. Berghman, J.C.F. Schaap & C.J.M. van 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: Malta (2018, september 4 - 2018, september 7).
      • F. Vandenberg, M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van 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: Porto, Portugal (2018, juli 3 - 2018, juli 7).
  • Introduction to Social Science Methods

    Title
    Introduction to Social Science Methods
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (BA-1) (BA-1)

    Contemp. Appr. in Cult. Soc.

    Title
    Contemp. Appr. in Cult. Soc.
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (BA-2) (BA-2)

    Master Thesis Class ACS

    Title
    Master Thesis Class ACS
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (MA)

    Master Thesis ACS

    Title
    Master Thesis ACS
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (MA)

    Art, Culture and Society

    Title
    Art, Culture and Society
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (Minor) (Other)
  • Assistant Professor

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
    Department
    Department of Arts & Culture Studies
    Country
    The Netherlands
    Telephone
    +31104082088

Address

Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam