Niels van Poecke (1983) is a lecturer in Aesthetics and Sociology of Arts and Culture at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. As of January 2018 he in addition works as Double Degree and Events coordinator for the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL).
Niels van Poecke studied Arts and Culture studies (BA, 2004), Sociology of Arts and Culture (MA, 2005), and Philosophy of the Social Sciences (MA, 2007) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After obtaining his master’s degree in 2007, he worked as a programme maker at the Studium Generale of Erasmus University until 2011, where he organized academic and cultural events for students and the general public. During his studies, he has combined his love for popular culture with an interest for sociology and philosophy, culminating in a MA thesis on Americana music (2005) and a MA thesis on blues music in connection to Greek tragedy and Nietzschean philosophy (2007). In November 2017, he completed his doctoral thesis on indie-folk music and the search for authenticity in contemporary modernity. He has won various awards for his work, including the ‘National Popscriptie Prijs’ (2007) and the Young Scholar Award at the 2016 International Congress of Aesthetics in Seoul, South-Korea.
His fields of interest include sociology of arts and culture (specifically the sociology of taste and the sociology of self-identity), (contemporary) aesthetics, (contemporary) art, practice theory, popular culture, and contemporary manifestations of the tragic. He currently works on a research project on the relationship between narrative identity, culture and (coping with) stress.
N. van Poecke (2017). Broken Circle Rebound: New Regionalism and Vernacular Indie-Folk. In L. Mutsaers, G. Tillekens & G. Keunen (Eds.), Made In The Low Countries (pp. 51-60). London: Routledge
N. van Poecke (2014, oktober 14). Bringing the Banjo Back to Life: The Field of Dutch Independent Folk Music as Participatory Culture. Hilversum, Derdejaarssymposium Huizinga Instituut.
N. van Poecke (2015). What Might Have Been Lost: The Formation of Narrative Identity Among the Dutch Indie-Folk Audience. IASPM International Conference 2015: Campinas, Brazil (2015, juni 29 - 2015, juli 3).
N. van Poecke & J. Michael (2014). Bringing the Banjo Back to Life: Prosumerism in the Field of Folk Music. Keep it Simple Make it Fast (KisMif): Underground Music Scenes and DiY Cultures: University of Porto (2014, juli 10 - 2014, juli 12).
N. van Poecke & J. Michael (2014). Bringing the Banjo Back to Life: The Field of Dutch Independent Folk Music as Participatory Culture. A long way to the top: The production and reception of popular music in a global world: Erasmus University Rotterdam (2014, november 6 - 2014, november 7).
J. Michael & N. van Poecke (2013). Bringing the banjo back to life: Prosumerism in the field of folk music. European Sociological Association, Sociology of the Arts Section: Torino, Italy (2013, augustus 29).
N. van Poecke (2012). From the Old to the New Weird America: Authenticity ‘Beyond the End of Authenticity’: The Case of Freak Folk. Conference ‘Artistic Practices’, European Sociological Association: Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Vienna (2012, september 5 - 2012, september 8).
N. van Poecke (2012). From the Old to the New Weird Generation: Authenticity ‘Beyond the End of Authenticity: The Case of Freak Folk. Aesthetics of Popular Culture: Academy of Fine Arts Bratislawa (2012, november 29 - 2012, december 1).