‹ Back to overview Profile Pauwke Berkers is full professor Sociology of Popular Music, specifically in relation to Inclusion, Well-Being, and Resilience in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Together with dr. Julian Schaap, he co-founded research group Rotterdam Popular Music Studies (RPMS) as well as the EUR minor MU$IC: The Economy, Sociology and Practice of Popular Music. Pauwke is head of department Arts and Culture Studies. He is one of founding members of the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab and member of the EUR core team Cultuurcampus. Pauwke Berkers was born - earlier than expected - on December 6, 1977, the year that punk exploded. Unwilling to leave the beautiful province of Noord Brabant, he studied sociology at Tilburg University, specializing in the sociology of arts and culture. His MA thesis Rock tegen de rollen: Een onderzoek naar vrouwenpunk en feminisme in Nederland rond 1980, addresses the extent and ways in which female band members have dealt with gender boundaries, drawing on both do-it-yourself and feminist ideologies. After obtaining his master's degree, he started his PhD project at the department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Reluctantly leaving the sociology of music behind him, his dissertation Classification into the Literary Mainstream? Ethnic Boundaries in the Literary Fields of the United States, the Netherlands and Germany, 1955-2005 discusses how and to what degree ethnic minority authors have become part of the literary mainstream (criticism, policy and history) in the United States, the Netherlands and Germany from 1955 to 2005.
Pauwke Berkers is
full professor Sociology of Popular Music, specifically in relation to Inclusion, Well-Being, and Resilience in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Pauwke has published widely on the relationship between popular music and
INCLUSION in (more and less) prestigious academic journals, chapters in edited volumes and a monograph Gender inequality in metal music production. Moreover, he has acquired and led several substantial projects that address inequalities and inclusion in popular music, including the international HERA project European music festivals, public spaces, and cultural diversity (FestiVersities), EUR Fellowship Hearing diversities, PhDs in the Humanities E lvis has finally left the building? Boundary work, whiteness and the reception of rock music in comparative perspective. He has been invited as a speaker at both academic and professional symposia on this topic (e.g., Museumcongres), acted as an expert in media interviews, and presented his work at knowledge festivals (e.g., invited speaker at NWO’s Nacht van de Wetenschap). Finally, Pauwke did contract research on diversity in the arts for the Rotterdam Arts Council as well as the City of The Hague. He is currently part of the National Workgroup Inclusion (including representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Council for Culture, many funding agencies), discussing current developments in inclusion research and strategies in the cultural sector.
Recent work includes
RESILIENCE, particularly in the context of popular music as an ecosystem. In the NWO Smart Culture project Staging popular music (POPLIVE), initial ideas on popular music as a more or less resilient ecosystem have been developed, resulting on several publications. Moreover, he supervises the PhD project of Wessel Coppes (Codarts Head of Pop, Jazz and World Music) addressing the connection between higher popular music education and the music industry, touching upon issues of resilience. Pauwke is currently doing a pilot study – with Frank Kimenai (ESHCC), Codarts Rotterdam, and dr. Joost Vervoort (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University) – in the context of a NWO KIEM and an Erasmus Trustfonds project to explore how resilience principles can be applied and adapted to the music sector, particularly in relation to inclusion and well-being.
dr. Julian Schaap, Pauwke aims to (help to) develop an integrated, transdisciplinary approach on popular music and WELL_BEING, synthesizing physical, psychological, and social well-being, building on preliminary work and in close collaboration with Codarts Rotterdam.
Finally, Pauwke is an avid - admittedly, somewhat snobbish -
collector of manele vechi and cumbia villera tapes, and vinyl records from Cabo Verde to Tuva.
Publications Rick Everts, Pauwke Berkers & Erik Hitters (2022) - Milestones in music: Reputations in the career building of musicians in the changing Dutch music industry - Poetics, 92, 1-11 - doi: 10.1016/j.poetic.2022.101647 - [link] Frank Weij & Pauwke Berkers (2022) - Artivist reception on Twitter: art, politics and social media - Information Communication and Society, 1-19 - doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.2020868 - [link] Arno van der Hoeven, Rick Everts, Martijn Mulder, Pauwke Berkers, Erik Hitters & Paul Rutten (2021) - Valuing value in urban live music ecologies: Negotiating the impact of live music in the Netherlands - Journal of Cultural Economy, 15 (2), 1-16 - doi: 10.1080/17530350.2021.2002175 Marjelle Vermeulen, Ellen Loots & Pauwke Berkers (2021) - Museum visits on a doctor’s prescription. A path to positive health? - Arts Management Quarterly, (137), 24-31 - [link] Rick Everts, Erik Hitters & Pauwke Berkers (2021) - The working life of musicians: mapping the work activities and values of early-career pop musicians in the Dutch music industry - Creative Industries Journal, 15 (1), 97-117 - doi: 10.1080/17510694.2021.1899499 - [link] 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 A Pavlova & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - “Mental Health” as Defined by Twitter: Frames, Emotions, Stigma - Health Communication, 1-11 - doi: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1862396 - [link] Julian Schaap & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - “Maybe it’s?…?skin colour?” How race-ethnicity and gender function in consumers’ formation of classification styles of cultural content - Consumption Markets & Culture, 23 (6), 599-615 - doi: 10.1080/10253866.2019.1650741 - [link] Julian Schaap & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - “You’re Not Supposed to Be into Rock Music”: Authenticity Maneuvering in a White Configuration - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 6 (3), 416-430 - doi: 10.1177/2332649219899676 - [link] Fianne Konings, Pauwke Berkers, Ellen Loots & D Kruijk (2020) - Een online leeromgeving architectuur en digitale cultuur voor het voortgezet onderwijs (in opdracht van Het Nieuwe Instituut) - [link] A Pavlova & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - Mental health discourse and social media: Which mechanisms of cultural power drive discourse on Twitter - Social Science & Medicine, 263 - doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113250 - [link] S Perlstein, N van Vuuren, L Velema, Michael Berghman & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - Onderzoek naar opvattingen rondom culturele diversiteit bij medewerkers van Rotterdamse culturele organisaties - [link] Arno van der Hoeven, Erik Hitters, Pauwke Berkers, Martijn Mulder & Rick Everts (2020) - Theorizing the production and consumption of live music: A critical review - doi: 10.5040/9781501355905.0006 - [link] Samira van Bohemen, Julian Schaap & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - The Sex Playlist: How Race and Ethnicity Mediate Musically "Composed" Sexual Self-formation - doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-44659-8_7 - [link] N van Vuuren, W Gillis-Burleson, Michael Berghman & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - Verwachtingen en voor(oor)deelen - video - [link] Uli Hahn & Pauwke Berkers (2020) - Visualizing climate change: an exploratory study of the effectiveness of artistic information visualizations - World Art, 11 (1), 95-119 - doi: 10.1080/21500894.2020.1769718 - [link] G Fonseca Pires, Pauwke Berkers & Julian Schaap (2019) - “My question is more metal than yours!” Gender inequality in metal music journalism Niels van Poecke, Pauwke Berkers & Mariangela Lavanga (2019) - Co-organiser: “A New Aesthetics of the Real: Keynote Pascal Gielen" - [link] Pauwke Berkers & Julian Schaap (2019) - Gender Inequality in Metal Music Production: A Global Trend Analysis Media Pauwke Berkers & Julian Schaap (1 May 2019) - Metal: meer muziek voor mannen Pauwke Berkers (1 May 2019) - Het dubbele gezicht van de academische rat race Pauwke Berkers & Julian Schaap (9 April 2019) - Despite Damning New Research, Women In Country Music Have It Better Than Most Pauwke Berkers & Julian Schaap (13 December 2018) - Interview Kat Katz metalzangers: ‘Ik was de intimidatie door mannen beu’ Pauwke Berkers (6 December 2018) - Steeds minder vrouwen in Top 2000 Pauwke Berkers (24 November 2018) - Dan hangen we de slingers zelf maar op Pauwke Berkers & Julian Schaap (4 November 2018) - Het oorverdovende gebrul van metal: Voer voor de wetenschap Pauwke Berkers (1 June 2018) - Georg Simmel en Kaapverdiaanse muziek onthullen de absurditeit van de moderne stad Pauwke Berkers (1 June 2018) - Genderongelijkheid in de muziek Pauwke Berkers (11 April 2018) - Vrouwen aan de riem: in clips moet het kunnen Activities Michael Berghman, Pauwke Berkers & Ton Bevers (2021) - Gender and the representation of visual artists abroad: the case of the Netherlands Julian Schaap & Pauwke Berkers (2019) - Gender inequality in metal music production Pauwke Berkers (2019) - Discussant of movie Una banda de chicas Rick Everts, Pauwke Berkers & Erik Hitters (2019) - ‘All institutions die hard’, How beginning pop artists navigate the changing Dutch music industry Pauwke Berkers (2019) - Gender inequality among women music creators Pauwke Berkers (2018) - Gender, music, inequalities: what can the study of music tell us about gender dynamics in society? Pauwke Berkers (2018) - Culturele diversiteit in de cultuursector van Den Haag Pauwke Berkers (2018) - De cultuursector is als een alp, hoe hoger je komt hoe witter het wordt: Over inclusiviteit en diversiteit in de cultuur- en museumsector Koen Eijck & Pauwke Berkers (2018) - Diversiteit in de Rotterdamse culturele sector Pauwke Berkers & Julian Schaap (2018) - Vrouwen met gitaren – Waarom het zo lastig is om het als vrouw te maken in de mannenwereld van de metalmuziek (en hoe dat anders moet) Awards (2) Pauwke Berkers, Koen van Eijck & Kjell Noordzij (2018) - NSV Artikelprijs Pauwke Berkers, Koen van Eijck & K. Noordzij (2018) - Ik ben niet zo rijk, misschien wel gelukkiger: Interpretatiewijzen van portretteringen van sociale klassen in realitytelevisie Teaching (5) Level MA-1 Year Level MA-1 Year 2022 Course Code CS5001 Level MA-2 Year Level MA-2 Year 2022 Course Code CS5050 Level MA Year Level MA Year 2022 Course Code CC4008 Level MA Year Level MA Year 2022 Course Code CC4050 Year Level BA-3, BA-2, BA-3, BA-2 Year 2022 Course Code CC3004