dr. (Simone) SMR Driessen


Simone Driessen is an assistant professor in Media & Popular Culture in the Arts & Culture Department of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before, she worked as a senior lecturer in the Media and Communication Department. As a researcher she is interested in topics at the intersection of media and popular culture. As a lecturer she is involved in several courses in the Arts & Culture program(s), and supervises theses.

In June 2017, Simone obtained her PhD from the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC). Her PhD-project examined the affordances of mainstream popular music in the everyday life of ageing audiences (e.g., exploring why fans remain fan of a band like boy band Backstreet Boys over time). In addition to researching why fans remain fans over time, Simone is currently examinig why fans discontinue their fandom (e.g. after a controversial moment or the cancellation of an artist). 

Furthermore, Simone is involved as a researcher in two Horizon projects  (Inspiring and Anchoring Trust in Science, and COALESCE, which works towards a European center on science communication) on science communication, particularly popular, digital science communication.

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Assistant professor | Department of Arts and Culture Studies
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam


  • Simone Driessen (2 November 2023) - Dit is waarom we willen weten wat bekende mensen vinden van zaken als de oorlog tussen Israël en Hamas
  • Simone Driessen (30 September 2023) - Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner and the shifting dynamics of the celebrity divorce industrial complex
  • Simone Driessen (28 September 2023) - Dus jij dacht dat niemand hier nog naar luisterde?
  • Simone Driessen (28 September 2023) - Gecanceld als artiest? Dit gebeurt er dan op de Nederlandse radio
  • Simone Driessen (27 September 2023) - #SpeakUpNow: “I want Taylor Swift to do better”: Reflecting on a reactionary moment in a fandom
  • Simone Driessen (18 September 2023) - Russel Brand’s controverse: waarom blijven zijn fans hem geloven?
  • Simone Driessen (26 July 2023) - Kritiek op 'anti-mannenfilm' Barbie legt volgens mediawetenschapper vinger op zere plek: 'Kan juist les zijn voor maatschappij'
  • Simone Driessen (7 July 2023) - Wel of niet naar Rammstein?
  • Simone Driessen (1 July 2023) - De aantrekkingskracht van Rammstein. Mika (16) uit Assen: 'Als fan wil je backstage'
  • Simone Driessen (25 June 2023) - 'Wat toen kon, kan nu niet meer'

  • Simone Driessen (2022) - Insights into music fandom across the life course
  • Simone Driessen (2022) - De relatie tussen fan en idool
  • Simone Driessen (2022) - Cancel Culture, how to deal with it?
  • SMR (Simone) Driessen (2022) - Why are fans loyal anyway?
  • SMR (Simone) Driessen (2021) - Cancel culture
  • Simone Driessen (2020) - 'Good Fan, Bad Fan?' On politics, appropriateness, and toxicity
  • Simone Driessen (2018) - De Grote Roddelshow - Dit was 2018!
  • Simone Driessen (2018) - Our fascination with Flawed Celebrities
  • Simone Driessen (2017) - Waarom je levenslang fan kunt zijn van de Backstreet Boys
  • Simone Driessen (2016) - The future of music

  • Simone Driessen (2018) - ICA top paper award Popular Communication Division
  • Simone Driessen (2014) - DAME: Dean’s Award for Multidisciplinary Excellence

Master Class

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Course Code

Cultural & Media Studies

Year Level
BA-2, BA-2, BA-3, BA-3
Course Code

Arts, Culture and Media

Year Level
BA-1, BA-1
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News regarding dr. (Simone) SMR Driessen

The magic of Taylor Swift unravelled

Taylor Swift will perform three sold-out nights in early July. Researcher Simone Driessen highlights her unique appeal and the loyalty of Swifties.
Taylor Swift during a concert at Wembley Stadium, as part of her Eras Tour.

Why cancelled artists still get high listings in the Top 2000

Media scientist Simone Driessen explains how it is possible that songs by cancelled artists still end up high in the Dutch music ranking Top 2000.
Marco Borsato looks at the list with songs in the Top 2000

Is Taylor Swift part of a psyop?

Simone Driessen in WIRED on fandom, politics and the QAnon theories about Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift with guitar

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