prof.dr. (Susanne) MSSE Janssen

Biography

Susanne Janssen is full professor of Sociology of Media and Culture and research director of the Department of Media and Communication at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC). In 2021, she was appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2024, she joined the Dutch Research Council (NWO) as a board member of the Social Sciences and Humanities domain.

Janssen’s research and teaching activities lie in the fields of cultural sociology, media and communication research, and the sociology of the arts and literature. Her publications cover various themes in the field of culture, media, and society, such as the impact of globalization and commercialization in the cultural field, the role of cultural mediators in the recognition of cultural expressions and products, and the social and cultural significance of popular music heritage. Her ongoing research focuses on the implications of diversity and digitalization in the media and cultural sectors, socio-cultural differences in media use and cultural participation, and the relationship between cultural participation and well-being. 

Susanne Janssen currently leads a large-scale Horizon 2020 research project, entitled INVENT: European Inventory of Societal Values of Culture as a Basis for Inclusive Cultural Policies in the Globalizing World. This EU-funded international collaborative project (2020-2024) involves leading scholars and research institutions based in nine different countries. She also co-directs the Doing Diversity project which examines diversity practices in the educational, cultural, and sports sectors in the City of Rotterdam (2022-2024). As a (co)supervisor, she is involved in multiple PhD projects and thus far nineteen PhD dissertations have been completed under her supervision (cf. her full CV).

Janssen was awarded the prestigious VICI grant (2003) for her Cultural Classification Systems in Transition project from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). From 2010 to 2014, she directed another large-scale international collaborative research project: Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory, and Cultural Identity which was funded as part of the HERA Joint Research Programme Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity. Janssen also received several other major project grants, including an Erasmus Research Excellence grant (REI), four NWO PhD in the Humanities grants, a HERA Knowledge Exchange grant, and funding from the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens.

Janssen was appointed an Honorary Professor (2010-2016) in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia, a member of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) in 2015, a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 2021, and a member of the Council for the Humanities (RGW) in 2023.

Susanne Janssen is the founding chair of the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, which she headed from its inception in 2008 until 2020. She is the founding co-director of the MA in Media Studies and the research master in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts (top-rated programme 2014, 2016 and 2017) and the founding Dean of the International Bachelor in Communication and Media (IBCoM) which was awarded the NVAO Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation and the European Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation (2014; re-accredited in 2019).  

She was also the founding academic director of ERMeCC, the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication, and Culture (2008-2023), which was in 2023 transformed into the faculty-wide Erasmus Research Institute for Media, Culture, History and Society (ERMeCHS).  ERMeCHS unites more than 100 researchers and over fifty Ph.D. candidates from a variety of international and disciplinary backgrounds and is home to one of the largest research groups focusing on the social dimensions of media, culture, and the arts worldwide. 

Susanne Janssen performed manifold executive and advisory services in academia and the cultural sector. She served, among other things, on the Dutch Council for Culture in the Netherlands,  the founding committee of the Netherlands-Flemish Communication Association (NEFCA), and the NWO Cultural Dynamics program board and as chair-elect of the European Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts (ESA). From 2010-2012, Janssen was co-editor-in-chief of Poetics, the premier journal for empirical research on culture, media, and the arts, and a leading journal in sociology, for which she continues to serve as an advisory editor.

Current memberships include the academic executive board of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) Centre for the Governance of Migration and Diversity, the executive board of the Netherlands School of Media Studies (RMES), the Council for the Humanities (RGW) and the Board of the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities domain.

Susanne Janssen holds an MA degree in General Language and Literature Studies and received her Ph.D. from the University of Tilburg (1994). Her dissertation research on processes of reputation formation and the role of reviewing and criticism in the field of literature was funded by NWO (Open Competition). She moved to the Faculty of History and Arts – now called the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) - of Erasmus University Rotterdam at the start of the Department of Arts and Culture Studies in 1989, where she was appointed Associate Professor in 1999, endowed Professor in 2003, and Full Professor in 2007.

View Susanne Janssen's full CV.

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Full professor | Department of Media and Communication
Email
s.janssen@eshcc.eur.nl
Room
M8-06
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

Work

  • Susanne Janssen (2024) - The Dutch Research Council (External organisation)
  • Susanne Janssen (2023) - RGW-Raad voor de Geesteswetenschappen (Council for the Humanities) (External organisation)
  • Susanne Janssen & Marc Verboord (2023) - Key findings about Europeans’ digital cultural participation and potential implications for cultural policy
  • Marc Verboord & Susanne Janssen (2023) - Key findings about diversities and inequalities in cultural participation and potential implications for cultural policy
  • Susanne Janssen & Marc Verboord (2023) - INVENT Culture: European Inventory of Societal Values of Culture as Basis for Inclusive Cultural Policies
  • Susanne Janssen (2022) - Research School of Media Studies (RMeS) (External organisation)
  • BG (Bartosz) Zerebecki, SJ (Suzanna) Opree, J (Joep) Hofhuis & MSSE (Susanne) Janssen (2021) - What attracts Polish youth viewers to entertainment TV shows? Exploring (dis)similarity with characters, onscreen diversity, and the possibility for stereotype change.
  • Susanne Janssen (2021) - LDE Center on the Governance of Migration and Diversity (External organisation)
  • Bartosz Zerebecki, Suzanna Opree, Joep Hofhuis & Susanne Janssen (2021) - What attracts Polish youth viewers to entertainment TV shows?
  • Rian Koreman, Marc Verboord & Susanne Janssen (2020) - Analysing professional and amateur music reviews through topic modelling
  • Susanne Janssen (2018) - Keynote lecture: The Art of Comparison: Features and Findings of Comparative Research in Cultural Journalism
  • Susanne Janssen (2018) - Invited Lecture. Critical Authority and Taste in the Contemporary Literary Field

NWO

Start date approval
April 2024
End date approval
March 2027
Place
DEN HAAG
Description
Lidmaatschap NWO Domeinbestuur SGW

Research Master Seminar I

Level
MA-1
Year Level
MA-1
Year
2023
Course Code
CS5016

Globalization, Digitalization and Cult.

Level
MA-1
Year Level
MA-1
Year
2023
Course Code
CS5009

Master Thesis

Year Level
MA, MA, MA, MA, MA
Year
2023
Course Code
CM5000

Master Thesis

Level
MA-2
Year Level
MA-2
Year
2023
Course Code
CS5050

Master Class

Year Level
MA, MA, MA, MA, MA
Year
2023
Course Code
CM4500

News regarding prof.dr. (Susanne) MSSE Janssen

Susanne Janssen appointed as new board member of NWO domain Social Sciences and Humanities

Susanne Janssen has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) as a board member of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).
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Institutional trust and the relationship with culture and media

Cultural values and institutional performance impact people's trust in European institutions.
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Susanne Janssen and Thea Hilhorst appointed as member of KNAW

Thea Hilhorst, professor of Humanitarian Studies and  Susanne Janssen, professor of sociology of media and culture appointed as member of KNAW.

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