Pauwke Berkers' and Erik Hitters' research project on pop music research has received a KIEM grant from NWO. The KIEM programme aims to encourage and facilitate public-private partnerships in the domain of the Creative industries. Berkers will be working on the project as project leader, the other team members are ESHCC Associate Professor Erik Hitters and Joke Hermes and Koos Zwaan from Hogeschool Inholland. Partners in the project are De Popcoalitie and POPnl.
The past few decades, pop music has become more and more important for the Dutch (creative) economy and society. Because of that, the scientific interest in popular music has grown as well. However, the pop music sector and scientists cannot always find eachother. These two also differ in their subjects and output. The project of Pauwke Berkers, named 'Where music meets research: Developing a sustainable platform and agenda for pop music research', should fix this problems with a sustainable researchnetwork, a platform and a shared research agenda.
Pauwke Berkers is an Assistant Professor at the Arts and Culture Department of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. His main interests include symbolic and social boundaries, racial/ethnic and gender inequality in the arts, cultural fields and (not so) popular music.
Erik Hitters is an Associate Professor at the Media and Communication Department of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. His research interests lie in the broad field of transformations in the media and cultural industries.