Femke Vandenberg is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Her PhD research into the aesthetic dispositions of cultural audiences is part of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens. Investigating the consumption of popular music in Rotterdam, she focuses on the members of society who occupy the lower strata of the class structure.
Femke studied at the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Ireland, obtaining a Bachelors Degree (cum laude) in Fine Art. In 2015, after being a practising artist for a year, she decided she wanted to further her education enrolling in a Pre-Masters in Arts, Culture and Society at the Erasmus University. During this year she discovered her love for sociology and successfully progressed on to the Masters program. She graduated in 2017 with her thesis titled: ‘”Any Irish MCs out there?” Negotiating class, masculinity, and ethnicity in the virtual Irish rap scene’. In her thesis, she examined the role of boundary work in the process of identity construction for Irish working-class youths.
F. Vandenberg (2018). Het sociale Lichaam Blootgelegd [Bespreking van het boek Distinction in the Flesh]. Sociologie, 14(2/3), 243-247.
F. Vandenberg, M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2020, augustus 8). "Walk on clogs and just act normal": defining collectivity in Dutch domestic music. San Fransisco, 115th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.
F. Vandenberg, M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2019). A Taste for Collective Effervescence: A study into the taste patterns of the national music consumer. Cultural Sociology Lowlands: Brussels, Belgium (2019, september 12 - 2019, september 13).
F. Vandenberg, M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2019). A Taste for Collective Effervescence. European Sociological Association: University of Manchester, UK (2019, augustus 20 - 2019, augustus 23).
F. Vandenberg (2018). Taste Patterns of the 'Illegitimate' Cultural Consumer. Conference Cultural Sociology Lowlands: Rotterdam (2018, juni 15).
F. Vandenberg (2018). A study into the illegitimate cultural consumer. Mid-term Conference Cultural Sociology Lowlands: Leuven (2018, maart 23).
F. Vandenberg, M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2018). Sing, fight, cry, pray, laugh, work and admire”: Taste Patterns of the 'Illegitimate' Cultural Consumer. Conference Keep it simple, make it fast! DIY cultures, spaces & places: Porto, Portugal (2018, juli 3 - 2018, juli 7).
F. Vandenberg (2018). Boundary-work of the 'illigitimate' Cultural Cunsumer. 10th Midterm Conferance European Sociological Association: Malta (2018, september 4 - 2018, september 7).
F. Vandenberg & J.C.F. Schaap (2017). ‘Any Irish MC’s out there?’ Negotiating class, nationality, masculinity and whiteness in the virtual Irish rap scene. 2nd Annual IASPM Student Conference in Research in Music: Amsterdam (2017, juni 2).