Michaël Berghman (1984) is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Art and Culture at the Erasmus School for History, Culture and Communication.
Michaël studied Sociology at the University of Antwerp and the University of Leuven. Given his extracurricular activities in graphic design, music and theatre, it was no surprise that he was drawn to the arts and culture as study domains. However, he also discovered a profound interest in social inequality (in both its hard and subtler forms). A combination of these interests he found in Cultural Sociology.
This inspired him to pursue a PhD project entitled 'Context with a Capital C. On the symbolic contextualization of artistic artefacts' at the Centre for Sociological Research (KU Leuven). In the project he used a multidisciplinary approach to study art perception. Applying a combination of experimental and survey methodology, he studied the impact of context on visual art appreciation.
He was also biefly involved in research on poverty and pension protection.
After finishing his PhD, he joined Project UMA at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft). As a postdoctoral researcher, he was involved in the development of a unified model of aesthetics, integrating various psychological principles of aesthetic pleasure.
In 2016, Michaël joined the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, where he teaches on cultural sociology (at various levels) and introduces students to the methods of data collection. He is coordinator for the ACW programme.
His main research interests involve the perception and appreciation of cultural products (whether popular culture, fine art or design) and how they are patterned in social stratification. In particular, he is interested in the embodiment and malleability of taste.
M.J. Berghman, J.C.F. Schaap & C.J.M. van Eijck (2019). The sociological potential of assessing dual-process cognition in latency-based surveys. An exploration on cultural taste: Comment. Sociological science.
M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2019). Artist status reliance and affinity with the arts: A sociological experiment on a probability sample. Sociology. The Journal of the British Sociological Association.
M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2019). The sociological potential of assessing dual-process cognition in latency-based surveys. An exploration on cultural taste: Comment. Sociology. The Journal of the British Sociological Association.
M.J. Berghman, J.C.F. Schaap & C.J.M. van Eijck (2019). The sociological potential of assessing dual-process cognition in latency-based surveys. An exploration on cultural taste: Comment. Social Science Research.
M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2012). De naam maakt de kunst.EOS magazine: wetenschap en technologie voor de mens, 2012 (1), 36-38.
M.J. Berghman, W. De Tavernier & H. Peeters (2014). Armoede bij ouderen. Sociale bijstand naar geslacht, huishouden, pensioenstelsel en gewest. In H. Knapen, S. Braes, T. Ermans & W. Herremans (Eds.), Het Datawarehouse, een duizendpoot! Perspectieven van het Datawarehouse Arbeidsmarkt en Sociale Bescherming (pp. 111-132). Gent: Academia Press
P.P.M. Hekkert, M. Sauerwein & M.J. Berghman (2016). An examination into cross-sensory aesthetic pleasure. In Proceedings of the 24th biennial congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics. Vienna
M.J. Berghman & P.P.M. Hekkert (2016). Introduction - aesthetic pleasure in design. In Proceedings of DRS2016. Brighton
N. Cila, M. Rozendaal, M.J. Berghman & P.P.M. Hekkert (2015). Searching for balance in aesthetic pleasure in interaction. In DeSForM 2015. Milan
M.J. Berghman, C.J.M. van Eijck & K. Beullens (2010). Symbolic investment as contextualization. An experiment on the effects of modalities of presentation on the appreciation of artistic artefacts. In Conference Trente ans après “la distinction” – thirty years after “distinction”. Paris: SciencesPo
M.J. Berghman & C.J.M. van Eijck (2008). Visual arts appreciation patterns: crossing horizontal and vertical boundaries within the cultural hierarchy. In Conference on Classification in the Arts and Media: The Impact of Globalization and Commercialization. Rotterdam
M.J. Berghman, P.P.L. Berkers & A.M. Bevers (2021, maart 10). Gender and the representation of visual artists abroad: the case of the Netherlands. Helsinki (online), En-Compass-ing Culture(s): Beyond East/West and South/North - 8th mid-term conference of the ESA Research Network Sociology of Culture (RN7).
M.J. Berghman, J.C.F. Schaap, C.J.M. van Eijck, W. de Koster & J. van der Waal (2020, augustus 8). Learning from Latency in Sociological Research: Using the Implicit Association Test to make sense of Timed-Surveys. San Fransisco, 115th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.
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.
C.J.M. van Eijck, M.J. Berghman & Y.Ch. Ho (2019, augustus 22). Male and female nudity in artistic photography: Gendered patterns in explicit and implicit categorization. Manchester, 14th conference of the European Sociological Association.
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, 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).
M.J. Berghman, J.C.F. Schaap & C.J.M. van Eijck (2018). Let Me Think About That – Developing a latency-based tool for the sociological study of cultural Taste. 10th midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Networks Sociology of the Arts & Sociology of Culture: Malta (2018, september 4 - 2018, september 7).
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).
M.J. Berghman & J. Michael (2018). Organizer of Cultural Sociology Lowlands (Expert meeting).