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Dissertation

Networks of Aesthetic Production and the Urban Political Economy

This study concerns itself with the practices, organization and strategies of networked aesthetic production in post-industrial cities. In a wider sense, this research project uses an empirically grounded reconstruction to answer the question how aesthetic practices operate within cities conditioned by economic globalization and a transformation of the capitalist economy towards more knowledge-intensive forms of production.
 
Empirically, the study researches electronic and experimental music networks in London and Berlin in relation to: 1) urban location; 2) modes of communication and mediation; 3) labor dynamics. Theoretically, this study is informed by regulation theoretical perspectives on the city and the urban scale (e.g. Brenner, Jessop, Peck, Theodore), which argue that the current shift towards a knowledge-based economy involves a re-territorialization of the accumulation regime and mode of social regulation on a variety of scales. The urban scale is particularly central in this new era, since cities are now increasingly promoted as entrepreneurial and competitive spaces within a global capitalist economy. The study, however, is also informed by the various debates about the role of networks in contemporary society. Some of this literature has emerged from within the discipline of urban studies (e.g. Amin, Castells, Murdoch, Thrift, Whatmore), but much interesting work has also been done in cultural studies as well as new media studies (e.g. Holmes, Lash, Lovink, Rossiter, Terranova). Combining these two theoretical strands – regulation theory and network theory - constitutes the main theoretical interest and relevance of this research project.

Lebenslauf / Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
Cultural/Creative Industries; Network Theories; Regulation Theory; Critical Realism
 
Teaching Interests
Media and Cultural Studies; Urban Theory; Cultural Policy
ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2007
DFG-Fellow
Center for Metropolitan Studies, Transatlantic Research Program B-NY, TU Berlin, Germany
 
2005-2006
Lecturer and Seminar Leader
4 Courses on Creative/Cultural Industries, Popular Music and Cultural Studies
Department of Media and Communications
Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom
 
2004-2005
Lecturer and Seminar Leader
5 Courses on Media Theory and Sociology of Media
Institute of Media and Representation
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
 
EDUCATION

2002-2004
Courses in Cultural Sciences, African Studies and Sociology
Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
 
1998-2004
BA and MA in Humanities (Specialization: Cultural History)
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
 
LANGUAGES

Dutch (native speaker), English (fluent), German (fluent)

Publikationen, Vorträge etc. / Publications, Lectures etc.

(In Preparation) with Margit Mayer and Jenny Künkel (eds.), Local Space / Social Conflict: Grounding Neoliberalism
 
(In Preparation) “Cultural Studies and the Urban Dimensions of Critique”
 
(In Refereeing Process) “Urban Economic Imaginaries and Electronic Music Networks: Creative Clusters, Cultural Quarters and Partial Truths”
 
(In Refereeing Process) “The Clustering of Creative Networks: Between Myth and Reality”
 
(Forthcoming) “Cultural Analysis, Urban Political Economy and Critique”, INTER: European Cultural Studies Conference Proceedings. Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
 
(Forthcoming) “Amerikanisierung, ontologische Komplexität, Normativität [Americanization, Ontological Complexity, Normativity]”, in: Daniel Gossel and Matthias S. Fifka (eds.), Mediendemokratie in den USA: Politikgestaltung und Politikvermittlung am Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2007
 
(Forthcoming) “Music and Urban Geography [Book Review]”, Popular Music
 
(Forthcoming) “Contesting Neoliberalism: Urban Frontiers” [Book Review], Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie

(Forthcoming) “Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions” [Book Review], Rethinking Marxism
(2007) “The Clustering of Networked Creativity: Between Myth and Reality”, CMS Working Paper Series, Berlin: Center for Metropolitan Studies
 
(2007) with André Bank, “Transnational Conflicts and the Politics of Scalar Networks”, in: Third World Quarterly, 28(3), pp. 593-612
 
(2006) “Harlem Renaissance”, “New Urban History” and “Greenwich Village”, in: David Goldfield (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Thousand Oaks, London and New Delhi: Sage
 
(2006) with Bernd Schyma, “Unterwegs mit Laptop und 12inch: DJ-Kultur und elektronische Musik [On the Road with Laptop and 12-inch: DJ-Culture and Electronic Music], in: Sebastian Lentz, Günter Heinritz and Sabine Tzschaschel (eds.), Nationalatlas Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Band 12 (Gelebtes Deutschland), Munich: Elsevier
 
CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS (RECENT, SELECTION)
 
5-7 Sep. 2007, “The Myths and Realities of Urban Music Clusters”, Paper Presentation at Re-Thinking Cultural Economy Conference, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
 
29 June – 6 July 2007, Workshop Participation, FUTURE – Future Urban Research in Europe: Culture and the City, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden
 
11 – 13 June 2007, “Cultural Studies and the Urban Dimensions of Critique”, Paper Presentation at INTER: A European Cultural Studies Conference, Louis de Geer Congress Center, Norrköping,Sweden
 
26-29 April 2007, “Electronic Music and the Urban Political Economy: Understanding the Tensions between Aesthetic Networks and Creative Clusters”, Paper Presentation at International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) USA & Canada Meeting, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
 
17-21 April 2007, “The Clustering of Networked Aesthetic Production: Between Myth and Reality”, Paper Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, USA
 
14-17 Nov. 2006, Doctoral Course Participation, Technology and the Public Sphere, Department of Information Science and Communication Studies, Bergen University, Norway
 
ORGANIZATIONAL EXPERIENCE (SELECTION)
 
30 May 2007, Workshop: Local Space and Social Conflict, Co-Organization with Jenny Künkel, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin, Germany
 
26 May 2007, Panel Session: Urban Soundscapes, Co-Organization and Moderation with Susanne Stemmler, Center for Metropolitan Studies 2007 Conference, Berlin, Germany
 
2004-2006, Cut-Up.Media.Magazine, Co-Editor of Dutch/English Journal, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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