MSc. J. (Janna) Michael

Janna Michael
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Since October 2017, I work as a postdoctoral researcher on the project ‘Gameful Music Performances for Smart, Inclusive, and Sustainable Societies’ (GAMPSISS). In this interdisciplinary project, I am investigating listening cultures and classical music audiences in order to explore if and how music listening culture can be altered through gamification. Using classical music pieces as case-studies, I am drawing on interviews, survey data and experiments to examine values realized in the aesthetic experience of music listening. Within the project at large, altering the listening experience with gameful music performances is explored for its potential to maximize the ethical impact of confrontations with the arts. This is expected to be achieved by helping audiences to engage with artworks in a playful, yet deep and multi-layered way.

Next to my postdoctoral research, I work as a lecturer in the Ba and Ma program Arts, Culture and Society at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. I have taught various courses such as ‘Arts, Culture and Engagement’, ‘Methods of Qualitative Research’ in IBaCs, and tutorials in Statistics, ‘Introduction to Social Science Research’, ‘Contemporary Approaches to Cultural Sociology’ and also ‘Economic Geography of Creativity and Urban development’.

I hold Ba in Sociology from the University of Hamburg and a Master of Science degree in Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts. In January 2017, I received my Ph.D. from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. My PhD research evolved around questions of inequality in cultural participation of diverse social groups within Northern Europe. It addressed how status distinction is practiced and boundaries are negotiated in discourse about taste in fashion, music and visual arts. This research has led me to interview young business professionals, service workers and voracious cultural consumers and tied in with my broader interest in the complex relations between identity and consumption.

  • J. Michael & L.E. Braden (2018). Capitalizing on Morals? Connecting Cultural Capital and Moral Judgments. 10th Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Networks Sociology of the Arts (RN2) & Sociology of Culture (RN7): Malta (2018, september 6).
  • J. Michael (2018). Legitimate but popular? The field of classical music and its efforts to mobilize new audience. Dag van de Sociologie: Rotterdam (2018, juni 14).
  • M.J. Berghman & J. Michael (2018). Organizer of Cultural Sociology Lowlands (Expert meeting).
  • J. Michael & C.J.M. van Eijck (2017). Current Contestations of Cultural Capital. Symposium: Rotterdam (2017, januari 20 - 2017, januari 20).
  • J. Michael (2017). Waarom hipster zo wordt gehaat? 'Té hip, niet authentiek, geen eigen smaak' (Interview Volkskrant).
  • J. Michael (interview) (2017, jan 23). Radio 1, Nieuwe feiten. [radio-uitzending]. In Nieuwe feiten . Radio 1, VRT (Belgium).
  • J. Michael (2016). Negotiating difference and taste in style: Comparing Northern European class fractions. European Sociological Association, sociology of consumption midterm conference: Bologna (2016, september 7 - 2016, september 10).
  • J. Michael (2015). Highbrow culture for high-potentials? Cultural orientations of an economic elite in the making. ‘Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination’ 12th conference of the European Sociological Association 2015: Prague, Czech Republic (2015, augustus 25 - 2015, augustus 28).
  • M. Lavanga & J. Michael (2015). Music Talks #2: Rotterdam Music Scenes: Überhip or Pretty Dead? (CO-ORGANISER, CHAIR and CURATOR). Artistic Symposium on Music, Creative Scenes and the City: Rotterdam, Podium Grounds (2015, november 10 - 2015, november 10).
  • N. van Poecke & J. Michael (2014). Bringing the Banjo Back to Life: The Field of Dutch Independent Folk Music as Participatory Culture. A long way to the top: The production and reception of popular music in a global world: Erasmus University Rotterdam (2014, november 6 - 2014, november 7).
  • J. Peters, L. van der Jagt, C.J.M. van Eijck, J. Michael & P.P.L. Berkers (2014). Irony as boundary work: Engagement and detachment in karaoke bars. IASPM Benelux conference A long way to the top: The production and reception of music in a globalized world: Rotterdam (2014, november 6 - 2014, november 7).
  • N. van Poecke & J. Michael (2014). Bringing the Banjo Back to Life: Prosumerism in the Field of Folk Music. Keep it Simple Make it Fast (KisMif): Underground Music Scenes and DiY Cultures: University of Porto (2014, juli 10 - 2014, juli 12).
  • J. Michael (2014). Cultural orientations of an economic elite in the making. ESA Consumption Research Network Midterm Conference: Porto, Portugal (2014, september 4).
  • J. Michael & N. van Poecke (2013). Bringing the banjo back to life: Prosumerism in the field of folk music. European Sociological Association, Sociology of the Arts Section: Torino, Italy (2013, augustus 29).
  • C.J.M. van Eijck, J. Michael, P.P.L. Berkers, L. van der Jagt & J. Peters (2013). The ironic versus the sincere? Bonding and distancing with ironic consumption. ESA Conference, Sociology of Consumption Section: Torino (2013, augustus 28 - 2013, augustus 31).
  • J. Michael (2013). What is Coolness? Deconstructing and Contextualizing a Buzzword. Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap: Rotterdam, Netherlands (2013, februari 7 - 2013, februari 8).
  • J. Michael (2012). It's really not hip to be a hipster: symbolic boundaries and individuality in urban culture. Culture, Communication and Creativity Conference: Berlin, Germany (2012, september 5 - 2012, september 7).
  • J. Michael (2012). The Unease of the Hipster: Negotiating Trends and Authenticity among Cultural Consumers. ESA Consumption Research Network Interim Meeting: Berlin, Germany (2012, september 5 - 2012, september 8).


Visiting address

Office: M7-06 Van der Goot Building
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam