J.C.F. (Julian) Schaap

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Julian Schaap (Rotterdam, 1988) is a PhD-lecturer in cultural sociology at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies.

Together with dr. Pauwke Berkers and prof.dr. Koen van Eijck, Julian received a five-year grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) as a part of Doctorates in Humanities (‘Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen’) to pursue his PhD on the topic of whiteness and rock music. The international project is entitled ‘Elvis has finally left the building? Boundary work, whiteness and the reception of rock music in comparative perspective.’ He started his PhD and work as a lecturer in October 2013. For more information on his PhD research, please visit the project website, Facebook and/or Twitter.

In general, Julian’s research focuses on social and cultural stratification on the basis of whiteness, race-ethnicity and gender in various cultural fields. He has also published on religion and spirituality in online video games together with dr. Stef Aupers.

Julian obtained his bachelor degree in History from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011, graduating on the topic of the UN Peacekeeping mission in former Yugoslavia, 1991-1995. Shortly after, he followed a summer school on fear culture at Tallinn University in Estonia, triggering his interest in sociology. He enrolled in the Research Master in Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts at the same university. As a part of this programme, he studied one semester at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. In 2013 he graduated (cum laude) on the topic of whiteness and rock music with his master thesis ‘Just like Hendrix: Whiteness and the critical and consumer reception of rock music in the United States, 2003-2013.’

  • J.C.F. Schaap (2013, mei 24). Op vakantie naar de loopgraven: 100 jaar slagveldtoerisme van 1914 tot nu. Maarn (Nederland), Studiedag Stichting Studiecentrum Eerste Wereldoorlog (SSEW).
  • P.P.L. Berkers, T. Trinh Thanh & J.C.F. Schaap (2017). Hearing whiteness: Race, ethnicity and evaluation of rock music. 19th Biennial IASPM Conference: Kassel (2017, juni 26 - 2017, juni 30).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2017). Elvis has finally left the building? Gender, race-ethnicity and social marking in rock music classification. Conference Cultural Sociology Lowlands: Amsterdam (2017, juni 19 - 2017, juni 20).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2017). Gender inequality in metal music production. Conference Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures: Helsinki (2017, juni 28 - 2017, juni 30).
  • P.P.L. Berkers & J.C.F. Schaap (2017). From t(h)rash to profit : A history of the legitimation of metal music. 19th Biennial IASPM Conference: Kassel (2017, juni 26 - 2017, juni 30).


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Meet our PhD candidates: Julian Schaap | Arts and Culture Studies
In a new series of 'Meet our PhD candidates', Julian Schaap of the Department of Arts and Culture Studies tells about his research into the so-called 'unmarked norm' of whiteness in the rock music scene. Julian: "Music is often experienced as entertainment, but we aim to show that music can also segregate people, even if in a kind of innocent, unintentional manner."