Dr. P.P.L. (Pauwke) Berkers

Pauwke Berkers
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member
Affiliated since 2012

Pauwke Berkers was born - earlier than expected - on December 6, 1977, the year that punk exploded. Unwilling to leave the beautiful province of Noord Brabant, he studied sociology at Tilburg University, specializing in the sociology of arts and culture. His MA thesis, entitled Rock tegen de rollen: Een onderzoek naar vrouwenpunk en feminisme in Nederland rond 1980, addresses the extent and ways in which female band members have dealt with gender boundaries, drawing on both do-it-yourself and feminist ideologies.

After obtaining his master's degree, he started his PhD project at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His dissertation Classification into the Literary Mainstream? Ethnic Boundaries in the Literary Fields of the United States, the Netherlands and Germany, 1955-2005 (ISBN 978-90-76665-19-1), which was part of a large-scale international research project called Cultural Classification Systems in Transition, discusses how and to what degree ethnic minority authors have become part of the literary mainstream (criticism, policy and history) in the United States, the Netherlands and Germany from 1955 to 2005.

Currently, Pauwke Berkers is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Art and Culture in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2013 he received a PhD in the Humanities grant (together with Julian Schaap and Koen van Eijck) for the project Elvis has finally left the building? Boundary work, whiteness and the reception of rock music in comparative perspective (NWO 322-45-003).

His main interests include symbolic and social boundaries, racial/ethnic and gender inequality in the arts, cultural fields and (not so) popular music.

  • H. de Jager, A.L. Mok & P.P.L. Berkers (2014). Grondbeginselen der sociologie: Inzicht in sociale relaties. Groningen: Noordhoff Uitgevers
  • P.P.L. Berkers & J. Michael (2017). Just what makes today’s music festivals so appealing? In P. Koudstaal (Ed.), Music Brings Us Together (pp. 98-113). Hamburg: Gudberg
  • E. Liukku & P.P.L. Berkers (2016). Kleur bekennen. In KROOST: Rotterdamse cultuurvernieuwers (pp. 75-87). Rotterdam: Rotterdam Festivals
  • P.P.L. Berkers (2014). Waarom heeft Rotterdam geen poppodium? (interview). Erasmus Magazine, 7, 6-7.
  • H. de Jager, A.L. Mok & P.P.L. Berkers (2014). Vijftig jaar Grondbeginselen (interview). Sociologie Magazine, 4 (14), 22-23.
  • 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. Haynes & P.P.L. Berkers (2017). Bristol and Rotterdam: The cultural politics of port cities. 14th IMISCOE Annual Conference Migration, Diversity and the City: Rotterdam (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).
  • 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).
  • Z. Nagy-Sándor & P.P.L. Berkers (2017). From culture to heritage to art: Navigating authenticities in contemporary Hungarian folk singing. Popular Music in Communist and Post-Communist Europe: State of Research Perspectives: Olomouc (2017, maart 28 - 2017, maart 29).
  • 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 (2017). Review of Transglobal Sounds: Music, Youth and Migration. [Bespreking van het boek Transglobal Sounds: Music, Youth and Migration]. Perfect Beat - The Asia-Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture, 18(2), 173-174.
  • P. Mogoş & P.P.L. Berkers (2017). Rock music scenes, youth countercultures and dissent in socialist Romania. Popular Music in Communist and Post-Communist Europe: State of Research Perspectives: Olomouc (2017, maart 28 - 2017, maart 29).
  • L. Van Driel & P.P.L. Berkers (2017). The sound(s) of Rotterdam: Social class, ethnicity and music in the city. Dag van de Sociologie: Annual Meeting of the Dutch and Flemish Sociologists: Brussels (2017, juni 8).
  • F. Weij & P.P.L. Berkers (2016). The politics of music: Western YouTube reception of Pussy Riot’s musical activism. Keep it simple, make it fast! DIY cultures, spaces & places: Porto, Portugal (2016, juli 17 - 2016, juli 21).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2016). (De)constructing a white male space: Gender, race-Ethnicity, and rock music in comparative perspective. American Sociological Association annual meeting: Seattle, United States (2016, augustus 19 - 2016, augustus 23).
  • P.P.L. Berkers & I. Achterbergh (2016). Arts and culture memberships as contemporary gatekeepers of cultural objects. Dag van de Sociologie: Tilburg, the Netherlands (2016, juni 9).
  • T. Trinh Thanh, P.P.L. Berkers & J.C.F. Schaap (2016). Hearing whiteness: race, ethnicity and the evaluation of rock music. Keep it simple, make it fast! DIY cultures, spaces & places: Porto, Portugal (2016, juli 15 - 2017, juli 22).
  • P.P.L. Berkers, J.C.F. Schaap & F. Weij (2016). Guitar wielding women: gender inequality in metal music production in comparative perspective. Keep it simple, make it fast! DIY cultures, spaces & places: Porto, Portugal (2016, juli 17 - 2016, juli 21).
  • P.P.L. Berkers, L. Van der Vlegel & F. Weij (2016). Distinction and performance with guilty pleasures: A Twitter content analysis of ‘bad’ and ‘real’ taste. Doing research on participation: methods and data for understanding everyday participation: Manchester (2016, mei 25 - 2016, mei 26).
  • F. Weij & P.P.L. Berkers (2016). The politics of musical activism: Western YouTube reception of Pussy Riot’s punk performances. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Seattle (2016, augustus 20 - 2016, augustus 23).
  • K. Noordzij, C.J.M. van Eijck & P.P.L. Berkers (2016). De rol van de sociale status van kijkers en geportretteerden in de beoordeling van reality TV. Dag van de Sociologie: Tilburg, the Netherlands (2016, juni 9).
  • L. Van der Vlegel, P.P.L. Berkers & F. Weij (2015). Distinction and performance with #guilty pleasure. Twitter content analysis. Dag van de Sociologie: Amsterdam (2015, mei 27).
  • F. Weij & P.P.L. Berkers (2015). Selective inclusion: communicated cultural identities in YouTube user reception of Pussy Riot’s recorded punk protests. ECREA’s Diaspora, Migration and the Media Section. Conference The porous walls of fortress Europe: Contemporary media discourses of cultural belonging: Rotterdam (2015, november 19 - 2015, november 20).
  • F. Weij, P.P.L. Berkers & J.M. Engelbert (2015). Appealing protest: An analysis of YouTube user comments to Pussy Riot's recorded punk performances. Global Cultures of Contestation Conference: Amsterdam (2015, oktober 15 - 2015, oktober 16).
  • P.P.L. Berkers, F. Weij & J.M. Engelbert (2015). The appeal of protesting musicians: Pussy Riot, mediatization and the construction of cosmopolitan citizenship. 18th Biennial IASPM Conference: Campinas, Brazil (2015, juni 29 - 2015, juli 3).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2015). Whiteness and the online critical and consumer reception of rock and heavy metal music. International Academic Research Conference: Modern Heavy Metal - Markets, Practices and Cultures: Helsinki, Finland (2015, juni 8 - 2015, juni 11).
  • P.P.L. Berkers & J.C.F. Schaap (2015). (De)constructing a white space: Boundary work, whiteness and the reception of rock music in Rotterdam. Conference Keep it simple, make it fast! Crossing borders of underground music scenes: Porto, Portugal (2015, juli 13 - 2015, juli 17).
  • F. Weij, P.P.L. Berkers & J.M. Engelbert (2014). The appeal of protesting artists: Western solidarity with Pussy Riot and the construction of cosmopolitan citizenship. Dag van de Sociologie: Antwerpen (2014, mei 28).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2014). Net zoals Jimi Hendrix: Whiteness, etno - raciale grenzen, en de receptie van rock muziek in de Verenigde Staten, 2003 - 2013. Dag van de Sociologie: Antwerpen (2014, mei 28).
  • 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).
  • F. Weij, P.P.L. Berkers & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Punk as vehicle: The role of music in the reception of Pussy Riot’s political activism. 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).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2014). Sounds like Bad Brains: Whiteness and the critical reception of rock music in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands. 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).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2014). So You Think You Can Grunt: Gender and Musical Careers in Online and Offline Metal Scenes. Symposium Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal: York (2014, april 11).
  • 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.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2013). Grunting Alone: Online Gender Inequality in Extreme Metal Music. Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap: Rotterdam (2013, februari 7 - 2013, februari 8).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2013). Grunting Alone: Online Gender Inequality in Extreme Metal Music. POPID Conference: Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity: Rotterdam (2013, januari 30 - 2013, februari 1).
  • L. van der Jagt & P.P.L. Berkers (2013). ‘Dit is niet om te lachen’: Karaoke als ironische consumptie. Dag van de sociologie: Nijmegen (2013, mei 30).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2013). Just like Hendrix: Whiteness and the reception of rock music in the United States, 2000-2013. Conference 'Traveling Whiteness: Interchanges in the Study of Whiteness': Turku (Finland) (2013, oktober 18 - 2013, oktober 19).
  • P.P.L. Berkers & J.C.F. Schaap (2013). So you think you can grunt? Gender and musical careers in online and offline metal scenes. Conference 'Music Gender Difference: Intersectional and Postcolonial Perspectives on Musical Fields': Vienna (Austria) (2013, oktober 10 - 2013, oktober 12).
  • P.P.L. Berkers & J.C.F. Schaap (2013). So you think you can grunt? Gender and musical careers in online and offline metal scenes. ESA Conference, Sociology of Culture Section: Torino (Italy) (2013, augustus 28 - 2013, augustus 31).
  • P.P.L. Berkers, M.N.M. Verboord & F. Weij (2012). Gender ongelijkheid in de dagbladberichtgeving over kunst en cultuur in Frankrijk, Duitsland, Nederland en de Verenigde Staten, 1955-2005. Annual Meeting of the Dutch and Flemish Sociologists (Dag van de Sociologie): Utrecht (2012, mei 24 - 2012, mei 24).
  • P.P.L. Berkers, M.N.M. Verboord & F. Weij (2012). Gender boundaries in the newspaper coverage of art and culture in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, 1955-2005. European Sociological Association Conference: Culture, Communication and Creativity: Berlijn (2012, september 5 - 2012, september 7).
  • J.C.F. Schaap & P.P.L. Berkers (2012). Tough Girls, Tough Luck: Gender Inequality in the Online and offline Metal Scene. European Sociological Association Conference: Culture, Communication and Creativity: Berlijn (2012, september 7 - 2012, september 7).
  • P.P.L. Berkers (2005). Allochtoniciteit in de literatuur : Nationale repertoires en de beoordeling van etnische literatuur in Frankrijk, Duitsland, Nederland en de Verenigde Staten, 1955-2005. Vijfde Marktdag Sociologie: Brussel (2005, juni 2 - 2005, juni 2).

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