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Arno van der Hoeven MSc

Lecturer/PhD Candidate




Biographical Note

Arno van der Hoeven is a lecturer in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has studied in Nijmegen, Leuven and Antwerp. In 2009, he graduated cum laude in Communication Science (Radboud University Nijmegen) and in 2010 obtained his Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Antwerp (graduating with great distinction). In September 2010, Arno started working as a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University. In the spring of 2013, he was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Communication Studies in Leeds. Arno is a member of the editorial board of Sociologie Magazine and a board member of the Rotterdam based heritage organization DIG it UP. His main research interests include media studies, cultural identity and cultural memory.


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On Thursday 27 November 2014, Arno will defend his dissertation, entitled ‘Popular Music Memories: Places and practices of popular music heritage, memory and cultural identity’.


Ever since the late 1950s, people have grown up with popular music as an important element of their daily lives. This dissertation explores the connections between popular music memories, cultural identity and cultural heritage, looking at the different ways in which popular music is remembered and evokes memories. In so doing, the dissertation examines the various memory practices of the cultural and heritage industries, ranging from the bottom-up activities of music preservation by fans to institutional forms of popular music heritage in museums. The studies presented in this work draw on interviews with heritage practitioners, cultural industry workers and music audiences. The research reveals the meanings of popular music memories for the cultural identities of individuals and communities. It also demonstrates how these memories enable a sense of self and identity and time and place.