Julian Schaap MSc

PhD Candidate / Lecturer


Julian Schaap (Rotterdam, 1988) is a PhD-lecturer in cultural sociology at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. Together with Pauwke Berkers and 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 Julian's 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 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 program, 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.’

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