Niels van Poecke MA

Lecturer / PhD Candidate

Biographical Note

Niels van Poecke (1983) is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Department of Art and Culture Studies. He grew up in the city of Terneuzen in the south-west of the Netherlands, where he developed a taste for popular music, most notably blues music. Between 2001 and 2007, he studied Art and Culture studies (BA), Sociology of Arts and Culture (MA), and Philosophy of Science (MA) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After obtaining his MA degree in 2007, he became a programme maker for the Studium Generale of Erasmus University, where he organized academic, cultural and societal lectures and debates for students and the Rotterdam public.

During his studies, he combined his passion for popular music with his interest for sociological and philosophical issues, culminating in a MA thesis on the formation of taste in Americana music among Dutch aficionados, as well as a MA thesis on blues music, Greek tragedy and the philosophy of Nietzsche. The latter thesis was titled The tragedy of tragedy: on Nietzsche, Wagner and blues music, which was rewarded with the ‘Nationale Popscriptie Prijs 2007’ and got published at Klement/Pelckmans publishers His fields of interest include aesthetics, popular (music) culture, sociology of art and culture, narrative theory, and qualitative research methods.    

His PhD research (working title: Reshaping Authenticity) focuses on studying the production, reception and aesthetics of indie-folk music in the Netherlands (1992-present). Furthermore, he teaches the following courses: Academic Skills, Introduction to Cultural Policy and Introduction to Aesthetics. He occasionally writes about sociology, aesthetics and popular music culture for the webzine Notes on metamodernism.