Frank Weij, MSc

PhD Candidate

Biographical Note

Frank Weij (Rotterdam, 1987) is a PhD-lecturer at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Together with Koen van Eijck, Pauwke Berkers and Jiska Engelbert, he received a five-year grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO) to pursue his PhD on the topic of geopolitics and art activism. This research project is entitled ‘Geopolitics of artivism: comparing the attribution of societal impact and artistic qualities in the Western reception of art activists from democratic and authoritarian regimes.’ For more information and updates on the research project, please visit the project’s Facebook page.

Frank studied Arts and Culture Studies (BA) along with Philosophy (BA) and in 2014 finished his Research Master Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts (MSc), at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Graduating on various topics within the fields of cultural sociology and philosophy, his research mainly focuses on the reception of art and artists by Western media platforms and media audiences. During his research master, Frank has spend six months at Northwestern University in Chicago. During this time he gained an interest in innovative computational research methods, with which he aims to bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative research.