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Julian Schaap (Rotterdam, 1988) is assistant professor sociology of music at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. His research focuses on stratification and well-being in cultural production and consumption practices, with popular music in particular. For more information, please see:

Combining cognitive and cultural sociology with the sociology of ethno-racial/gender stratification, Julian studied the (re)production of whiteness and masculinity of rock music reception for his dissertation research. For this project, entitled Elvis has finally left the building? Boundary work, whiteness and the reception of rock music in comparative perspective, he received grants from NWO, Fulbright (for a visiting scholarship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA) and the Erasmus Trustfonds. He defended his dissertation (cum laude) in October 2019 and received multiple awards for his work, including the Praemium Erasmianum Dissertation Prize 2020 and the Erasmus University Research Award 2020. In 2018, Julian published a book on gender inequality in metal music production, together with Pauwke Berkers (ESHCC).

Aside from teaching various courses in sociology of culture, Julian is co-organizer of a recurring series of artistic symposia called Music Talks, and he is coordinator of the educational minor program Mu$ic: The economy, sociology and practice of popular music, a unique collaboration between Codarts University of the Arts and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Research interests: *culture, stratification, well-being, popular music*

Onderzoeksinteresses: *cultuur, ongelijkheid, welzijn, populaire muziek*

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


  • M Music
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HM Sociology

ERMeCHS research clusters

  • MICS - Music, Industry, Culture, Society
  • PCI - Popular Culture and Inequalities


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