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Giselinde Kuipers is an associate professor of cultural sociology at the
University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is also (part-time)
Norbert Elias professor in the Sociology of Long-term Processes at
Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Giselinde studied cultural anthropology at Utrecht University, with
a brief stint at the University of Seville in Spain. In 2001, she received her
PhD in sociology (with distinction) from the University of Amsterdam.
|Before taking up her current
positions, she worked at the department of communication
studies at the University of Amsterdam, spent a year as
visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia (USA), and was a postdoc at Erasmus
Giselinde has published widely in the fields of cultural sociology, the sociology of humor, media studies, and cultural globalization and transnational culture. Much of this research is comparative: Giselinde has done research in several European countries (the Netherlands, France, Italy, Poland, Turkey, the UK) as well as the US. In 2006, she published Good Humor, Bad Taste: A Sociology of the Joke, comparing Dutch and American humor styles.
From 2004 to 2009, she has been working on a research project, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), on the diffusion, translation and reception of American comedy in four European countries.
In 2010, Giselinde Kuipers has started a 5-year research project called "Towards a comparative sociology of beauty: The transnational modelling industry and the social shaping of beauty standards in six European countries". This project is funded with an Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). It has its own website at www.sociologyofbeauty.nl.
Also in 2010, she held her inaugural lecture at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, entitled "Her Majesty's Bicycle: On Sociological Habitus and National Comparison". The English version of this lecture can be found here, the Dutch version here.
Giselinde currently works with PhD students on various topics in the broadly defined field of comparative cultural sociology: Thomas Franssen, Nilyufer Hamid Turksoy, Marcel van den Haak, Sylvia Holla, Skylla Janssen and Elise van der Laan. She has taught introductory courses in sociology, courses on social theory and cultural sociology at theUniversity of Amsterdam, and sociology of media and culture in the research master in sociology of culture, media and the arts at Erasmus University. Since 2012, she is the editor-in-chief of Humor: international journal of humor research. Also, she regularly writes columns for Sociologisch Mokum, the magazine of Amsterdam sociology students.
(Photograph courtesy of Bob Bronshoff.)