IASPM Benelux has Elected a New Board for 2019/2020

IASPM Benelux is pleased to announce the election of a new board which will officially commences in September of 2019. Our new board members are Dr. Oliver Seibt (Chair), Dr. Chris Tonelli (Secretary), and Dr. Matthias Heyman (Media Liaison). Current members Pauwke Berkers (Treasurer) and Melanie Schiller (Board Member) will remain on the board in their current positions. Chair Kristin McGee, Secretary Koos Zwaan, and Media Liaison Pedro Bruyckere will step down in September of 2019. Kristin McGee will remain active as advisory board member.

New Members

To the board, we welcome Oliver Seibt, Assistant Professor of Cultural Musicology at the University of Amsterdam as our new Chair.

myprofile_imageOliver began his post as Assistant Professor of Cultural Musicology at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. He earned degrees in musicology (with a specialization in ethnomusicology), cultural anthropology, and Japanese studies at the University of Cologne and gained his Doctorate in 2010 at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media for his dissertation Der Sinn des Augenblicks: Überlegungen zu einer Musikwissenschaft des Alltäglichen. An Uchida Fellowship (The Japan Foundation) supported research for his Magister thesis on the Japanese domestication of “Western popular music” in 1996. Oliver has also worked as a freelancer for EMI Music Germany (1998-2007) and as a research and teaching associate at the Universities of Cologne (2000-2008) and Bern (2008-2009). In 2010, as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Heidelberg University (2009-2012), he conducted research in Japan on the Tokyo visual-kei scene as part of a multi-sited project on the globalization of Japanese popular music. Before taking his position at the University of Amsterdam, he worked as Interim Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cologne (2013) and Frankfurt am Main (2013-2015), and as a guest professor at the University of Vienna (2015-16). During the past six years, he has been actively engaged in the German-speaking branch of IASPM (IASPM D-A-CH) co-founded in 2012. He acted as General Secretary from 2012-2016 and as an Advisory Board Member from 2016-2018. Oliver’s research focuses upon Japanese popular music, everyday life music studies, and the role of the imaginary in musicking.


As General Secretary, we welcome Chris Tonelli, Assistant Professor of Popular Music at the University of Groningen.

photoChris Tonelli began his position as Assistant Professor of Popular Music Studies at the University of Groningen in 2017. He researches music in the areas of global popular music studies, critical musicology, ethnomusicology, community music studies, and sound studies. His has published on transnational flows of popular music in and from Japan in the Journal of World Popular Music; the pico-pico genre/scene in Tokyo in the book Music in Video Games; the chiptune music genre in the Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies; and reception of extranormal vocal timbres in Music & Politics. His current book project, which deals with histories of jazz voice, will appear in 2019 in the Routledge series Transnational Studies in Jazz. Tonelli is passionate about fostering knowledge sharing between scholars across disciplines and cultures and between scholars and non-academic communities. His is also eager to help create opportunities for the IASPM Benelux community to disseminate their work, to find creative ways to collaborate with musicians and musical communities, and to make the musicologies exciting and accessible to as wide a public as possible. He has broad experience working with music and musicology communities in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and now The Netherlands which will provide important experience in contributing new ideas and energy to the IASPM Benelux community.


As our new Media Liaison, we welcome Matthais Heyman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Antwerp.

s200_matthias.heymanAs Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Antwerp, Matthias is currently working on a project researching the value and meaning of jazz competitions. He obtained his PhD at the University of Antwerp in affiliation with the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, where he acquired his MA in Double Bass. His dissertation examined the life and work of Ellington bassist Jimmie Blanton. Currently, Matt teaches music history courses at the Jazz/Pop Studio (Antwerp) and the LUCA School of Arts (Leuven). He has also lectured on jazz history and theory at the University of Amsterdam in 2016–17. As a bassist, Matt has played with Toots Thielemans, Bert Joris, and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, among others. His work has appeared in journals such as Jazz Research Journal (2015, 2017) and Jazz Perspectives (forthcoming), and he has presented at several international conferences, including all Rhythm Changes conferences since 2013 and The Beatles’ White Album Symposium in 2018 (Monmouth University, US). Matt’s research interests are music competitions, Belgian jazz history, and historical recreation in popular music.

Within the board, Matt hopes to build better alliances and connections between the popular music and jazz worlds – both professionally and in the scholarly world. To this end, he seeks to promote major jazz conferences and events such as Rhythm Changes to the Benelux members as well as popular music conferences and topics to his jazz peers too further two-way exchange of knowledge, ideas, and methods. Second, as an active Belgian scholar, Matt seeks to adequately represent especially the Belgian ‘stem’ of the Benelux branch. Being an alumnus of two conservatories (Brussels and Antwerp) and a lecturer at another conservatory (Leuven), he hopes to build an extensive local network in order to better represent the Benelux region.

Continuing Members

Present member Pauwke Berkers will remain our Treasurer

Pauwke Berkers

9fc807ab69d5d2746cc6fb0e93ed0897Pauwke Berkers is Associate Professor of Sociology of Art and Culture in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2013 he received a PhD in the Humanities grant (together with Julian Schaap and Koen van Eijck) for the project Elvis has finally left the building? Boundary Work, Whiteness and the Reception of Rock Music in Comparative Perspective (NWO 322-45-003). His main interests include symbolic and social boundaries, racial/ethnic and gender inequality in the arts, cultural fields, and (not so) popular music.

Current member Melanie Schiller will also stay on as General Board Member.

photo-1Dr. Melanie Schiller is Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Popular Music at the University of Groningen, where she teaches courses on contemporary audiovisual arts, mediality, narrativity, and popular music, politics and resistance. She is the author of Soundtracking Germany: Popular Music and National Identity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Currently, Schiller works on music and populism in the project entitled “Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe,” an international collaboration with Oldenburg University (Germany), University of Technology and Economics in Budapest (Hungary), Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence (Italy), and University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria), financed by the Volkswagen Foundation. This project explores the ways in which popular music functions as a medium for the mainstreaming of populist ideologies in Hungary, Austria, Italy, Germany, and Sweden from a comparative perspective.



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