prof. dr. Ginette Verstraete

prof. dr., Professor of Comparative Arts and Media

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Ginette Verstraete came to the VU as Professor of Comparative Arts and Media in 2006. Prior to that she held the Simone de Beauvoir Chair in Contemporary Intellectual History at UvA and was Assistant Professor of Literature and Culture at Maastricht University. She holds a BA in English and Dutch from Antwerp University, an MA in Anglo-Irish Studies from UC Dublin, and a PhD in CompLit from SUNY/Buffalo.

She was Visiting Prof/Scholar at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, NYU, CEU Budapest, Open University (GB) and was invited as Jean Monnet Scholar at U of Florida

She sits on the Boards of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis and of the Research School for Media Studies.

She has participated in numerous PhD jury committees in the Netherlands, and has supervised various PhD's and postdocs, among whom Ward Rennen (UvA, 2007), Huub van Baar (UvA, 2011), Aniko Imre (UvA, 2007), Elise Noyez (VU, ), Joana Meroz (VU, 2018),  Bernadette Schrandt (VU, in progress).



At the VU she participates in the BA Media, Art, Design & Archit., in the MA Comparative Arts and Media Studies and in the Humanities Research MA. She teaches courses on Visual Analysis, Media & Cultural Theory, Methodologies, Reading Concepts of Intermediality, Critical Issues in the Cultural Industries. She supervises various BA and MA theses.


Key words: media and cultural theory; mobility; space & place; media & cities

Current research explores the significance of participatory urbanism in Western Europe, from 1960s to the current moment and focuses on the role that media, art and design have played in this. Several scholars have noticed the growing importance of participation in various fields but so far no sustained analysis exists that traces the shifts in meaning and practice in exemplary urban projects from the perspective of media, art and design, while paying attention to the larger socio-political transitions. 

Part of this research, entitled RE-Source, focuses on the transition towards a circular ecology in the city of Rotterdam and the role designers can play in this. It has been funded by an NWO-SIA Grant Smart Culture (2017-20) in a consortium with VU, Design Academy Eindhoven, Studio Ester van de Wiel and Municipality of Rotterdam. For more info:

Re-Source has won the Dutch Design Award 2019 in the category Design Research.

Previous research took place in two AHRC-NWO Research Networks (hosted by Universities of London and Amsterdam), one on Underground Cultures; the other on Cities and Visual Interruptions

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Grants were endowed by Belgian-Irish National Program, Fulbright Foundation (several), SUNY/Buffalo, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research/NWO (several), European Science Foundation, German Federal Cultural Foundation, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, VU-UvA Creative Industries (several), KNAW-Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies.

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graffiti Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
diaspora Social Sciences
rhetoric Social Sciences
aesthetics Social Sciences
paradigm Social Sciences
Southeastern Europe Social Sciences
art Social Sciences

Research Output 2006 2019

Chewing Gum and Graffiti: Aestheticized City Rhetoric in Post-2008 Athens

Verstraete, G. E. E. & Ampatzidou, C., Jan 2019, Visualizing the Street: New Practices of Documenting, Navigating and Imagining the City. Dibazar, P. & Naeff, J. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 187-206 20 p. (Cities and Cultures).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
public space

Interfacing Genk: Citizen Participation and Critical Urban Intelligence.

Verstraete, G. & Huybrechts, L., Mar 2019, In : Leonardo Electronic Almanac. 22, 4

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

RE-Source: Ontwerpend onderzoek naar de circulaire stad

Verstraete, G. (ed.), van de Wiel, E. (ed.), Hamers, D. (ed.) & Adriaanse, J. (ed.), Oct 2019, Design Academy Eindhoven, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Studio Ester van de Wiel, Gemeente Rotterdam. 130 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingPopular

Vijf Voorstellen voor een Circulaire Ecologie

Verstraete, G., Oct 2019, RE-Source: Ontwerpend Onderzoek naar de Circulaire Stad. van de Wiel, E., Adriaanse, J., Hamers, D. & Verstraete, G. (eds.). Eindhoven, Rotterdam en Amsterdam: Design Academy Eindhoven, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Studio Ester van de Wiel, Gemeente Rotterdam, p. 94-109 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterPopular

Transnational Material Politics: Constructions of Dutch Design, 1970-2012

Ozório de Almeida Meroz, J., 2018, 288 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Activities 2009 2009

  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

European Journal of Cultural Studies (Journal)

G.E.E. Verstraete (Member of editorial board), A. Imre (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Introduction & Conclusion

I.L. Blom (Speaker), G.E.E. Verstraete (Speaker)
12 Jun 2009

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic