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dr. J.W. (Jaap) Kooijman

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
Photographer: Jelle Rietveld

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
  • Room number:2.12
Postal address
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
  • Profiel


     Jaap Kooijman (Amsterdam 1967 / PhD American Studies Amsterdam 1999)

    - Associate Professor Mediastudies and American Studies
    - author of Fabricating the Absolute Fake: America in Contemporary Pop Culture (revised and extended
      edition, AUP 2013)
    - co-founding editor NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies
    - editor European Journal of Cultural Studies

  • English


    Jaap Kooijman is an associate professor in Media Studies and American Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His articles on American pop culture and politics have been published in journals such as The Velvet Light Trap, European Journal of Cultural Studies, The Journal of American Culture, Post Script, Journal of International Education, Presidential Studies Quaterly, GLQ, Celebrity Studies, and Thamyris, as well as in essay collections published by NYU Press, UP of Mississippi, Routledge, Ashgate, Amsterdam UP, Edinbourgh UP, Wallflower Press, and UP of Kentucky. He is the author of Fabricating the Absolute Fake: America in Contemporary Pop Culture (AUP 2008), for which he won the 2009 ASCA Book Award. A second - extended and revised - edition was published in 2013. Together with Patricia Pisters and Wanda Strauven, he has edited the collection Mind the Screen (AUP 2008). Kooijman is associate editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies and co-founding editor of NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies.

    Personal website

    Fabricating the Absolute Fake

    The pageantry of Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show, the Coca-Cola empire, Michael Jackson's turn from the King of Pop into an iconic global recluse: American pop culture - Hollywood cinema, television, pop music - dominates the rest of the world through its hegemonic presence. Does that make everyone a hybridized American, or do these elements find mediation within the other cultures that consume them?

    Fabricating the Absolute Fake applies concepts of postmodern theory - Baudrillard's hyperreality and Eco's "absolute fake," among others - to this globally mediated American pop culture in order to examine both the phenomenon itself and its appropriation in the Netherlands, as evidenced by such diverse cultural icons as the Elvis-inspired crooner Lee Towers, the Moroccan-Dutch rapper Ali B, musical tributes to an assassinated politician, and the Dutch reality soap opera scene. A fascinating exploration of how global cultures struggle to create their own " America " within a post-9/11 media culture, Fabricating the Absolute Fake reflects on what it might mean to truly take part in American pop culture.

    A brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable work of cultural critique, Fabricating the Absolute Fake takes seemingly exhausted concepts like "Americanization" and turns them on their head. Refusing simple binaries between the fake and the authentic, or between cultural imperialism and native resistance, Kooijman demonstrates just how flexible the signifiers of Americanness can be when they circulate globally.
    Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, New York University

    Most daring and persuasive is Kooijman's ability to move between and connectthe most delicious pop and the most searing political events (9/11, the murder of Pim Fortuyn),never evading the seriousness of entertainment nor the spectacle of politics. A book that is a pleasure for what it conveys of its subject and for its intellectual rigor, managing to be at once subtle and straightforward, complex and lucid.
    Richard Dyer, Film Studies, King's College London

    This book will be an eye opener for its readers. Fabricating the Absolute Fake shows that pop culture is more than ephemeral entertainment. When looked at with Kooijman's cosmopolitan eye, pop culture can be seen as a continuing ritual in celebration of national identities, America 's identity for sure, but also, intriguingly, a Dutch or even European sense of self.
    Rob Kroes, American Studies, University of Amsterdam

    AUP website

  • Publication list


    • Jaap Kooijman, Fabricating the Absolute Fake: America in Contemporary Pop Culture , Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008.
    • Jaap Kooijman, ... And the Pursuit of National Health: The Incremental Strategy Toward National Health Insurance in the United States of America , Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1999.

    Edited books and academic journals

    • Jaap Kooijman, Patricia Pisters, and Wanda Strauven (editors), Mind the Screen: Media Concepts According toThomas Elsaesser , Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008.
    • Jaap Kooijman and Giselinde Kuipers (editors), "Amerikaanse toestanden!" special theme issue,  Sociologie 4:2 (August 2008), in Dutch.

    Articles in academic journals

    • Jaap Kooijman, "Fok de macht: Nederlandse popcultuur als karaoke-Amerikanisme," Sociologie 4:2 (August 2008): 98-101, in Dutch.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Turn the Beat Around: Richard Dyer's 'In Defence of Disco' Revisited," European Journal of Cultural Studies 8:2 (2005): 257-266.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "They're Here, They're Queer, and Straight America Loves It," section of Chris Straayer and Tom Waugh (editors), "Queer TV Style," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 11:1 (2005): 95-117, 106-109.
    • Jaap Kooijman, Jude Davies, Linda Berg-Cross, Laura Copier, and Aisha Asby, "International Education, the Internet, and the Three Kings Experiment," Journal of Studies in International Education 8:2 (Summer 2004): 207-223.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Outside in America: George Michael's Music Video, Public Sex, and Global Pop Culture," European Journal of Cultural Studies 7:1 (February 2004): 27-41.
    • Jaap Kooijman and Tarja Laine, " American Psycho : A Double Portrait of Serial Yuppie Patrick Bateman," Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 22:3 (Summer 2003): 46-56.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "From Elegance to Extravaganza: The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show as a Presentation of Beauty," The Velvet Light Trap 49 (Spring 2002): 4-17.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Soon or Later On: FDR and National Health Insurance, 1933-1945," Presidential Studies Quarterly   29:2 (June 1999): 336-350.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Zo dood als Elvis Presley: Het debat over een nationale ziektekostenverzekering in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika," De Nieuwste Tijd   12 (Fall 1999): 59-66, in Dutch.

    Book chapters

    • Jaap Kooijman, "Cruising the Channels: The Queerness of Zapping," in Glyn Davis and Gary Needham, Queer TV , London/New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Pleasures of the Orient: Cadinot's Maghreb as a Gay Pornotopia," in Murat Aydemir (editor), Indiscretions: At the Intersection Between Queer and Postcolonial Theory , Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, forthcoming.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Amsterdamned Global Village: A Cinematic Site of Karaoke Americanism," in Jaap Kooijman, Patricia Pisters, and Wanda Strauven (editors), Mind the Screen: Media Concepts According to Thomas Elsaesser , Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008: 188-197.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Michael Jackson: Motown 25 , Pasadena Civic Auditorium, March 25, 1983," in Ian Inglis (editor), Performance and Popular Music: History, Place, and Time , Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006: 119-127.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Let's Make Things Better: Hyper-Americanness in Dutch Pop Culture," in Kate Delaney and Ruud Janssens (editors), Over (T)here: Transatlantic Essays in Honor of Rob Kroes , Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2005: 82-95.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Family Portrait: Queering the Nuclear Family in François Ozon's Sitcom ," in Patricia Pisters and Wim Staat (editors), Shooting the Family: Transnational Media and Intercultural Values , Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005: 73-87.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "'Ain't No Mountain High Enough': Diana Ross as American Pop-Cultural Icon of the 1960s," in AvitalBloch and Lauri Umansky (editors), Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960s , New York: New York University Press, 2005: 152-173.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Bombs Bursting in Air: The Gulf War, 9/11, and the Super Bowl Performances of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey," in Ruud Janssens and Rob Kroes (editors), Post-Cold War Europe, Post-Cold War America , Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2004: 178-193.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Triumphant Black Pop Divas on the Wide Screen: Lady Sings The Blues and Tina: What's Love Got To Do With It ," in Ian Inglis (editor), Popular Music and Film , London / New York: Wallflower Press, 2003: 178-192.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "A Juxtaposition of Conflicting Images: Hubert H. Humphrey and the Television Coverage of Chicago 1968," in Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor (editors), Hollywood's White House: The American Presidency in Film and History , Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003: 225-240.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Travelling Star Image: The Crossovers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and RuPaul," in Nancy Pedri (editor), Travelling Concepts III: Memory, Narrative, Image , Amsterdam: ASCA, 2003: 329-340.
    • Sudeep Dasgupta and Jaap Kooijman, "Kijken 'tussen' twee culturen. Watching Driving Miss Palmen ," in Tessa Boerman, Patricia Pisters, and Joes Segal (editors), Beeldritsen: visuele cultuur en etnische diversiteit in Nederland , Amsterdam: Uitgeverij de Balie, 2003: 76-87, in Dutch.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Can't Forget the Motor City: The Move of Motown from Detroit to Los Angeles," in Hans Krabbendam, Marja Roholl, and Tity de Vries (editors), The American Metropolis: Image and Inspiration , Amsterdam Free University Press, 2001: 214-224.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "National Health Insurance," in Maurine H. Beasley, Holly C. Shulman and Henry R. Beasley (editors), The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia , Westport: Greenwood Press, 2001: 365-366.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Just Forget About It: FDR's Ambivalence Towards National Health Insurance," in Robert A. Garson and Stuart S. Kidd (editors), The Roosevelt Years: New Perspectives on American History, 1933-1945 , Edinburgh University Press, 1999: 30-41.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "Licked By a Groupof Doctors: The Exclusion of a National Health Insurance Program from the Social Security Act of 1935," in Hans Bak, Frits van Holthoon, and Hans Krabbendam (editors), Social and Secure? Politics and Culture of the Welfare State: A Comparative Inquiry, Amsterdam Free University Press, 1996: 129-145.
    • Jaap Kooijman, "De noodzaak van aanhalingstekens: een pleidooi voor de zogenaamde 'political correctness' binnen de Amerikanistiek," in Frits van Holthoon, Wil Verhoeven, and Tity de Vries (editors), Amerikanisten: Werk in Uitvoering , Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 1995: 144-150, in Dutch.
  • Publications



    • Hermes, J., Kooijman, J., Littler, J., & Wood, H. (2017). On the move: Twentieth anniversary editorial of the European Journal of Cultural Studies. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(6), 595-605. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2017). I Want My MTV, We Want Our TMF: The Music Factory, MTV Europe, and Music Television in the Netherlands, 1995-2011. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 6(11), 93-101. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2017). The Boxed Aesthetic and Metanarratives of Stardom: Analyzing Music Videos on DVD Compilations. In G. Arnold, D. Cookney, K. Fairclough, & M. Goddard (Eds.), Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media (pp. 231-244). New York: Bloomsbury Academic. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2017). To Critique Affect by Means of Affect. Cinema Journal, 56(4), 146-148. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2017). Whitewashing the Dreamgirls: Beyoncé, Diana Ross, and the Commodification of Blackness. In S. Q. Yu, & G. Austin (Eds.), Revisiting Star Studies: Cultures, Themes and Methods (pp. 105-124). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [details]


    • Hermes, J., & Kooijman, J. (2016). The Everyday Use of Celebrities. In P. D. Marschall, & S. Redmond (Eds.), A Companion to Celebrity (pp. 483-496). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2016). Success: Richard Dyer on Diana Ross [and Beyond]. [In] Transition, 2(4). [details]
    • de Kloet, J., & Kooijman, J. (2016). Karaoke Americanism Gangnam Style: K-pop, Wonder Girls, and the Asian Unpopular. In M. Lüthe, & S. Pöhlmann (Eds.), Unpopular Culture (pp. 113-128). (Televisual culture). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]


    • Kooijman, J. (2015). Teaching American Psycho. The Cine-Files, 9, [7]. [details]



    • Kooijman, J. (2013). Fabricating the absolute fake: America in contemporary pop culture. - Revised and extended edition. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2013). The King of Pop and the President of Cool: Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, and Celebrity Culture. In A. M. Fellner, S. Hamscha, K. Heissenberger, & J. J. Moos (Eds.), Is It 'Cause It's Cool?: Affective Encounters with American Culture (pp. 141-160). (American Studies in Austria; No. 13). Wien: LIT Verlag. [details]


    • Kooijman, J. (2012). Dreaming the American Nightmare: The Cultural Life of 9/11. In C. Meiner, & K. Veel (Eds.), The Cultural Life of Catastrophes and Crises (pp. 177-190). (Concepts for the study of culture; No. 3). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter. [details]


    • Kooijman, J. (2011). Americans we never were: teaching American popular culture in the Netherlands. The Journal of American Culture, 34(1), 16-25. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2011). Pleasures of the Orient: Cadinot's Maghreb as Gay Male Pornotopia. In M. Aydemir (Ed.), Indiscretions: at the intersection of queer and postcolonial theory (pp. 97-111). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex and race; No. 22). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details]


    • Copier, L., Kooijman, J., & Vander Stichele, C. (2010). Close encounters: the Bible as pre-text in popular culture. In P. Culbertson, & E. M. Wainwright (Eds.), The Bible in/and popular culture: a creative encounter (pp. 189-195). (Semeia studies; No. 65). Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2010). The Oprahfication of 9/11: September 11, the war in Iraq, and The Oprah Winfrey show. In T. T. Cotten, & K. Springer (Eds.), Stories of Oprah: the Oprahfication of American culture (pp. 131-144). Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. [details]


    • Kooijman, J. (2009). Are we all Americans? 9/11 and discourses of multiculturalism in the Netherlands. In D. Rubin, & J. Verheul (Eds.), American multiculturalism after 9/11: transatlantic perspectives (pp. 181-190). (New debates in American studies). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2009). Contemporary Dutch cinema and Hollywood. In H. Krabbendam, C. A. van Minnen, & G. Scott-Smith (Eds.), Four centuries of Dutch-American relations 1609-2009 (pp. 1060-1070). Amsterdam: Boom. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2009). Cruising the channels: the queerness of zapping. In G. Davis, & G. Needham (Eds.), Queer TV: theories, histories, politics (pp. 159-171). London [etc.]: Routledge. [details]


    • Kooijman, J., & Kuipers, G. (2008). Amerikaanse toestanden! Sociologie, 4(2-3), 109-114. [details]



    • Kooijman, J. (2010). Wie is toch die man wiens naam op de Donald Duck staat? De verwezenlijkte utopie van Walt Disney [Bespreking van: M. Barrier (2007) The animated man: a life of Walt Disney]. De Academische Boekengids, 83, 13-14. [details]


    • Kooijman, J. (2008). Fabricating the absolute fake: America in contemporary pop culture. [Amsterdam]: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2008). Amsterdamned global village: a cinematic site of karaoke Americanism. In J. Kooijman, P. Pisters, & W. Strauven (Eds.), Mind the screen: media concepts according to Thomas Elsaesser (pp. 188-197). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Kooijman, J. (2008). Fok de macht: Nederlandse popcultuur als karaoke-amerikanisme. Sociologie, 4(2-3), 195-207. [details]
    • Kooijman, J., Pisters, P., & Strauven, W. (2008). Mind the screen: media concepts according to Thomas Elsaesser. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Kooijman, J., Pisters, P., & Strauven, W. (2008). A looking glass for old and new screens. In J. Kooijman, P. Pisters, & W. Strauven (Eds.), Mind the screen: media concepts according to Thomas Elsaesser (pp. 9-15). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]


    • Kooijman, J. (2014). De politiek van de zichtbaarheid. In A. van Dam (Ed.), Roze in beeld (pp. 18-23). Utrecht: Xanten. [details]

    Journal editor

    • Kuipers, G. M. M. (editor) & Kooijman, J. W. (editor) (2008). Sociologie (Journal).
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