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J. (Jori) Snels MA

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Humanities

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  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
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  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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    Jori Snels is a double degree PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is working on a PhD project (2019-2023) funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) in which she researches how contemporary Chinese digital art reflects on the possibilities and challenges of life in a digital society. She graduated with distinction from Art Studies (MPhil) at the University of Amsterdam and in her current research combines her background in art history with methods and theories from China studies, cultural Analysis, and anthropology. Currently, she is taking part in the IMPAKT Full Spectrum Curatorship Programme to develop her curatorial practice.

    Jori has taught philosophy of science in the BA Media & Culture and has been a thesis supervisor in the MA Film Studies. She has published three articles in peer-reviewed journals: ‘Virtual connectedness in times of crisis: Chinese online art exhibitions during the COVID-19 pandemic’ (2021) in World Art; ‘The politics of aesthetics, space and community. An analysis of Same Old, Brand New by Cao Fei’ (2018) in Art and the Public Sphere; and ‘Collaborations between dissidence and obedience. A new perspective on alternative art practice in the GDR’ (2017) Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis.


    2019 - present: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam & Western Sydney University, Australia - PhD in Media Studies (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis & Institute for Culture and Society)
    2015 - 2018: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam - MA Art Studies (cum laude)
    2011 - 2014: Utrecht University, Utrecht - BA Language and Culture Studies (major: Modern art, culture, and history).


    Public speaking

    2022: presentation & panel discussion, Digital Flux Symposium: Towards a Common Imagination, Framer Framed, Amsterdam

    Academic presentations

    2018-2022: Presentations at 10 international conferences, symposia, and workshops.

    Academic events organized

    2021: ASCA International Workshop, “We Are All in this Together”: Connectivity and Community in Isolation
    2018: ACGS Conference, Global Critical Pedagogies
    2017: ACGS Conference, Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement
    2016: ACGS Conference, Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation


    Course lecturer

    2021: Philosophy of the Humanities 2 (Media and Culture), BA Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam

    Thesis supervision

    2020: Two master's students, MA Film Studies, University of Amsterdam

    Guest lectures

    2022: Pandemic Asia, Beyond Europe: Asia, Aesthetics and Politics, MA Graduate School of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
    2020: Digital Asia, Beyond Europe: Asia, Aesthetics and Politics, MA Graduate School of Humanities, University of Amsterdam

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