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J. (Jori) Snels MA

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Humanities

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
Postal address
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • Profile


    Jori Snels is a PhD candidate at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis in the Media Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. She is working on a research project titled Gazing Ahead: China’s Imagined Futures in Digital Art. She graduated in 2018 from the research master (MPhil) Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam, for which she wrote a thesis about the conceptualization of the digital in Chinese digital art. She has published ‘The politics of aesthetics, space and community’ (2018) on Cao Fei’s digital artwork Same Old, Brand New in peer-reviewed journal Art and the Public Sphere, as well as ‘Collaborations between dissidence and obedience’ (2017), on collaborative alternative art practices in the GDR, in Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis.


    PhD project (2019-2023): Gazing Ahead: China’s Imagined Futures in Digital Art

    China is leapfrogging into a digital future. While Western depictions of China’s future tend to be dystopian and those of the Chinese government utopian, this project examines the alternative imaginations of the future that exist in Chinese digital art. It asks: how do Chinese digital art works imagine and construct different futures for China, and what are their social and political implications? The project studies what imaginations of future hyper-urbanization, body modification, and surveillance are anticipated and aspired to in Chinese digital art and analyzes them using posthumanist theory and object-oriented ontology.


    2019 - present: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam - PhD in Media Studies (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)
    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).

    Grants & Scholarships

    2019: Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen, NWO
    2017: A.S.C. Academy Studiefonds, Stichting A.S.C. Academy
    2017: Horizonfonds, University of Amsterdam
    2013: DIA-Stipendium, Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam
    2013: Erasmus Scholarship, European Commission

    Academic events organized

    2018: ACGS Conference, Global Critical Pedagogies
    2017: ACGS Conferewnce, Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement
    2016: ACGS Conference, Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation

    Curated exhibitions

    2015: Artist Collaborations in the Soviet Union and the GDR, The Wende Museum, Los Angeles, USA
    2015: Face to Face, The Wende Museum, Los Angeles, USA
    2013: Vieren en Vergaderen. Het Duitse Huis Verhaalt de Vrede, Grand Hotel Karel V, Utrecht (in collaboration with Utrecht University and Utrecht Archives)

  • Publications




    • Snels, J. (2019). Agency in Chinese Digital Art: An Analysis of Works by Lin Ke and Lu Yang. Abstract from China is Creative!, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


    • Snels, J. (2018). Agency in Chinese Digital Art: An Analysis of How Lin Ke Gives a Voice to Digital Technology. Abstract from ERC Summer School 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Snels, J. (2018). Can the Computer Speak? An Analysis of How Lin Ke Gives Voice to Digital Technology. Abstract from Media tactics and engagements. , Amsterdam, Netherlands.


    • Snels, J. (2020). Prins Bernhard Cultuurfondsbeurs.
    • Snels, J. (2019). PhDs in the Humanities.


    • Snels, J. (2016-2025). The Trans-Asia cultural studies group aims to bring scholars in The Netherlands together who are working on issues related to “Asia,” to read and (…), Trans-Asia Cultural Studies Group.


    • Snels, J. (participant) (24-8-2021 - 27-8-2021). International Convention of Asia Scholars, Kyoto (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Snels, J. (organiser) (23-6-2021 - 25-6-2021). ASCA Workshop 2021, Amsterdam. I am organising the 2021 ASCA Workshop. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Snels, J. (chair) (15-7-2019 - 19-7-2019). International Convention of Asia Scholars, Leiden (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Snels, J. (organiser) (18-10-2018 - 19-10-2018). Global Critical Pedagogies, Amsterdam. Fifth Annual ACGS Conference (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Snels, J. (organiser) (26-10-2017 - 27-10-2017). Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Snels, J. (organiser) (15-12-2016 - 16-12-2016). 3rd annual ACGS conference, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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