I am a lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and program director for the Bachelor's programs in Art History, Music Studies, Theatre Studies, and Global Arts, Culture, and Politics within the same department. My academic background is in anthropology, history, and archaeology; my research is interdisciplinary and generally focuses on the discursive quality of (historical) architecture and the politics of social space. More specifically, I publish on perceptions and uses of historical elite architecture based on letters, diaries or fiction, and (in collaboration with Wouter van Elburg) on the demolition of urban architecture (in print and online: https://amsterdamsloopt.nl/). Two very recent publications include the inaugural lecture for my professorship by special appointment at Groningen University (see: https://shorturl.at/efqK7) and an edited volume on ‘the fiction of the country house’ (Van Gorcum) co-edited with Arnon Grunberg. Occasionally, I also delve into the history of the cat as a symbol of counterculture (see for instance the 2023 article written with Harry Reddick https://humanimalia.org/article/view/13534/19684).