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Dr. O.K. (Olga) Sooudi

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas
Fotograaf: Danka Kordas

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer: B5.04
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
  • Profile


    Olga Sooudi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.  She is a member of the AISSR Moving Matters Research Group. Olga is also a member of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Academic Committee.

    In 2011-2013, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Yale University, and her BA from Duke University.


    Olga's research interests include migration, cities, art worlds, artists, and cultural translation, and draw upon ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Tokyo, New York City, and most recently, Mumbai.

    Her first book, Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World Stage (University of Hawai'i Press, 2014), is an ethnography of Japanese migrant artists to New York City, and returnees to Japan. Based on over two years of fieldwork in New York and Tokyo, it follows Japanese migrants as they seek to fashion themselves into successful artists--be it painter, fashion designer, or musician--in New York City.  It examines mobility as creative practice through realms of everyday work and activity, artistic production, and media and narrative.      

    Her latest research is a project on the contemporary art scene in Mumbai, extending her longstanding interests in how art worlds and creative production are shaped through globalization and urban life.


    I teach in Anthropology, ASW (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA), and the Masters program in Contemporary Asian Studies. I also supervise masters students in CAS, Anthropology MA, and the RMSS program. Current and past courses taught include:

    • East and Central Asia, MA Contemporary Asian Studies
    • Anthropology of Modern Asia 
    • Youth Cultures in Transnational Context (ASW)
    • Age, City, Work (ASW)
    • BA Thesis class (ASW)
    • Urban Anthropology 
    • Asian Cities
    • Introduction to East Asia: Powerhouse and Politics


    Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World Stage
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  • Publicaties


    • Sooudi, O. K. (Accepted/In press). Neoliberalism and sustainability in the art ecosystem. In S. Patel, D. Parthasarathy, & G. Jose (Eds.), Mumbai/Bombay: Neoliberal Majoritarianism, Informality, Resistance and Wellbeing Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


    • Sooudi, O. K. (Accepted/In press). From Mumbai to London: Co-constituting value in art from India via local and global circuits of valuation. In Global art in local artworlds: De-centering and re-centering Europe in the global hierarchy of value (Materializing Culture). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.






    • Sooudi, O. K. (2014). Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World-Stage. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. [details]


    • Sooudi, O. K. (2012). Art patron as 'taste scapegoat'? Complicity and disavowal in Mumbai's contemporary art world. Etnofoor, 24(2), 123-143. [details]



    • Sooudi, O. K. (2010). Connoisseurs of urban life: aesthetic practices and the everyday among Japanese migrants in New York City. In R. G. Davis, D. Fischer-Nornung, & J. C. Kardux (Eds.), Aesthetic practices and politics in media, music, and art: performing migration (pp. 212-226). (Routledge research in cultural and media studies; No. 26). New York: Routledge. [details]



    • Sooudi, O. (2018). The New Infrastructure for Art and the Rise of Neoliberal Economies in the Gulf: Auction Houses, Galleries, Fairs and the Art Market in the Middle East and Beyond. In S. Mikdadi, & N. Shabout (Eds.), The Global Circulation of Art and the New Markets: Abu Dhabi Art Talks 2018 (pp. 36-39). Abu Dhabi: Department of Culture and Tourism, for Abu Dhabi Art. [details]


    • Sooudi, O. K. (2017). Remaking Japan through Transnational Encounters, Difference, and Struggles for Social Equality: [Review of: J.D. Hankins (2014) Working skin : making leather, making a multicultural Japan; I.-A. Laemmerhirt (2013) Embracing differences : transnational cultural flows between Japan and the United States; D.J. Milly (2014) New policies for new residents : immigrants, advocacy, and governance in Japan and beyond; K. Tsuchiya (2014) Reinventing citizenship : Black Los Angeles, Korean Kawasaki, and community participation]. The Journal of Asian Studies, 76(3), 802-812. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911817000651 [details]



    • Sooudi, O. (2016-2020). Member of Academic Committee, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden.


    • Sooudi, O. (speaker) (14-11-2018). Navigating the system: how artists relate to galleries and alternative art spaces in Mumbai, Abu Dhabi Art Talks, Abu Dhabi Art .


    • Nooteboom, G. (organiser), Sooudi, O. K. (organiser) & Baas, M. (participant) (12-6-2018 - 13-6-2018). Movement as Interregnum: People, Technologies, Goods, and Ideas, Singapore (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sooudi, O. (participant) (2018 - 2019). Judge for ICAS Book Prize, Social Sciences Reading Committee, ICAS (other).
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