Vincent Baptist MA
Phone number: 0104082571
Area(s) of interest: Dutch History, Modern & Contemporary History, Popular Culture, Urban History
His doctoral research is embedded within the European HERA-funded project ‘Pleasurescapes: Port Cities’ Transnational Forces of IntegrationOpens external’. As part of this collaborative project, he investigates public spaces of entertainment that were located in the city of Rotterdam throughout the period 1870-1975. He is also affiliated with the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus research consortium ‘PortCityFuturesOpens external‘, and with Huizinga Instituut, the national research school for Cultural History in the Netherlands.
Vincent previously worked as a Pre PhD Fellow within the digital humanities research program CREATE (Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective) at the University of Amsterdam, where he developed a geospatial analysis of film exhibition and consumption in early 20th century Amsterdam. This research was partially linked to the CLARIAH Amsterdam Time Machine project. Prior to this, he worked as a student assistant at CREATE, and developed the research project ‘Mapping European Performing Arts Data’. From 2018 to 2020, he was also an editorial assistant for NECSUS – European Journal of Media Studies.
Vincent obtained a Research Master in Media Studies (University of Amsterdam), with special research interests into film festivals, processes of film circulation and distribution, as well as cinematic practices of slowness and stasis. He also holds a BA in Media Studies (University of Amsterdam) and a BSc in Business Economics (KU Leuven).
Pleasure in the Port: Spatial Histories of Notorious Entertainment Culture in Rotterdam
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Project: Pleasurescapes: Port Cities’ Transnational Forces of Integration (HERA project) Promotor & co-promotor: Prof. Dr. Paul van de Laar & Prof. Dr. Ben Wubs Aanstelling: Vanaf juli 2019
This PhD research is embedded within the collaborative HERA project Pleasurescapes: Port Cities’ Transnational Forces of Integration, which explores the relations between European port cities’ public spaces, culture and integration by means of popular culture. It asks for the ways in which public spaces of entertainment in European port cities, termed ‘pleasurescapes’, have unfolded cultural and social forces of integration in the past and present and thereby fostered traits of modern European urban practices.
These pleasurescapes can be seen as transnational microcosms, representing conformity and rebellion at the same time. They are also characterized as public zones of encounter and melting pots for divergent classes, cultures and religions. In studying the past and present of European port cities’ pleasurescapes, this project gains insights into Europe’s cultural pluralism. Within the overarching HERA project, four cities and their pleasurescapes are of special interest (Hamburg (DE), Rotterdam (NL), Barcelona (ES) and Gothenburg (SE)) in revealing the fundamental societal importance of pleasure culture.
This specific PhD project focuses on three particular pleasurescapes (Zandstraatbuurt, Schiedamsedijk and Katendrecht) that could be found in Rotterdam and respectively succeeded each other throughout the period 1870-1975. In doing so, this research centers on the following questions and objectives: How did public spaces of notorious entertainment develop in and shift across Rotterdam, and why did they ultimately disappear from the street scenes of this port city? In addition, how can the historical development of Rotterdam’s pleasurescapes be connected transnationally to that of other European port cities’ entertainment districts, and how can it retroactively be linked to current European practices of urbanization?