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L. (Lieke) Wijnia MA

PhD Researcher

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Culture Studies



PhD research: festival Musica Sacra Maastricht. Discourses on sacrality.

This research focuses on outlooks on and experiences of sacrality in our contemporary culture. In the continuously changing cultural landscape, the festival Musica Sacra Maastricht manifests itself as a platform on which to explore and experience the full scope of sacrality by means of musical performances. I study four involved groups in the festival - the program committee, performers, audience and critics. The experiences and processes of meaning making by these groups around the festival are analysed to trace and understand discourses on music and sacrality. This research explores questions on the relationship between music and sacrality, both resulting from performance; the relation between the festival philosophy and festival practice; and the ways in which the festival is actually being produced through reciprocal power and influence between the four involved groups.

Other research interests: Modern and contemporary art, Piet Mondrian & De Stijl, French Paint & Politics (1847-1880)

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Journalism (minor)
Free University, Amsterdam

MA Art History: French Paint & Politics (1847-1880)
Courtauld Institute of Art, London

MA History (Cum Laude): Cultural Heritage
Utrecht University

BA Liberal Arts & Sciences (Cum Laude): Humanities major
University College Utrecht


Co-coordinator Network group New Spirituality
National Research School Religious Studies and Theology: NOSTER

Iniator inter university and interdisciplinary PhD study group Music Matters

Sept.2011-April 2013
Lecturer Modern Art
Vrije Academie, Amsterdam

Freelance researcher on Piet Mondrian, De Stijl
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Trainee editor - interview project with newscasters (national channels NOS/RTL)
Preparing and conducting of interviews; reworking them into articles
Dutch Institute for Image and Sound, Hilversum

For complete resume: my linked-in profile


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Other activities

Freelance author of articles on modern and contemporary art: a.o. for Collect Art and Antiques Journal.

Author for online cultural journalistic magazine Schift
Columnist for website of Association of Dutch Art Historians
Resident Art Critic at Lokaal01, Space for Contemporary Art in Antwerp

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Room D236
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 3562
Secretary+31 13 466 2668

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PhD Researcher
Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Culture Studies

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