Department of Culture Studies

Tilburg Dissertations in Culture Studies

This list includes the doctoral dissertations that through their authors and/or supervisors are related to the Department of Culture Studies at the Tilburg University School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. The dissertations cover the broad field of contemporary sociocultural change in domains such as language and communication, performing arts, social and spiritual ritualization, media and politics.


106  Antonio Sforna ‒ Diffracting the digital borderMigration, aesthetics and techno-resistance. Supervisors: Odile Heynders and Piia Varis, 13 December 2022.

105  Mona Farrag Mahmoud Attwa ‒ Arabic and globalization: Understanding the Arab voice. Supervisors: Ad Backus and Jan Jaap de Ruiter, 12 December 2022.

104  Malgorzata Szabla ‒ Superdiversity, diaspora and chronotopic analysis in the online-offline nexus. A case study on the Polish diaspora in the Low Countries. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert †, Herman Beck, Odile Heynders and Sjaak Kroon, 4 March 2022.


103  Maxy Bak-Piard ‒ Nederlands in de Lerarenopleiding op Curaçao en Bonaire. Een on­derzoek naar het ontwerp en de uitvoering van een programma Taalvaardigheid Neder­lands. Su­pervisors: Sjaak Kroon, Jos Swanenberg and Jan Blommaert †, 21 De­cember 2021.

102  Deborah de Koning ‒ The many faces of Ravana. Ravanisation: The revitalisation of Ravana among Sinhalese Buddhists in post-war Sri Lanka. Supervisors: Herman Beck and Tineke Nugteren, 15 December 2021.

101  Rawan Ghazzawi ‒ Individual and contextual determinants of job crafting in healthcare pro­fes­sions. Supervisors: Kutlay Yagmur, Michael Bender and Lina Daouk-Oÿry, 13 Decem­ber 2021.

100  Selam Kidane ‒ Trauma, collective trauma and refugee trajectories in the digital era. Super­vi­sors: Mirjam van Reisen, Sjaak Kroon and Mia Stokmans, 5 November 2021.

99  Janieke Bruin-Mollenhorst ‒ Time to say Goodbye? A study on music, ritual and death in the Neth­erlands. Supervisors: Paul Post and Martin Hoondert, 20 October 2021.

98  Ayse Safak ‒ Acculturation of Syrian refugees in Turkey and the Netherlands. Supervi­sors: Kutlay Yagmur, Feliz Künüroglu and Michael Bender, 1 September 2021.

97  Martin Kurani ‒ Is the voice of a woman shameful? A linguistic anthropological study of the multinormativity of Jordan’s society. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert †, Herman Beck and Jan Jaap de Ruiter, 9 March 2021.

96  Péter Szabó ‒ Babel Debates: An ethnographic language policy study of EU multilingualism in the European Parliament. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert †, Sjaak Kroon and Massimiliano Spotti, 26 February 2021.

95  Nanke Dokter ‒ Stimuleren van schoolse taalvaardigheid bij rekenen. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon, Rian Aarts, Jeanne Kurvers and Anje Ros, 27 January 2021.


94  Jolanda Asmoredjo ‒ Change through exchange. Exploring the role of international exchange in organisational development of care organisations. Supervisors: Mirjam van Reisen and Sjaak Kroon, 22 December 2020.

93  Ondřej Procházka ‒ Negotiating ludic normativity in Facebook meme pages. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert, Ad Backus and Piia Varis, 7 December 2020.

92  Joris Brouwers ‒ De hoofddoek in de krant; Een inhoudsanalytisch onderzoek naar de berichtgeving over de islamitische hoofddoek in vijf Nederlandse dagbladen (2000-2014). Supervisors: Herman Beck and Jan Blommaert, 1 December 2020.

91  Abelia Wardani ‒ “It was kind of safe”. The role of the market in the everyday peacebuild­ing processes during the Ambon conflicts. Supervisors: Herman Beck and Hans Siebers, 24 November 2020.

90  Budi Rahman Hakim ‒ Actualization of neo-sufism: A case study of the Tariqa Qadiriyya Naqshabandiyya Pondok Pesantren Suryalaya. Supervisors: Herman Beck and Jan Blommaert. 8 September 2020.

89  Lu Ying ‒ Biaoqing on Chinese social media. Practices, products, communities and mar­kets in a knowledge economy. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert, Sjaak Kroon and Piia Varis, 19 August 2020.

88  Betty Tjipta Sari ‒ Contextualization of the role of bilingualism and cultural maintenance behavior for well-being, sociocultural adjustment, and ethnic identity among diverse ethnic groups in Indonesia. Supervisors: Fons van de Vijver † and Kutlay Yagmur, 16 June 2020.

87  Tapuwa Raymond Mubaya ‒ [-In]tangible heritage, humans and the environment: An ethnographic account of the conservation of Chingoma Falls in south-eastern Zimba­bwe. Supervisors: Mirjam van Reisen, Odile Heynders and M. Mawere, 6 March 2020.

86  Veronique Verhagen ‒ Illuminating variation: Individual differences in entrenchment of multi-word units. Supervisors: Ad Backus, Maria Mos and Joost Schilperoord. 10 January 2020.


85  Kitty Regina Leuverink  ‒  Teachers research in secondary education: An empirical study into teacher research as a means for professional development and school development. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon and Rian Aarts, 26 November 2019.

84   İrem Bezcioglu-Göktolga  ‒  Family language policy among second-generation Turkish families in the Netherlands. Supervisors: Kutlay Yagmur and Ad Backus, 3 September 2019.

83  Gerrie Strik  ‒  Een plantaardig ademen. Nieuw materialisme in het vroege werk van Hella S. Haasse. Supervisors: Odile Heynders and Sander Bax, 26 June 2019.

82  Leon Jackson  ‒  Diversity management in the new South Africa: An acculturation approach. Supervisors: Fons van de Vijver and Kutlay Yagmur, 19 June 2019.

81  Gözde Demirel  ‒ The relationship between acculturation and language development of Turkish immigrant children. Supervisors: Kutlay Yagmur and Fons van de Vijver, 3 May 2019.

80  Jan Verhagen  ‒ Psychiatry and religion: Controversies and consensus. Supervisors: Rien van Uden and G. Glas, 17 April 2019.

79  Esin Aksay Aksezer  ‒ Turkish outbound exchange students’ intercultural competencies at different stages of the international sojourn. Supervisors: Fons van de Vijver and Kutlay Yagmur, 27 February 2019.

78  Anthony Ong’ayo  ‒ Diaspora organisations, transnational practices and development: Ghanaians in the Netherlands: Ghanaian diasporas in The Netherlands. Supervisors: Mirjam van Reisen and M. Mawere, 6 February 2019.


77  Claudia Carvalho ‒ Women who run with the wolves: Online stories and roles of Spanish-speaking jihadist women. Supervisors: Herman Beck and Wouter van Beek, 19 June 2018.

76  Suzanne van der Beek ‒ New pilgrim stories: Narratives, identities, authenticity. Supervisors: Paul Post and Jan Blommaert, 18 June 2018.

75  Hua Nie ‒ Memes, communities, and continuous change: Chinese internet vernacular explained. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert, Ad Backus and Piia Varis, 18 June 2018.

74  Mingy Hou ‒ Social media celebrity: An investigation into the latest metamorphosis of fame. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert, Sjaak Kroon and Piia Varis, 23 May 2018.

73  Youssef Azghari ‒ Participation of young Moroccan-Dutch and the role of social workers. Supervisors: Fons van de Vijver and Erna Hooghiemstra, 11 April 2018.

72  Kunming Li ‒ Capitalization of feminine beauty on Chinese social media. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert, Sjaak Kroon and Massimiliano Spotti, 7 March 2018.

71  Merijn Oudenampsen ‒ The conservative embrace of progressive values: On the intellectual origins of the swing to the right in Dutch politics. Supervisors: Odile Heynders and Piia Varis, 12 January 2018.


70  Xuan Wang ‒ Online and offline margins in China: Globalization, language and identity. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon and Ad Backus, 22 December 2017.

69  Derya Demirçay ‒ Connected languages: Effects of intensifying contact between Turkish and Dutch. Supervisors: Ad Backus and Jan Blommaert, 21 December 2017.

68  Maksimus Regus ‒ Understanding human rights culture in Indonesia: A case study of the Ahmadiyya Minority Group. Supervisors: Herman Beck and Mirjam van Reisen, 18 December 2017.

67  Tekalign Nega Angore ‒ Reconstructing Ethiopia’s collective memory by rewriting its history: The politics of Islam. Supervisors: Herman Beck and Jenny-Louise Van der Aa, 4 December 2017.

66  Sandra Wagemakers ‒ Brabant is here: Making sense of regional identification. Supervisors: Jos Swanenberg and Arnoud-Jan van Bijsterveld, 9 June 2017.


65  Leonie van der Valk ‒ Steun zoeken bij Allah. Religiositeit, bidden en religieuze coping van Nederlandse, hoogopgeleide moslima's van Marokkaanse afkomst. Supervisors: Rien van Uden and Jos Pieper, 21 December 2016.

64  Tom van Nuenen ‒ Scripted journeys: A study on interfaced travel writing. Supervisors: Odile Heynders and Ruud Welten, 21 December 2016.

63  Yevgen Matusevych ‒ Learning constructions from bilingual exposure: Computational studies of argument structure acquisition. Supervisors: Ad Backus and Afra Alishahi, 19 December 2016.

62  Maria van der Aalsvoort ‒ Vensters op vakontwikkeling: De betwiste invoering van taalkunde in het examenprogramma Nederlands havo/vwo (1988-2088). Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon and Piet van de Ven, 14 December 2016.

61  Martijn de Ruijter ‒ Confining Frailty: Making place for ritual in rest and nursing homes. Supervisors: Paul Post and Wouter van Beek, 16 November 2016.

60  Caixia Du ‒ The birth of social class online: The Chinese precariat on the internet. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert and Sjaak Kroon, 12 September 2016.

59  Lieke Wijnia ‒ Making sense through Music: Perceptions of the sacred at Festival Musica Sacra Maastricht. Supervisors: Paul Post and Martin Hoondert, 12 September 2016.

58  Jinling Li ‒ Chineseness as a moving target: Changing infrastructures of the Chinese Diaspora in the Netherlands. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert and Sjaak Kroon, 12 September 2016.

57  Primrose Nakazibwe ‒ 'A home without millet is not a home': Women's agency in the maize and millet commodity chains in Mbarara District, Uganda. Supervisors: Mirjam van Reisen and Francien van Driel, 18 April 2016.

56  Pia Zeinoun ‒ Personality and culture in the Arab-levant. Supervisors: Fons van de Vijver and Lina Daouk-Oyry, 19 February 2016.

55  Pius Maija Mosima ‒ Philosophic sagacity and intercultural philosophy: Beyond Henry Odera Oruka. Supervisors: Wim van Binsbergen and Wouter van Beek, 16 February 2016.

54  Edegar da Conceição Savio ‒ Studi sosiolinguistik bahasa Fataluki di Lautém. Supervisors: Kees van Dijk, Sjaak Kroon and Aone van Engelenhoven, 28 January 2016.


53  Inez Schippers ‒ Sacred places in the suburbs: Casual sacrality in the Dutch Vinex-district Leidsche Rijn. Supervisoers: Paul Post and Maaike de Haardt, 14 December 2015.

52  Filiz Kunuroglu ‒ Turkish return migration from Western Europe: Going home from home. Supervisors: Kutlay Yagmur, Fons van de Vijver and Sjaak Kroon, 10 December 2015.

51  Bryan Monte ‒ Tiny Zion: Harvest Hills, an intentional Zionic communtiy. Supervisors: Wouter van Beek and Paul Post, 2 December 2015.

50  Sunarwoto ‒ Contesting religious authority: A study on Dakwah radio in Surakarta, Indonesia. Supervisors: Hermand Beck and Jan Blommaert, 10 November 2015.

49  Clementia Murembe Neema ‒ Women's empowerment and decision-making at the household level. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon, Veerle Draulans and Jef Van der Aa, 6 October 2015.

48  Amit B. Bhansali ‒ Samkit: Faith ‒ Practice ‒ Liberation. Supervisors: John Rijsman and Tineke Nugteren, 1 September 2015.

47  Geertjan de Vugt ‒ The Polit-Dandy. On the emergence of a political paradigm. Supervisors: Odile Heijnders and Sander Bax, 23 June 2015.

46  Paul Mutsaers ‒ A public anthropology of policing. Law enforcement and migrants in the Netherlands. Supervisors: Arie de Ruijter and Jan Blommaert, 12 June 2015.

45  Pelin Onar Valk ‒ Transformation in Dutch Turkish subordination? Converging evidence of change regarding finiteness and word order in complex clauses. Supervisors: Ad Backus, Kutlay Yağmur and Massimiliano Spotti, 27 May 2015.

44  Harrie Leijten ‒ From idol to art. African objects-with-power: A challenge for missionaries, anthropologists and museum curators. Supervisors: Wouter van Beek and Paul Post, 15 April 2015.

43  Dorina Veldhuis ‒ Effects of literacy, typology and frequency on children's language segmentation and processing units. Supervisors: Ad Backus, Jeanne Kurvers and Anne Vermeer, 1 April 2015.

42  Jia He ‒ The general response style from a cross-cultural perspective. Supervisors: Fons van de Vijver and Alejandra del Carmen Dominguez Espinosa, 4 February 2015.

41  Snezana Stupar ‒ Immigrants regulate emotions in the same way as majority members in the Netherlands. Supervisors: Fons van de Vijver and Johnny Fontaine, 30 January 2015.

40  Laurie Faro ‒ Postponed monuments in the Netherlands: Manifestation, context, and meaning. Supervisors: Paul Post and Rien van Uden, 28 January 2015.

39  Liesbeth Hoeven ‒ Een boek om in te wonen. De verhaalcultuur na Auschwitz. Supervisors: Erik Borgman and Maaike de Haardt, 21 January 2015.


38  Danielle Boon ‒ Adult literacy education in a multilingual context: Teaching, learning and using written language in Timor-Leste. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon and Jeanne Kurvers, 17 December 2014.

37  Nico de Vos ‒ Lichamelijke verbondenheid in beweging. Een filosofisch onderzoek naar intercorporaliteit in de hedendaagse danskunst. Supervisors: Odile Heynders and Frans van Peperstraten, 16 December 2014.

36  Fie Velghe ‒ 'This is almost like writing’: Mobile phones, learning and literacy in a South African township. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert, Sjaak Kroon and Piia Varis, 3 December 2014.

35  Bert Danckaert ‒ De extra's (part I). Simple Present (part II). Supervisors: Jan Blommaert and Odile Heynders, 29 October 2014.

34  Jaswina Elahi Etnische websites, behoeften en netwerken. Over het gebruik van internet door jongeren. Supervisors: Ruben Gowricharn and Sjaak Kroon, 10 September 2014.

33  Alice Leri ‒ Who is Turkish American? Investigating contemporary discourses on Turkish Americanness. Supervisors: Odile Heynders and Piia Varis, 9 September 2014.

32  Elina Westinen ‒ The discursive construction of authenticity: Resources, scales and polycentricity in Finnish hip hop culture. Supervisors: Sirpa Leppänen and Jan Blommaert, 15 June 2014.

31  Behrooz Moradi Kakesh ‒ Het islamitisch fundamentalisme als tegenbeweging. Iran als case study. Supervisors: Herman Beck and Wouter van Beek, 6 June 2014.

30  Pascal Touoyem ‒ Dynamiques de l’ethnicité en Afrique. Éléments pour une théorie de l’État multinational. Supervisors: Wouter van Beek and Wim van Binsbergen, 18 February 2014.

29  Sarali Gintsburg ‒ Formulaicity in Jbala poetry. Supervisors: Ad Backus, Sjaak Kroon and Jan Jaap de Ruiter, 11 February 2014.


28  Miranda Vroon-van Vugt ‒ Dead man walking in Endor. Narrative mental spaces and conceptual blending in 1 Samuel 28. Supervisor: Ellen van Wolde, 19 December 2013.

27  Stasja Koot ‒ Dwelling in tourism. Power and myth amongst bushmen in Southern Africa. Supervisor: Wouter van Beek, 23 October 2013.

26  Mary Scott ‒ A chronicle of learning: Voicing the text. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert, Sjaak Kroon and Jef Van der Aa, 27 May 2013.


25  Daniela Stoica ‒ Dutch and Romanian Muslim women converts: Inward and outward transformations, new knowledge perspectives and community rooted narratives. Supervisors: Enikö Vincze and Jan Jaap de Ruiter, 30 October 2012.

24  Ico Maly ‒ N-VA. Analyse van een politieke ideologie. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert and Sjaak Kroon, 23 October 2012.

23  Arnold Pannenborg ‒ Big men playing football. Money, politics and foul play in the African game. Supervisor: Wouter van Beek, 12 October 2012.

22  Özel Bağcı ‒ Acculturation orientations of Turkish immigrants in Germany. Supervisors: Guus Extra and Kutlay Yağmur, 3 October 2012.

21  Jef Van der Aa ‒ Ethnographic monitoring. Language, narrative and voice in a Carribbean Classroom. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert and Sjaak Kroon, 8 June 2012.

20  Youssef Boutachekourt ‒ Exploring cultural diversity. Concurrentie­voordelen uit multiculturele strategieën. Supervisors: Ruben Gowricharn and Slawek Magala, 14 March 2012.


19  Femke Nijland ‒ Mirroring interaction. An exploratory study into student interaction in independent working. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon, Sanneke Bolhuis, Piet-Hein van de Ven and Olav Severijnen, 20 December 2011.

18  Sinan Çankaya ‒ Buiten veiliger dan binnen: In- en uitsluiting van etnische minderheden binnen de politieorganisatie. Supervisors: Ruben Gowricharn and Frank Bovenkerk, 24 October 2011.

17  Mohammadi Laghzaoui ‒ Emergent academic language at home and at school. A longitudinal study of 3- to 6-year-old Moroccan Berber children in the Netherlands. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon, Ton Vallen, Abderrahman El Aissati and Jeanne Kurvers, 9 September 2011.

16  Nadia Eversteijn-Kluijtmans ‒ “All at Once” – Language choice and code­switching by Turkish-Dutch teenagers. Supervisors: Guus Extra and Ad Backus, 14 January 2011.


15  Coosje van der Pol ‒ Prentenboeken lezen als literatuur. Een structuralis­tische benadering van het concept ‘literaire competentie’ voor kleuters. Supervisor: Helma van Lierop, 17 December 2010.

14  Marja van Knippenberg ‒ Nederlands in het Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs. Een casestudy in de opleiding Helpende Zorg. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon, Ton Vallen and Jeanne Kurvers, 14 December 2010.

13  Kasper Juffermans ‒ Local languaging: Literacy products and practices in Gambian society. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert and Sjaak Kroon, 13 October 2010.

12  António da Graça ‒ Etnische zelforganisaties in het integratieproces. Een case study in de Kaapverdische gemeenschap in Rotterdam. Supervisor: Ruben Gowricharn, 8 October 2010.

11  Maria Mos ‒ Complex lexical items. Supervisors: Antal van den Bosch, Ad Backus and Anne Vermeer, 12 May 2010.

10  Elma Nap-Kolhoff ‒ Second language acquisition in early childhood: A longitudinal multiple case study of Turkish-Dutch children. Supervisors: Guus Extra and Kutlay Yağmur, 12 May 2010.


9  Dong Jie ‒ The making of migrant identities in Beijing: Scale, discourse, and diversity. Supervisors: Jan Blommaert and Sjaak Kroon, 4 November 2009.

8  Yonas Mesfun Asfaha ‒ Literacy acquisition in multilingual Eritrea: A comparative study of reading across languages and scripts. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon and Jeanne Kurvers, 4 November 2009.


7  Sharda Roelsma-Somer ‒ De kwaliteit van Hindoescholen. Supervisors: Ruben Gowricharn and Sjaak Braster, 17 September 2008.

Daan van Bel ‒ Het verklaren van leesgedrag met een impliciete attitude­meting. Supervisors: Hugo Verdaasdonk, Helma van Lierop and Mia Stokmans, 28 March 2008.


5  A. Seza Doğruöz ‒ Synchronic variation and diachronic change in Dutch Turkish: A corpus based analysis. Supervisors: Guus Extra and Ad Backus, 12 December 2007.

4  Massimiliano Spotti ‒ Developing identities: Identity construction in multicultural primary classrooms in The Netherlands and Flanders. Supervisors: Sjaak Kroon and Guus Extra, 23 November 2007.

3  Mustafa Güleç ‒ Differences in similarities: A comparative study on Turkish language achievement and proficiency in a Dutch migration context. Supervisors: Guus Extra and Kutlay Yağmur, 25 June 2007.

2  Tamara van Schilt-Mol ‒ Differential item functioning en itembias in de cito-eindtoets basisonderwijs. Oorzaken van onbedoelde moeilijkheden in toetsopgaven voor leerlingen van Turkse en Marokkaanse afkomst. Supervisors: Ton Vallen and Henny Uiterwijk, 20 June 2007.

1  Sander Bax ‒ De taak van de schrijver. Het poëticale debat in de Nederlandse literatuur (1968-1985). Supervisors: Jaap Goedegebuure and Odile Heynders, 23 May 2007.