Centre for Urban Studies

Photographer: UvA

Mr J.D. (John) Boy

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B6.22
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15508
    1001 NA  Amsterdam
  • J.D.Boy@uva.nl

Ph.D. in Sociology (with a Certificate in Women's Studies), City University of New York, 2015.

Visit my website or click on the Publications tab for more information.

Affiliated research projects and groups: Odycceus, Cultural Conflict 2.0, Ansoc.

Publications in scholarly journals 🎓

2018. “Trending #hijabfashion: Using Big Data to Study Religion at the Online–Urban Interface.” Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 22–40 (with Justus Uitermark and Laïla Wiersma).

2017. “Reassembling the City through Instagram.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 612–624 (with Justus Uitermark).

2016. “How to Study the City on Instagram.” PLOS ONE, vol. 11, no. 6, p. e0158161 (with Justus Uitermark).

2015. “The Axial Age and the Problems of the Twentieth Century.The American Sociologist, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 234–247.

2014. “The Inq13 POOC: A Participatory Experiment in Open, Collaborative Teaching and Learning.” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, no. 5 (with Jessie Daniels, Matt Gold, and the POOC Collective).

2013. “Inventing the Axial Age: The Origins and Uses of a Historical Concept.Theory and Society, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 241–259 (with John Torpey).

2012. “Provincializing the European Religious Landscape.Perspectives on Europe, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 80–83.

Other publications 🖋️

2012. “The Bible as Floral Pattern.” Standplaats Wereld, June 22.

2009. “Icons of the New Evangelicalism.” Killing the Buddha, September 6.

Selection of contributions to The Immanent Frame as contributing editor since 2009:

Digital projects 💾

Occuprint (developer; curator)

Possible Futures (contributing editor)

The Immanent Frame (contributing editor)

Frequencies (associate editor)

Code: Github; Gists; Bitbucket


  • Boy, J. D., Uitermark, J., & Wiersma, L. (2018). Trending #hijabfashion: Using Big Data to Study Religion at the Online–Urban Interface. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, 31(1), 22-40. DOI: 10.18261/issn.1890-7008-01-02  [details] 





  • Boy, J. D., & Uitermark, J. L. (2015). Capture and share the city: Mapping Instagram’s uneven geography in Amsterdam. Paper presented at RC21-conference "The Ideal City: between myth and reality", Urbino, Italy.
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