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dr. O.K. (Olga) Sooudi


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: B5.04
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15509
    1001 NA  Amsterdam
  • O.K.Sooudi@uva.nl
    T: 0654651091

Biography

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 in Literature and French Studies.

Research

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, and has resulted in a forthcoming book.  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.

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Teaching

I teach in Anthropology, ASW (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA), and the Masters program in Contemporary Asian Studies. I also supervise masters students in CAS 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)
  • BA Thesis class (ASW)
  • Urban Anthropology 
  • Asian Cities
  • Introduction to East Asia: Powerhouse and Politics

 

2016

  • Sooudi, O. K. (2016). Making Mumbai's Emerging Art World Through Makeshift Practices. South Asia: journal of South Asian studies, 39(1), 149-166. DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2016.1141480 [details]

2015

  • Sooudi, O. K. (2015). Morality and exchange in the Mumbai contemporary art world. In O. Velthuis, & S. Baia Curioni (Eds.), Cosmopolitan canvases: the globalization of markets for contemporary art (pp. 264-284). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717744.003.0012 [details]

2014

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

2012

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

2011

  • Sooudi, O. K. (2011). Constructing the authentic modern: Japanese migrant artists in New York City. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 12(1), 77-94. DOI: 10.1080/14649373.2011.532949 [details]

2010

  • 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]
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