dr. O.K. (Olga) Sooudi
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 Room number: B5.04
1001 NA Amsterdam
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.
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. 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.
I teach in Anthropology, ASW (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA), and the Masters program in Contemporary Asian Studies. I also supervise masters students in CAS, Anthropology MA, 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)
- Age, City, Work (ASW)
- BA Thesis class (ASW)
- Urban Anthropology
- Asian Cities
- Introduction to East Asia: Powerhouse and Politics
- Sooudi, O. K. (Accepted/In press). Market memories: Collective memory and art market change in Mumbai. Poetics.
- 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]
- Sooudi, O. K. (2014). Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World-Stage. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. [details]
- Sooudi, O. K. (2012). Art patron as 'taste scapegoat'? Complicity and disavowal in Mumbai's contemporary art world. Etnofoor, 24(2), 123-143. [details]
- 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]
- Sooudi, O. K. (2017). Remaking Japan through Transnational Encounters, Difference, and Struggles for Social Equality. The Journal of Asian Studies, 76(3), 802-812. DOI: 10.1017/S0021911817000651
- Sooudi, O. K. (Author). (2018). Olga Sooudi, anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam, and the author of Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World Stage, on the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City (Podcast). Web publication/site, The Gotham Center for New York City History.Retrieved from https://www.gothamcenter.org/ohny-podcasts.html
- Sooudi, O. K., & Gandhi, A. (2011). The exceptional Asian: the fetish for culture in India and Japan. IIAS Newsletter, 56, 8-9.
- Lertchavalitsakul, B. (2017). Living with four polities: States and cross-border flows in the Myanmar-Thailand borderland [details]
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