José van Dijck to succeed Hans Clevers as Academy president

4 March 2015

José van Dijck, professor of comparative media studies at the University of Amsterdam, will succeed Hans Clevers as president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Clevers will hand over the reins on Monday 18 May during the Academy’s annual meeting of members at its headquarters, the Trippenhuis Building. 

The Academy's selection committee was chaired by Marian Joëls. ‘José van Dijck is a leading scholar who has helped put the new field of media studies on the map while drawing from a solid research tradition,’ she said. ‘The committee believes that with her international reputation, her passion for science, her administrative experience and her sparkling eloquence, José van Dijck will do a superb job of representing the Academy both within the society but certainly beyond, in the public discourse about the direction of science and scholarship.’

José van Dijck had this to say about her appointment: ‘It’s a tremendous honour to have the Board and members of the Academy select me as their president for the next three years. Of course, I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. Hans Clevers, Robbert Dijkgraaf and Frits van Oostrom have made the Academy what it is today, a distinguished institute populated by eminent scientists who are grounded in the real world. The Young Academy and the Society of Arts are two jewels in the Academy's crown, and I am really looking forward to working with all of our members to open the doors of the Trippenhuis Building even wider.’

Hans Clevers announced at the end of last year that he would be stepping down. He wishes to devote himself entirely to his research, which has gained momentum in recent years.

About José van Dijck

Dijck-van-José-7836José van Dijck (born in 1960) researches social media, media technologies and digital culture. She studied at Utrecht University and gained her PhD at the University of California, San Diego. She was an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Groningen and an associate professor of media and visual culture at Maastricht University. In 2001, Van Dijck became a professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She chaired the department from 2002 to 2007 and became the Dean of Humanities in 2008, a position she held until 2011.

José van Dijck played a key role in the founding of CLARIAH, a consortium of humanities research institutes that includes four Academy institutes. Last year the consortium received twelve million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to develop a digital infrastructure that will facilitate cross-disciplinary data mining and, eventually, data linking in support of research on major multidisciplinary issues concerning culture and social change. Van Dijck has been a visiting professor and visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Technology in Sidney, and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book, The Culture of Connectivity. A Critical History of Social Media, was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.

About the Academy

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is the forum, conscience and voice of science and scholarship in the Netherlands. It derives its authority from the quality of its members. As an independent organisation, the Academy safeguards the quality and interests of science and scholarship and advises the Dutch government. It is responsible for sixteen institutes, many of them internationally renowned, whose research and collections put them in the vanguard of Dutch science and scholarship.