Jaap Verheul

PhD Candidate

Jaap Verheul


Title: "Identity Soup: Producing Popular Cinema in a Europe of Many"

Supervisor: Anna McCarthy

In 1973, the European Community's “Declaration on European Identity” sought to translate the political aspects of European integration, such as citizenship and a common currency, into cultural representations of the idea of Europe. My dissertation demonstrates that, by the early 2000s, the European Union’s audiovisual policies, designed to establish a supra-national framework for film production and distribution, increasingly reflected the antagonism between the unification, and deregulation, of the EU’s audiovisual sector and the cultural and economic sovereignty of its member states. Through the textual analysis of popular and contemporary European films, I reveal the divisions in Europe’s progressively integrated filmindustry as I chronicle the influence of audiovisual policy on the development of regional and national film industries and cultures of production, and on the multifaceted representation of European,national, and regional identities on screen.


Jaap Verheul is a PhD Candidate in Cinema Studies (ABD) at New York University, where his dissertation focuses on popular European cinema as it chronicles the dynamics of regional and national filmmaking in the European Union today. He received his BA in Media and Culture from the University of Amsterdam (2007) and his MA in Cinema Studies from New York University (2009).

Jaap has written articles on trauma and memory in Sidney Lumet’s "The Pawnbroker" (CineMagie, Issue 260), on fascist aesthetics in the work of Busby Berkeley (CineMagie, Issue 266), on multiculturalism in popular American television (CineMagie, Issue 272), and on the representation of the European bourgeoisie in the work of Michael Haneke (Brooklyn Rail, December 2012). For edited collections, Jaap has also contributed chapters on paranoia and preemptive violence in the television series "24" (Hollywood Politics, 2010), on the Flemish-British co-production of a European heritage brand for television (Screening European Heritage, 2016), on the dual monolingualism of contemporary Flemish cinema (The Multilingual Screen, 2016), and on the failed production of George Lazenby's star image as James Bond (Lasting Screen Stars, 2016).

As an instructor and teaching assistant at New York University, Jaap has taught courses on film theory, Black American cinema, the cultural politics of science-fiction film, James Bond, and the evolution of mainstream, independent, and experimental American filmmaking since the 1960s. In the Fall of 2016, Jaap is teaching a survey course on Media and Cultural Analysis at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. He will also instruct a class on Queer Cinema at the Department of Cinema Studies in the Spring of 2017.

Jaap is a recipient of New York University’s Council for Media and Culture Dissertation and Thesis Grant, Provost's Global Research Initiative Fellowship, and Graduate School of Arts and Science Predoctoral Summer Fellowship. He has also been awarded research grants from the Remarque Institute’s Doctoral Fellowship at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in the Netherlands. In the Fall of 2015, Jaap was a Visiting Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin as part of the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service.

Contact: jcv239@nyu.edu