Marijke de Valck received the first Boekman Dissertation Prize for her dissertation Film festivals: history and theory of a European phenomenon that became a global network (in English) defended at the University of Amsterdam in 2006. In this study she shows convincingly that the festival network and Hollywood are closer related than one would expect at first sight. The prize consists of 10.000 euro.
Marijke de Valck studied the history of film festivals in Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes en Venice. She demonstrates how these originally nationbound festivals evolved into an internationally linked alternative circuit. Simultaneously the festivals positioned themselves in between mainstream and avant-garde cinema, and at the same time amidst economic business and non profit culture. According to De Valck festivals must not be situated in an opposite position to Hollywood industry, but in close relationship.
Together with the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Department of Human Sciences, the Boekman Foundation initiated the Boekman Dissertation Prize in the field of arts, culture and related policies. Both organizations hope to stimulate the public attention for scientific research in the expectation that this will give a positive impulse to the quality of making art policies. This year the prize will be issued for the first time. The Prize is named after the Amsterdam Alderman for Education and Cultural Affairs Emanuel Boekman (1889-1940) as he was the first to obtain a PhD on art policy in the Netherlands.
The Boekman Foundation collects and disseminates knowledge and information about the arts, culture and related policy. It stimulates research and the development of opinion on the production, distribution and take-up of the arts and on national and international policy on the arts and culture. NWO aims to promote the quality and renewal of scientific research and to improve the careerperspectives of scientific talents.
Gillis Dorleijn (University of Groningen) chairman of the jury
Jeroen Boomgaard (University of Amsterdam),
Susanne Janssen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Judith Thissen (University of Utrecht)
The presentation of the Boekman Dissertation Prize took place in the Library of the Boekman Foundation, Herengracht 415, Amsterdam on September 11, 2009
List of participants in the 1st Boekman dissertation award
Juryrapport (in dutch)