Kuipers is a professor of cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She studied cultural anthropology at Utrecht University, with a brief stint at the University of Seville in Spain. In 2001, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology (with distinction) from the University of Amsterdam. Before taking up her current position, Kuipers worked in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Amsterdam, spent a year as visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, and was a postdoc at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands). In 2010, she received a Starting Grant from the ERC.
The Sociology of Beauty
BEAUTY, an ERC project led by Professor Giselinde Kuipers, studies how beauty standards are socially shaped. In particular, it focuses on the modelling industry - an institution centrally concerned with the production and dissemination of beauty standards - in order to identify the central mechanisms through which such standards are developed and disseminated.
Now imagine a corporate group working hard for setting the next trends for the modelling industry, add a group of angry, anti-system students who have decided to change the way the industry is oppressing us with beauty diktats... this webcomic will make the aesthetic and anti-aesthetic worlds collide to highlight their similarities as well as their contradictions.