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Sander Hölsgens


Dr. S.R.J.J. Hölsgens
+31 71 527 3451

Sander Hölsgens (PhD, UCL) is an anthropologist who mobilises experimental media, installation, and performance to scrutinise socio-cultural practises of resistance. As a lecturer at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, he teaches practice-led courses in visual ethnography, audiovisual culture, and storytelling.

More information about Sander Hölsgens

Sander Hölsgens’ current research continues to explore:

  • the anthropology of skateboarding as a contested practice of resistance
  • engaged and critical pedagogy as transformative approaches to education
  • the feminist critiques of emerging media technologies

Students writing theses on these areas of study are particularly invited to reach out for supervisory support.

Sander is one of the founding members of Pushing Boarders, a platform tracing the social impact of skateboarding worldwide. He curates the Rotterdam-based film festival Field Recordings and is part of the Film Place Collective. Sander acted as the Visual and New Media editor of Cultural Anthropology between 2015 and 2019, and is the author of ‘Skateboarding in Seoul: A Sensory Ethnography’ (2021).

Prior to joining Leiden, Sander taught at University College London and University of Groningen, where he completed two NWO-funded research projects.

Next to his lectureship at Leiden University, Sander also teaches at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.


  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie/ Ontw. Sociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A53


  • Hogeschool Utrecht Lecturer Creative Business
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