About Us

Payal Arora

Payal Arora is the author of several books including Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas (Ashgate, 2010), The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2014; Winner of the EUR Fellowship Award), Poor@Play: Digital Life beyond the West with co-author N. Rangaswamy (expected 2016; Harvard University Press) and The Shape of Diversity to Come? Crossroads in New media, Identity & Law with co-author W. de Been (forthcoming; Palgrave). She has been invited to speak by a number of organizations including Sotheby’s, Institute of Network Cultures, Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) and Duke University’s Visual Studies Initiative. Early on, she worked on a National Health Foundation grant regarding the impact of live arts experiences on post-traumatic stress disorder post 9/11. Currently, she is working with Filip Vermeylen on training courses online for art professionals for Art Review/IESA in London. She sits on several boards including NESCoR, the Global Media Journal, The South Asian Media, Arts & Culture Research Center in University of North Texas, Young Erasmus, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She holds degrees from Harvard University (M.Ed. in International Policy) and Columbia University (Doctorate in Language, Literacy & Technology). She is currently based in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Filip Vermeylen

Filip Vermeylen (Ph.D. Columbia University, 2002) is an Associate Professor in Cultural Economics at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication in Rotterdam. His teaching and research focuses primarily on the history and functioning of art markets, the notion of quality in the visual arts, emerging art markets and the role of intermediaries as arbiters of taste. His publications have appeared in a wide range of international scholarly journals, and his book ‘Painting for the market’ received the prestigious Roland H. Bainton Prize for Art History. Filip Vermeylen’s speaking engagements include invited lectures at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Gallery in London, Sotheby’s Institute and at numerous peer-reviewed conferences across Europe, the United States and Asia. In 2009, he was awarded a grant worth 600.000 euro by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to study artistic exchanges and cultural transmission in early modern Europe. In an ongoing collaboration with Payal Arora, he is currently pursuing research into emerging art markets such as India. Together, they have started to question the extent to which new technology and globalization are impacting the contemporary art market.