Provisional Director & Institute Management
Tel.: +49 (0) 234_976483-11
Cigdem Göymen (born in 1971) obtained a degree in English Studies and Romance Studies in Freiburg as well as in Film & TV Studies in London. During her study, her work activities included a spell at the Pretty Ugly Dance Company under the artistic direction of Amanda Miller. In 2000, she graduated with a Magister Artium in Freiburg and moved to Istanbul. There she designed the Music, Film and Visual Arts programmes at the Goethe Institute in Istanbul up to 2009, when she became Assistant Director of the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair. She ultimately returned to Germany, where her activities included script adviser for the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and working in Hamburg for the filmmaker Fatih Akin. In the spring of 2014, she took up the post of managing the newly established Institute for Pop Music. Since January 2020 she is the provisional director.
_Conceptual & strategic
development of the institute
_Event & guest management
_Cooperations & institutional networking
_Press and public relations work
_Staffing matters (team, lecturers & assistants)
Study Programme Coordinator
Tel.: +49 (0) 234_976483-12
Music Theory specialising in Arrangement, Instrumentation, Composing, Producing
Chair of the "Institute for Pop Music" Examinations Committee
_Conception and development of the Popular Music Master study course
_Planning of teaching contents and projects
_Interdisciplinary connections to Folkwang University
_Recognition of examination performances
Institutional Board / Chair
Tel.: +49 (0) 201_4903-104
Vera Timmerberg (born in 1968) heads the Department for Strategy & Project Development at the Folkwang University of the Arts, where her responsibilities include the development of the university, interdisciplinary projects and representing the university in the Cultural Advisory Council of the City of Essen. She has a degree in Educational Science and the Humanities, worked for several years as a lecturer for empirical cultural research at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, and was Head of the Mercator Foundation's Cultural Education Cluster of Excellence in the Capital of Culture Year Ruhr 2010 project. She further develops the Institute for Pop Music concept at the Folkwang University of the Arts, thereby programmatically tying in with the time she spent as Cultural Manager of the Rote Liebe (Red Love) music club. She lives and works in Essen and Berlin.
_Use of funds
Artistic Director (2014 to 2019)
As Artistic Director from 2014 to 2019 Hans Nieswandt was responsible for the conceptual development of the Institute and its interdisciplinary orientation, the establishment of an international network of partners, the search for (teaching) staff and the management of the study programme.
Hans Nieswandt (born in 1964), has been a key player in the world of pop journalism, DJ culture and music production since the end of the 1980s. After completing a degree in American Studies in Hamburg, he moved to Cologne where he took up the post of editor at the prestigious music magazine "Spex". A few years later, he succeeded in achieving a surprise hit in Italy with his critically acclaimed music project "Whirlpool Productions". Since then, whether solo or in a team, he has released numerous albums and remixes, in addition to which he has published three successful books on the subject of DJ culture. Also in the mid 1990s, Nieswandt embarked on a long phase of projects with the Goethe Institute, for whom he travelled half the world (visiting the Near East, the Middle East, the Far East, Brazil, Russia, South Africa – among many other countries) while for many years being a member of the Advisory Board. As a guest lecturer, Nieswandt has given lectures, workshops and discussions on a wide range of themes relating to pop culture at many universities and academies.