Pascal Gielen (1970) is director of the research center Arts in Society at the Groniningen University where he is associate Professor of sociology of art. He also leads the research group and book series ‘Arts in Society’ (Fontys College for the Arts, Tilburg). Gielen has written serveral books on con- temporary art, cultural heritage and cultural politics. In 2009 Gielen edited together with Paul De Bruyne the book Being an Artist in Post- Fordist Times (NAi) and he published his new monograph The Murmur- ing of the Artistic Multitude. Global Art, Memory and Post-Fordism (Valiz). In 2011 De Bruyne and Gielen edited the book Community Art. The Politics of Trespassing and in January 2012 their new book Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm. Realism versus Cynicism will be launched.