Cees Hamelink

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Cees Hamelink
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Cees Jan Hamelink

(1940-09-14) 14 September 1940 (age 82)
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Amsterdam
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Amsterdam
University of Aruba
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Cees Jan Hamelink (born 14 September 1940)[1] is a Dutch academic known for his work on communication, culture, and technology. He is emeritus professor of international communications and emeritus professor of media at the University of Amsterdam; professor in management information and knowledge at the University of Aruba; and professor of media, religion and culture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.[2][3]

He was in a number of boards worldwide; chair of the Dutch League for Human Rights, chair of the Jan van Eyck Academie, honorary president of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and chair of Amsterdam World Jazz City 2014.

Hamelink wrote over seventeen books on communication, culture and technology. Best sellers include "The Technology Gamble", "The Politics of World Communication" and "The Ethics of Cyberspace". He is considered to be the first scholar outside of the United States to use and conceptualize the notion of information literacy in "An Alternative to News" (1976), a short text proposing a critical conception of literacy along the lines of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.[4]

Additionally, he is a passionate jazz musician. As a bassist he played in a trio with Louis van Dijk. Since 2008 he plays with Tamara Hoekwater in the Bourgondisch Combo, performing in the Netherlands and abroad. On 3 October 2014 they launched their CD I said yes in the Faculty Club of the University of Amsterdam.[5]


  • Global Communication, London, 2014 (ISBN 9781849204248)
  • Media and Conflict, Escalating Evil, 2011 (ISBN 1594516448)
  • Regeert de leugen?: mediaplichtigheid aan leugen en bedrog, Amsterdam, 2004 (ISBN 9789053529485)
  • Human Rights for Communicators, 2003 (ISBN 9781572735682)
  • (in Dutch) De leugen regeert: over leugen en bedrog in de informatiesamenleving, tekst inaugurele rede Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2002
  • The Ethics of Cyberspace, Londen, 2000, vertaling van Digitaal fatsoen: mensenrechten in cyberspace uit 1999 (ISBN 9780761966685)
  • (in Dutch) Digitaal fatsoen: mensenrechten in cyberspace, Amsterdam, 1999
  • The Politics of World Communication, 1994
  • (in Dutch) Internationale communicatie: arena van internationale conflicten, tekst inaugurele rede Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1984
  • (in Dutch) Informatie en macht: over de samenhang tussen de toegang tot informatie en de uitoefening van maatschappelijke macht, Baarn, 1984
  • (in Dutch) De computersamenleving, Baarn, 1980
  • (in Dutch) Derde wereld en culturele emancipatie, Baarn, 1978
  • (in Dutch) De mythe van de vrije informatie, Baarn, 1978
  • Perspectives for public communication: a study of the churches' participation in public communication, proefschrift Universiteit van Amsterdam, Baarn, 1975


  1. ^ Prof. dr. C.J. Hamelink, 1940 at the University of Amsterdam Album Academicum.
  2. ^ Do not use science for corona politics Volkskrant. Volkskrant.nl. Retrieved on 2 September 2021.
  3. ^ Do not believe all is in the media University Netherlands. universiteitvannederland.nl. Retrieved on 3 September 2021.
  4. ^ Whitworth, Andrew (27 August 2014). Radical information literacy : reclaiming the political heart of the IL movement. Oxford. ISBN 978-1-78063-429-6. OCLC 889955879.
  5. ^ CD 'Ik zei Ja', 'September' Muziek Web. muziekweb.nl. Retrieved on 1 September 2021.