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Staff members with discipline Literary Theory & Criticism

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

Literary and cultural studies, critical theory, world literature, representation, postcolonial Europe, minority literature, literature space, identity and citizenship, environmental humanities
J.D. (Jesse) van Amelsvoort
Contact
j.d.van.amelsvoort rug.nl
Function
PhD student
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Contact
j.j.van.baak rug.nl
+31 50 36 36064
Function
Professor Slavic languages & Literature
American & African American literature; American cultural & media history;   Political culture & theory, esp. theories of democracy;  A esthetics; Praxeology;  Critical theory;   American art & architecture;   Popular culture;   Transnational American Studies
prof. dr. L.C. (Laura) Bieger
Contact
l.c.bieger rug.nl
+31 50 36 36064
Function
Chair of American Studies
Scandinavian literature, culture, history, dance; cultural transfer and transmission studies; minority literature and culture
dr. P. (Petra) Broomans
Contact
p.broomans rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor European Languages and Cultures (Scandinavian studies) with ius promovendi
Points of interest: Institutional approach to literary history, Editions, Intermedial relations Music and Poetry
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g.j.dorleijn rug.nl
+31 50 36 35853
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Professor (Chair) of Dutch Literature, in particular Modern Dutch Literature
Alberto Godioli is Senior Lecturer in European Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen, and Programme Director of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL). He obtained his PhD in 2012 from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa; from 2013 to 2015 he was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

His research mostly focuses on humor and satire across media, with particular but not exclusive attention to literature. He has authored the monographs Laughter from Realism to Modernism (Oxford: Legenda, 2015) and La scemenza del mondo (Pisa: ETS, 2011, Edinburgh Gadda First Prize), as well as several articles and book chapters on theories and practices of humor from the 18th century to the present.

He is currently developing a project on 
legal controversies regarding humor and freedom of expression, and he is the organizer of the summer school ‘Humor and Satire in Contemporary Europe: Cultural, Political, and Legal Perspectives’ (two editions, July 2018 and 2019). Since January 2020, he is the Principal Investigator of the NETIAS Constructive Advanced Thinking project 'Cartoons in Court: Towards a Forensic Analysis of Visual Humor' (main host: Institute for Advanced Study CEU Budapest, 2020-2023). His research areas also include international Modernism, Law and Literature, Posthumanism, Narrative Theory and Cognitive Studies.
A. (Alberto) Godioli, PhD
Contact
a.godioli rug.nl
Function
Senior Lecturer (UD1)
Theory of culture; culture and cognition; arts and cognition; arts  and culture education
prof. dr. B.P. (Barend) van Heusden
Contact
b.p.van.heusden rug.nl
+31 50 36 36018
Function
Professor
Literature, Modernism and Women's Travel Writing
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a.c.hoag rug.nl
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Lecturer
J.F. (Judith) Jansma
Contact
j.f.jansma rug.nl
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Lecturer & PhD Candidate
Modern German Literature
Drama
Morality and literature, law and literature
Literary, cultural, and media theory
Literature and music
dr. C. (Christian) Kirchmeier
Contact
c.kirchmeier rug.nl
+31 50 36 36062
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Assistant Professor
* Narrative and cognitive film theory
* Digital Film Forensics / Videographic criticism
 
* Complex cinema, puzzle films
dr. M. (Miklós) Kiss
Contact
m.kiss rug.nl
+31 50 36 37269
Function
Associate Professor in Audiovisual Arts and Cognition
Nineteenth-century English Literature, Romanticism, Lord Byron, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Western Ideas of the Pacific, Literary Criticism and Theory, History of Ideas
prof. dr. R.D.P. (Richard) Lansdown
Contact
richard.lansdown rug.nl
Function
(European) Crises; Cultural Production in Times of Crisis; Cultural Self-Reflection; Migration and Contemporary Culture
Literature and Film; Literary Theory; Visual Studies; Documentary Film; Film Theory
Sociology; Discourse Theory; Systems Theory
Self-Referentiality; Aesthetic Negativity
dr. F.J. (Florian) Lippert
Contact
f.j.lippert rug.nl
+31 50 36 34655
Function
Associate Professor (UHD) and Vice Chair for European Culture and Literature
interdisciplinary modernism, modern and contemporary British literature (specializing in the literature of the mid-twentieth century), literature and politics, the novel
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a.k.maher rug.nl
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Early Modern Dutch Literature in a European context. Focus area's: pamphlets, satire, drama, literary processing of disasters.
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m.e.meijer.drees rug.nl
+31 50 36 35864
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Associate Professor on Historical Dutch Literature with ius promovendi; director Dutch Studies Program.
Literature and society, philosophy of art
dr. S.J. (Sjoerd-Jeroen) Moenandar, PhD
Contact
s.j.moenandar rug.nl
+31 50 36 36939
Function
Assistant professor
Qualitative communication support for written and spoken English.
University-wide Language and Culture Policy.
The mixed classroom.
Internationalisation: International Strategy & Relations.
dr. G.E. (Liesbeth) Muda
Contact
g.e.muda rug.nl
+31 50 36 36506
Function
Project Coordinator / Academic Coach
Latin literature of the Late Republic and Early Empire
Literary Theory
prof. dr. R.R. (Ruurd) Nauta
Contact
r.r.nauta rug.nl
Function
Professor of Latin
Film, Literature, Journalism, Documentary Studies, Feminism
dr. A. (Annelies) van Noortwijk
Contact
a.van.noortwijk rug.nl
+31 50 36 35875
Function
Senior Lecturer
Early modern literature
21st-century literature
Early colonial literature
Benedict de Spinoza
Joost van den Vondel
Critical theory: Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze
dr. M.G. (Marrigje) Paijmans
Contact
m.g.paijmans rug.nl
Function
Teaching fellow Dutch Literary Studies
Field / Discipline
Contemporary Russian literature and art
Postcolonial literatures and theory
Memory studies
Postsocialist and postcolonial studies
South African literature and culture
K. (Ksenia) Robbe, PhD
Contact
k.robbe rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor
American Literature and Culture (modern & contemporary), Critical Theory, Feminist & Queer Theory, Media History, History of Cultural Institutions
K.S. (Kathryn) Roberts, PhD
Contact
k.s.roberts rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of American Studies
Nederlandse literatuur van de twintigste en eenentwintigste eeuw in internationale context; literatuur- en cultuurtheorie
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m.p.j.sanders rug.nl
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• English literature from the 14th century to the Reformation
• Scribes, archives, and manuscripts
• Authorship and literary culture
• Law and literature
• Political writing and intellectual history
• Travel, Anglo-European contact, and global medieval literature

prof. S.I. (Sebastian) Sobecki
Contact
s.i.sobecki rug.nl
+31 50 36 35850
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Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture; Professor of Old Germanic (by courtesy)
M.F.W. (Merlijn) Torensma, MA
Contact
m.f.w.torensma rug.nl
+31 6 4300 6913
Function
PhD student
Pablo Valdivia is Full Professor and Chair of European Culture and Literature (University of Groningen), Associate in Applied Physics at Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Harvard University), Fellow in University Innovation (Laspau-affiliated with Harvard University), Academic Director of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL), Expert Scientific Advisor of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities and the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) and Pablo Valdivia Chair in Communication, Humanities and Technology (UFRO-UACH). Before joining the University of Groningen in 2016, he worked at the University of Amsterdam, The Cambridge Foundation Villiers Park and the University of Nottingham. He holds a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Granada (Spain) and a BA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Valladolid (Spain). He obtained a Research MA degree on "Research in European Literature and Theatre" awarded by UNED (Spain). In 2007, he received his PhD degree on "Philosophy of Hispanic Studies" at the University of Nottingham. His research deals primarily with the "Humanities", "Reading Science", "Cultural Analytics" and "Technology", and the notions of "Culture, Literature and Crisis" from an interdisciplinary transnational perspective. He is an expert on "Cultural Narratives" and "Conceptual Metaphors". He carries multidisciplinary research with special emphasis in the fields of Cultural Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Reading Science, University Innovation, Data Science, Applied Physics, Social Sciences and Cognitive Sciences. Professor Valdivia is reviewer and editor of more than a dozen international top scientific journals and book series; researcher of METAPHORA project (UAM-Spanish Government); researcher of "Converging Horizons" project (ANID) and expert reviewer European Commission research projects. From 2014 to 2018, Valdivia was President Steering Committee H2020 European Commission Excellent Science Marie Curie RISE project "Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal (CRIC)" project; from 2016 to 2018 he was co-director of the "Research Centre Arts in Society" (University of Groningen), and from 2017 to 2018, Valdivia was Finances Officer CLLiP Programmes (Cultures, Literatures, Linguistics, Politics). In 2018, Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" Faculty of Arts (University of Groningen). Currently, Valdivia supervises more than 14 PhD research projects. 

Current PhD Supervision

PhD Candidate Rosmery-Ann Boegeholz, ‘The ‘Mirror Syndrome’ as a response to the Beauty Influencers on Instagram: Problems and Effects of the excessive use of images by young university women’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Eduardo Gallegos, ‘Border Narratives: From Travel Chronicles to the Journalistic Press. Continuities and Discontinuities Around the Constitution of the Pre-Modernist Chronicle’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Margriet van der Waal, Dr Camilla Sutherland and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors.  // PhD Candidate Gonzalo Albornoz, ‘Fictional Representations of Law, Legality and Justice in Popular Mass Media and the Construction of Legal Knowledge by Key Communities in the Prison Environment’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Elizabeth Duarte, Twittering for Peace? The Construction of Meaning and Otherness in Digital Media representations of the Colombian Peace Process’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor.  // PhD Candidate Ruby de Vos, ‘Living with Toxicity: Mapping the Toxic in Contemporary Culture’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Vera Alexander co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Judith Jansma, ‘From Submission to Soumission: Populists’ perspectives on culture’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Professor Dr Lars Rensmann and Dr Alberto Godioli co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Juan del Valle, ‘Imagining the Unpredictable: Communication, Power and Technology in José Ricardo Morales’ Transnational Theatre’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Rose Smith, ‘Identifying the Role of Museums in Central European Post-Communist Nations in the Construction of the Global Memory of Communism’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Klára Žaloudková, ‘The Role of Economic Elites in the Foreign Policy-Making Process: The Case of Bulgaria’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Anežka Brožová, ‘The Hlučín Region between 1945 and 1968: back again in the ‘own’ state?’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Francisca Silva, ‘News frames and effects on the affective assessment of immigrants: An analysis of Chilean digital media’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle, Dr Florian Lippert, Dr Konstantin Mierau and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Paola González,  ‘Visual Memories of Anibal Pinto square and train station of Temuco between 1930-1950, a re-construction in a virtual world based on personal stories and cultural heritage’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Florian Lippert, Dr Konstantin Mierau and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Camila Rojas,  ‘Framing analysis of Chilean corruption scandals by traditional and emergent media ecosystem present on Twitter, according to ideological composition of their editorial discourse’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Leonardo Arriagada, ‘CG-Art. An aesthetic discussion of the relationship between artistic creativity and computation’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Florian Lippert and Dr Alberto Godioli co-supervisors.

Past PhD Supervision
PhD Cristian Crusat, ‘La construction de la biographie imaginaire’. Professor Ieme van der Poel (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Pablo Valdivia (University of Amsterdam) co-supervisors. // PhD candidate David Martínez Antón, ‘La teoría de la transducción literaria. Hacia una teoría dialógica de la obra literaria’. Professor Tomás Albaladejo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Dr Pablo Valdivia (University of Amsterdam) co-supervisors.
prof. dr. P. (Pablo) Valdivia Martin
Contact
p.valdivia.martin rug.nl
Function
Vera Veldhuizen is assistant professor in both European Languages and Cultures, and Arts, Media, Culture at the University of Groningen. Previously she attended Cambridge University for her PhD in children's literature, with Homerton College and the Faculty of Education, supervised by Maria Nikolajeva. She holds a BA from  University College Roosevelt and an MSc in Literature and Society from Edinburgh University.

Her research is focused on cognitive approaches to children's literature. Her PhD was on empathy, ethics and justice construction children's war literature. Her current project is on the impact and complexity of contrasting truth narratives in children's literature. She has presented her research at many international conferences and through several peer reviewed publications.
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v.n.veldhuizen rug.nl
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Assistant Professor
Visser is a member of the Dutch Literary Society (Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde); member of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen); member of the Deutscher Germanistenverband-Gesellschaft für Hochschulgermanistik and member of the Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies (OSL).
prof. dr. A. (Thony) Visser
Contact
anthonya.visser rug.nl
+31 50 36 37905
Function
Dean Faculty of Arts
Institutional Approach to Dutch Modern Literature, professionalization and internationalisation of the literary Field, reading Culture and book Science.
dr. S. (Sandra) van Voorst
Contact
s.van.voorst rug.nl
+31 50 36 35868 geen voic emai l
Function
Assistant Professor
R.E. (Ruby) de Vos
Contact
r.e.de.vos rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Oscar Wilde
Victorian Literature and Culture
Literary Theory
Modernism / Postmodernism
Word and Music Studies
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kornelis.de.vries rug.nl
Function
Lecturer in English Language and Culture
Postcolonial European identity, South African literature and the literary field interdisciplinary project-based education
dr. M.C. (Margriet) van der Waal
Contact
m.c.van.der.waal rug.nl
Function
Senior Lecturer Euroculture/Professor by special appointment South African literature, culture and history
Philosophy of Education
dr. A. (Anouk) Zuurmond
Contact
a.zuurmond rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor en coordinator Ethics of Education
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