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Staff members with discipline Humanities, Multidisciplinary

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

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Teacher
Literary studies, cultural theory, theories of representation, postcolonial studies, postcolonial Europe, ecocriticism, gender studies, minority literature, the spatial turn, European identity, citizenship
J.D. (Jesse) van Amelsvoort
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PhD student
Modernism, Cultural Geography, Philosophy, Poetry and Poetics.
dr. D.M. (David) Ashford
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Semitic Languages and Cultures, Hebrew Language and Literature. Middle Eastern Studies, Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry, Andalusia and the Islamic East, Judaism in Context, European Jewish History
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Professor of Middle East Studies
Reformed Theology with particular attention to its sources, development and context and special attention to the relationship between religion and culture. 
prof. dr. H. (Henk) van den Belt
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Professor of Reformed Theology: Sources Development, and Context
Medieval History; History of Reading; European Culture and Literature in the Middle Ages
prof. dr. S. (Sabrina) Corbellini
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Professor "History of Reading in Premodern Europe"
Aynur Erdogan joined Zeppelin University as program director, after defending her doctoral dissertation at the University of Groningen.
dr. A. (Aynur) Erdogan
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PhD student
Placement and internships, Labour Market Faculty of Arts
E.E. (Esther) Haag, MA
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Coordinator Career Strategy
Devotional illuminated manuscripts (1270-1500)
Theory and methodology
Digital humanities
S. (Suzette) van Haaren, MA
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PhD student
Film and Emotion
Film and Phenomenology
Audience/Reception Studies
Genre Studies
Film Aesthetics

dr. J. (Julian) Hanich
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Associate Professor of Film Studies
Palaeography and the Dead Sea Scrolls
G.A. (Gemma) Hayes, MA
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Historical anthropology; medieval and cultural history; methods and theory; history of ideas, esp. the French intellectual tradition; the relationship between religion and the academic discourse; the relationship between texts and images.

dr. B.S. (Babette) Hellemans
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senior lecturer
performing theory and analysis, contemporary theatre, evaluation processes and theatre criticism, theatrepolicy
drs. L.D.M.E. (Lucia) van Heteren
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docente theaterwetenschap
Theory of culture; culture and cognition; arts and cognition; arts  and culture education
Media Studies, Visual and Material Culture, Anthropology, Ethnography, Digital Humanities, Historical Sciences
G.G.A. (Geoffrey) Hobbis, PhD
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Assistant Professor
Esther van der Hoorn is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Her research focuses on early modern intermediality as it pertains to the Dutch 17th-century silversmiths Paulus and Adam van Vianen.  

Esther was previously Junior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, where she researched and published on drawn designs for objects from c. 1500-1900 acquired through the museum’s Decorative Art Fund. She holds an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she served as Research Associate to the Courtauld Gallery and was awarded the Director’s Dissertation Prize for her thesis on drawings by Arent van Bolten in the British Museum. She has been the recipient of grants from the VSB fund and the Courtauld Institute of Art. 

E.F. (Esther) van der Hoorn, MA
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PhD candidate
prof. dr. G.T. (Goffe) Jensma
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Professor of Frisian Language and Literature; director of studies MA Multilingualism and BA Minorities & Multilingualism
Literatuurwetenschap; Tekst en beeld; Intermedia; Letterkunde Romaanse talen
dr. E.C.S. Jongeneel
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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
My research develops a process-based approach to art and visual material culture. In particular, I study how materials, tools, and practices partake in the meaning making of art; how images and texts represent and reflect creative practices; and how knowledge about making engenders material literacy. My approach is transhistorical and includes old and new media, ranging from oil paint and clay to aniline dyes and software. For an overview of academic activities and published work, see also:http://www.ann-sophielehmann.nl/     https://rug.academia.edu/AnnSophieLehmann
prof. dr. A.S. (Ann-Sophie) Lehmann
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Professor of Art History & Material Culture
Teaching interests include English for Academic Purposes, specifically English for students of International and European Law and International Business and Management students.  Furthermore, teaching English as a second language, verbal, presentation and writing skills.

Holds: UTQ
Tessel Luitjens is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, studying early modern art and theory. Her research focuses on the concept of style in Italian art and theory (1350-1600). 
A.T. (Tessel) Luitjens, MA
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PhD student
Research Interests:

Legal Anthropology    
Christianity/ies    
Publics and Counterpublics    
Religious Publicity    
Human Rights Law    
Evangelicalism(s)    
Morality & Values    

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Law & Religion: Anthropological Approaches    
Religion and the Politics of Human Rights    
Religion in the Public Domain    
Contested Humanity    
Cultural Impact of Religion: Working with Sources
Cultural Impact of Religion: BA Thesis Seminar

Under Contract: 

Princeton University Press. The Law and the Prophets: Public Christianity and Legal Theology in Contemporary England. (First monograph; working title.)

Recent Publications:       

2018. Human Rights and Broken Cisterns: Counterpublic Christianity and Rights-Based Discourse in Contemporary England. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2017.1420671). 

2018. Religious Freedom and the Politics of Empire. Religious Studies Review 44(1): 57-63 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rsr.13410). 

2018. The Impossibility of Religious Freedom: ‘Legal Religion’ and its Discontents. In Law and Religion – Leading Works. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge, pgs. 97-113. 

2017. Emoji Dei: Religious Iconography in the Digital Age. Bulletin for the Study of Religion 46(3-4): 56-61 (first author; co-written with Richard Amesbury). (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/1558/bsor.32715.) 

2017. Nothing Outside the Text? Religion and its Others in Emoji Discourse. Bulletin for the Study of Religion 46(3-4): 64-65 (first author; co-written with Richard Amesbury). (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/1558/bsor.34261.) 

2015. Carnal Exhibitions: Material Religion and the European Court of Human Rights. Ecclesiastical Law Journal 17(1): 3-14 (DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0956618X14000866 ).


Public Scholarship:       

2018. Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall. Public Books (URL: https://www.publicbooks.org/something-there-is-that-doesnt-love-a-wall/ ).  

2018. Good Publicity? Public Theology in an Age of Public Shame. Political Theology Network (URL: https://politicaltheology.com/good-publicity-public-theology-in-an-age-of-public-shame/?fbclid=IwAR3u4Z0DfI02936RsaAcnIVROsXSun2eMeleVrsR3gnXCKD6DrRVzm2lub4 ).

2018. Circumscribing the Body Politic: Circumcision, Religious Freedom, and Identity in Europe.   The Religion Factor ( URL https://www.rug.nl/research/centre-for-religious-studies/religion-conflict-globalization/blog/circumscribing-the-body-politic-circumcision-religious-freedom-and-identity-in-europe-29-03-2018 ). 

2017. Boredom in the Court. Religion: Going Public (URL: http://religiongoingpublic.com/archive/2017/boredom-in-the-court/ ).  

2016. The Rise of Religious Litigation: Courts and the Generation of Religious Publicity. LSE Religion and the Public Sphere Blog. (URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/religionpublicsphere/2016/08/01/the-rise-of-litigious-religion-courts-and-the-generation-of-religious-publicity/ ).
M.B. (Méadhbh) McIvor, PhD
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Assistant Professor of Religion, Law & Human Rights
Midrash; Culture and Cognition; Cognitive Science of religion; Cultural study of Emotions
dr. R. (Ronit) Nikolsky
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Assistant Professor Culture and Cognition
Film, Literature, Journalism, Documentary Studies
Film Theory, Aesthetics of Technology, Visual Media, Experimental Media Archaeology, Theory and History of the Grotesque.
prof. dr. A.M.A. (Annie) van den Oever
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Arts Culture and Media / Film
Tom research interests are in the areas of: extractive industries (natural resources based conflicts) , conflict and peace building, state and private security relations, international relations and diplomatic studies, and  human security.
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PhD student
Research and interventions in the context of serious medical  illness, concerning
- Meaning-in-Life 
- Existential-experiential psychotherapy
- Attachment, loss & trauma
- Patient-therapist relationship
- Psychotherapeutic Patient-care
- Education and Supervision for PhD's, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Doctors in training
dr. G. (Grieteke) Pool
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Assistant Professor & Clinical Psychologist
Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in the Graeco-Roman period, archaeology, Roman Judaea and the Jewish War against Rome, parabiblical literature, astrology and magic

see also http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/people-perspectives/inbeeld/mpopovic

prof. dr. M. (Mladen) Popovic
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Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Film Techniques and Visual Communication; Creativity & Innovation in Audiovisual Medium; Visual Storytelling; Cinematography; Asian Cinemas particularly East and Southeast Asian Cinemas; Film History; Film and Sociology; American Television Fiction; Filmmaking 
A. (Ari) Purnama, MA
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PhD Candidate in Film and Visual Communication Studies
maritime archaeology; cultural history; digital humanities;
M. (Manuela) Ritondale, MA
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PhD student
- PhD candidate in Cultural Geography, researching digital skills and digitisation mainly in rural areas
- Project researcher in the INTERREG 5B project CORA
C.T. (Christina) Rundel, MSc
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Media studies, user studies & STS, co-creation practices, Living lab methodologies, Digital Humanities Information studies
dr. S.C. (Sabrina) Sauer
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Assistant professor Media Studies
Media Theory and Media History (Film, Television, online video)
J. (Julia) Schumacher, PhD
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Landscape Archaeology
Pre-Roman Mediterranean Archaeology
Digital Humanities
Windows System Engineer
dr. J.F. (Jorn) Seubers
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Research Support consultant / Server and Storage Administration
human communication, information presentation, human computer interaction, natural language generation, affective computing, multimodal interaction.
dr. I.F. (Ielka) van der Sluis
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Assistant Professor
Digital Humanities, Translation Studies
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Religion, Conflict, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation; Religion and Politics; Community Development; Civil Society and Social Movements
dr. J. (Joram) Tarusarira
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Assistant Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding
American Studies
Colonial America
The American Revolution
The Early American Republic
The US South
The early modern Atlantic World
Ethnicity, national identity, and race
M.L. (Mark) Thompson
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Senior Lecturer of American Studies
Professor Pablo Valdivia is Chair of European Culture and Literature at the University of Groningen and Director of the Netherlands School for Literary Studies. 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 notions of "Literature and Crisis" from an interdisciplinary transnational perspective. The relation between "Exile and Literature" and "Literary Interculturality" are some of his main research focus as well. He is an expert on "Cultural Narratives" and "Conceptual Metaphors". He carries multidisciplinary research with special emphasis in the fields of Social Sciences, Cultural Industries 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 (CONICYT) 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 Head of Finances CLLiP Programmes (Cultures, Literatures, Linguistics, Politics). In 2018, Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" Faculty of Arts (University of Groningen).
Postcolonial European identity, South African literature and the literary field interdisciplinary project-based education
dr. M.C. (Margriet) van der Waal
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Senior Lecturer Euroculture/Professor by special appointment South African literature, culture and history
Artistic Cognition
Human Cognition
Reflective Imagination
Behavioral Adaptation
dr. A. (Alejandra) Wah
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Assistant Professor
Audience and Reception Research
dr. M.L. (Marline Lisette) Wilders
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Assistant Professor in Arts in Society / Empirical Research Methods Humanities
Religion and politics, secularism, refugees and forced migration, human rights, development, global justice, globalization, climate change
dr. E.K. (Erin) Wilson
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Associate Professor Politics and Religion
See website ESRIG / Science & Society Group: http://www.rug.nl/research/science-society-group/
Arts-based research; Cultural industries; Media and Cultural Entrepreneurship; Journalism; Media and Democracy; Media Pluralism; Action Research.
prof. dr. T.A.C. (Tamara) Witschge
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Associate Professor / Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Film and Media Technology, Experimental Media Archaeology, Film Phenomenology, Curatorial Studies and Museology, English Literature and Linguistics, Content Creation, Digital and Social Media, Visual Media, Online Marketing 
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