dr. K. Mierau
Dr. Konstantin Mierau is Senior Lecturer for European Culture and Literature (Spanish), at the department of European Languages and Cultures of the University of Groningen. In addition, Mierau is the programme director of the Graduate School for the Humanities.
Dr. Mierau's research focuses on the relationship between marginal groups and literary representations. Key questions are: what is the influence of literary representations of marginal groups on the historiography on marginal groups? What role do literary representations play in the public perception(s) of marginal groups? What role do literary representations play in the self-identification of marginal groups, prisoners in particular? Mierau disseminates this research in academic publications and lectures, as well as at public events and workshops.
Konstantin Mierau (1981) obtained a Ba in Romance Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen in 2007. In 2009, he was awarded an MA (cum laude) in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a selective two-year research masters programme. In 2009 Mierau obtained a four-year all-expenses-covered Ubbo Emmius PhD-scholarship in order to conduct an independently designed PhD research project. In 2013 this project was finalised with a thesis on the literary representation of transient marginals in early-modern Madrid. For this thesis, Mierau combined extensive archival study in Spain with the analysis of literary representations. From 2010 to 2012 Mierau also held a position as lecturer at the department of Spanish Languages and Cultures at the University of Amsterdam. From 2013 to 2015, Mierau held a position as (Junior) Assistant Professor at the University of Utrecht, where he developed several new courses and taught at the section of Spanish Language and Culture and the MA-programme Intercultural Communication.
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