Speakers of the Ravenstein Seminar 2013 are:

Prof. dr. Mineke Bosch is Professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Arts, University Groningen. Her research interests are: (auto)biography and life writing, including the use of unpublished ‘egodocuments’, the history of (international) women’s movements, the history of gender and science, commemorative practices and historical culture. In 2005 she published the biography of a prominent Dutch feminist Aletta H. Jacobs. In 1910 she edited and annotated, and published the fascinating diary of a ‘new woman’, Frederike van Uildriks. In 2013 a volume with essays on life writing and biography will be published.

Dr. Gaston Franssen is assistant professor Literature & Diversity at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests include contemporary Dutch and American-English literature, reception aesthetics, bestseller authorship, literary celebrity, and the relationship between literature and popular culture in general. In 2011, he published on literary celebrity in the Journal of Dutch Studies.

Prof. dr. Odile Heynders is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Tilburg University and was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Advanced Study in 1998/99, and 2004/05. Her recent research is on literary authors as European public intellectuals. Heynders is Head of the Research Programme Literature and Visual Art in the European Public Sphere, co-supervisor of the research team (PhD’s & Post docs) TRAPS: Transformations of the Public Sphere, and coordinator of the Tilburg European Honours Programme starting September 2012.

Dr. Dennis Kersten is lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Arts as well as the Department of English Language and Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen. His dissertation, Travels with Fiction in the Field of Biography. Writing the Lives of Three Nineteenth-Century Authors (2011), deals with the fictionalisation of the life stories of Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde. He is a member of the International Auto/Biography Association and assistent-editor of Tijdschrift voor Biografie. 

Dr. Marc de Kesel (PhD Philosophy) is a senior researcher at the Faculty of Religious Studies, an affiliated researcher at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, and a lecturer at the Arteveldehogeschool Ghent. His research area covers continental philosophy, religion theory, psychoanalysis, Holocaust Studies, art criticism and culture criticism. Some of his recent publications are: Goden Breken. Essays over Monotheïsme (Boom 2010); Auschwitz mon amour: Over Shoah, fictie en liefde (Boom 2012); Žižek (Boom 2012) and Niets dan liefde. Het vileine wonder van de gift (Sjibbolet 2012).

Dr. Sanna Lehtonen completed her joint PhD in English language and literature at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Macquarie University (Australia) in 2010. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Culture Studies, Tilburg University, in a project called ‘Transformations of the Public Sphere’ where she examines the reception of adult and children’s literature in social media. She has just completed a book on girlhood, invisibility and age-shifting in children’s fantasy literature (forthcoming from McFarland in 2013).

Dr. Henriëtte Louwerse is senior lecture at the University of Sheffield. She wrote her PhD-thesis on the literary works of the contemporary Dutch author Hafid Bouazza. This monograph Homeless Entertainment was published in 2007. Her research interests lie in the area of migration and literature, issues of multiculturalism, and women´s writing in Dutch. She is currently working on a project investigating the ambivalent attitude towards the notion of community as expressed in contemporary Dutch literature. For this project she collaborates with Dr. Liesbeth Minnaard from Leiden University. Louwerse is also involved in the European Culture project citybooks, an extensive literary project that seeks to develop alternative, principally literary travel guides to European cities.

Dr. André Nusselder is a Dutch philosopher. He studied in Nijmegen, Leuven and Paris, and taught philosophy, theory of new media and of the network society at the universities of Rotterdam, Utrecht and Amsterdam. Currently he is director of the PhD program for professionals at the Academy for Information & Management in Amsterdam. He published the books Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology (MIT Press 2009), and The Surface Effect: The Screen of Fantasy in Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2012). He is writing a book “on” Georges Bataille, travel stories (‘situational thinking’), and (philosophical) dialogues.

Prof. dr. Jürgen Pieters is professor of literary theory at Ghent University. He 
is the author of, among others, Speaking with the dead. Reflections on 
literature and history (2005) and Historische letterkunde vandaag en 
morgen (2011). He has edited scholarly collections on the work of Stephen Greenblatt, Roland Barthes and Catherine Belsey.