Speakers of the Ravenstein Seminar 2014 are:


Jan Baetens is professor in Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Leuven. His research is primarily focused on contemporary French poetry (which he also practices himself) and the relationship between words and images in texts, often in so-called smaller genres (comics, photonovels, novelization).

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth is associate professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University and project leader of the NWO-funded VIDI research project Back to the Book (June 2011-2016). She gained both her MA and her Phd degree cum laude, and started out as an assistant professor at Utrecht University in 2001. Between September 2009 and June 2011, she worked as a senior researcher on a joint project on satire and intermediality. Between August 2010-August 2011 she was a visiting scholar at the Comparative Literature Department at Harvard University. Her books include Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature Through Cinema and Cyberspace (NY: Fordham UP/Oxford UP), Musically Sublime (NY: Fordham UP), and with Ann Rigney, Het leven van teksten (Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP), an introductory text on Literary Studies used throughout the Netherlands. She has published widely in peer-reviewed volumes, and in journals like Comparative Literature, Journal of the Philosophy of History, Image and Narrative. She is finishing a new monograph entitled Overwriting.

Yra van Dijk is full professor in Modern Dutch Literature at Leiden University. Her PhD (University of Amsterdam) on blanks and silences in modern poetry was published as a monograph (2006), after which she became assistant professor in Amsterdam. Van Dijk was a visiting scholar at UCSD in 2010, studying digital communities for the HERA-project ELMCIP. She writes reviews and essays voor the book section of NRC-Handelsblad.

Rick Dolphijn is a writer and a philosopher who works on materialist culture and materialist philosophy. He has published two books (2004, 2012 with Iris van der Tuin) and is finishing a third (edited with Rosi Braidotti). Currently he reads Guattari and Deleuze, Spinoza and Malabou and writes on ecology, art and activism. He teaches at Utrecht University and is strongly involved with its Centre for the Humanities.

Joyce Goggin is a Senior Associate Professor of Literature, Film and New Media at the Department of Languages and Letters, at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on literature, film, popular culture and media studies, approached from an economic perspective. In 2010 she co-edited The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature: Critical Essays on the Form, a collection of essays on comic books and graphic novels. She continues to publish on a wide range of topics, such as gambling, finance, film adaptations and games.

Jan Hein Hoogstad is an Assistant Professor in Cultural Analysis and Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam. Last summer he was a coach and teaching assistant at Dev Bootcamp in San Francisco. In 2008, Jan Hein was a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and a research fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. He studied philosophy and media studies at the University of Utrecht and the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Simon Morris is Programme Leader in Fine Art at Teesside University and a conceptual writer whose work appears in the form of exhibitions, publications, installations, films, actions and texts which all revolve around the form of the book and often involve collaborations with people from the fields of art, creative technology, literature and psychoanalysis. Together with Craig Dworking and Nick Thurston, he wrote “Do or DIY: information as material” (2012), which is currently being translated into different languages.

Liedeke Plate is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is author of Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women’s Rewriting (Palgrave, 2011), and co-editor of Technologies of Memory in the Arts (Palgrave, 2009) and Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture (Routledge, 2013). Her research focuses on women’s rewritings of well-known, classic or canonical texts and explores the relation between literature, gender and cultural memory. Her current project focuses on the participatory cultures of rewriting ‘great books’ across multiple media platforms, exploring the material and social ‘things’ people do with them.

Jan Rock is assistant professor in modern Dutch literature at the University of Amsterdam. His research activities aim at an encompassing, socially embedded history of Dutch philology, focussing on cultural nationalism, epistemology, subjectivity and materialization in the study of literature from the eighteenth century onwards. He is also employed at the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms, as assistant-editor for the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (ed. J.Th. Leerssen, 2015). His PhD thesis will be published shortly as Papieren monumenten. Filologie en nationalisme in de Lage Landen, 1591-1863 (Vantilt, 2014).

Iris van der Tuin is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Philosophy of Science in the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She edited Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture (Routledge, 2009) with Rosemarie Buikema, and wrote New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012) with Rick Dolphijn. Her articles have appeared in among others Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Australian Feminist Studies, European Journal of Women’s Studies, History of the Human Sciences, Philosophy&Technology, Women: A Cultural Review and Women’s Studies International Forum. She is currently finishing her NWO-Veni project ‘The Material Turn in the Humanities’ and has recently received an EU-Cost grant in order to set up the network New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’.

See here for the program of Ravenstein 2014.