Prof. Dr. Brigitte Adriaensen

Professor of Hispanic literature and culture


About Brigitte Adriaensen

Brigitte Adriaensen is a professor of Hispanic literature and culture at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) and a professor of Literary Studies at the Open University of the Netherlands. She is also member of the editorial board of Foro Hispánico (Brill) and of several other journals and book series. In the Netherlands, she is part of the board of the CEDLA (Center of Documentation for Latin America).

She obtained her PhD from KU Leuven (Belgium) and wrote her dissertation on contemporary Spanish literature. From 2009 till 2013 she was part of the research project A Deep Need in Contemporary Fiction. The Reception of Jorge Luis Borges in the World Republic of Letters. From 2011 to 2016, she was the project leader of the NWO-funded research project entitled The Politics of Irony in Contemporary Latin American Literature on Violence, where she worked with a team of several researchers on this topic. In 2011 she was also one of the key founders of the network VYRAL (Violencia y Representación en América Latina, She has organized numerous international conferences, panel sessions and symposia with her colleagues on the representation of violence.

She has published widely on contemporary Latin American and Spanish culture and she has supervised many PhD-theses in the field of Cultural and Literary Studies, especially in relation to memory studies and violence studies. Other fields of interest are the representation of slow violence and climate change, humor studies, drug studies and migration studies. She collaborates intensively with her PhD-students, involving them in her own research and educational projects. Several of her previous PhD-students now hold tenure tracked positions in the UK and Chile. Today, a focus point in her research group is the relation between literature/art, activism and memory studies, for example in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and also from a comparative, Latin Americanist or transatlantic perspective.

About the Graduate School for the Humanities

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