Editorial board

Editors-in-Chief

Kelly van der Meulen
is pursuing the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University, where her research interests include the environmental humanities, cultural memory studies and utopianism. Previously she obtained the MA Literature Today, where she interned at a major publishing house, and the BA Comparative Literature. Her current research centres around water and operates on the intersection between cultural memory and ecocriticism and considers Dutch flood narratives as a way to manage the established difficulties of narrating climate change.

Sven Verouden
is currently enrolled in the RMA Gender Studies at Utrecht University. After graduating in English Language and Culture (BA) and Comparative Literature (RMA), Sven is mainly working in the field of transgender studies, interested in the various ways in which marginalized people write and fight back. Besides doing research, Sven also writes poetry and (short) stories.

Editorial Staff

Luka Hattuma
is currently a student of the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. She obtained her BSc International Development Studies at Wageningen University, where she focused primarily on marginalized entities, activism and nature conservation. In her previous research, she engaged with (the intersection of) convivial conservation, Indigenous people and non-human existence. In doing so, embracing different onto-epistemologies in-and-beyond literature has been, and still is, a common thread in her research. Her current fields of interests include posthumanism, counter-narratives, animal studies and ecocriticism.

Renée Hoogland
is a recent graduate of the research master Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests lie at the interstices of literary theory, the environmental humanities, and cultural anthropology. Renée has written on the cultural history of intimacy, water infrastructures, and literary garden mediations. Her current research tracks the cultural landscape of the North Sea, bringing into focus new ocean literacies that detail the tensions between ecology and economy in increasingly polluted environments.

Marije Huging
is a current student of the RMA programme Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. Previously, she obtained her BA at University College Roosevelt, where she studied literature, history and anthropology. In her previous research, she has focused on the construction of human sexuality in cultural objects, looking specifically at feminist subversions of patriarchal notions of female sexuality in literary texts and film. Right now, her research interests include women’s writing,  cultural memory studies  and the environmental humanities.

Marrit Dide Meinema
is a recent graduate of the RMA Comparative Literary Studies programme at Utrecht University. She is currently working as a marketing trainee for Amsterdam University Press. She holds a BA in English Language and Culture. Her current research explores the exclusion of experimental women’s writing, feminism and art writing. Her other research interests include animal studies and the intersection between postcolonialism and ecocriticism.

Lisa van Straten 
is a graduate of the BA Literary Studies and soon-to-be student of the research master Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. In her previous research, she has focused primarily on narrative identity in relation to (cultural) memory and trauma theory by analyzing the manifold ways in which literary texts and discourses (de)construct individual identity, particularly in regard to the female identity. Building on this theoretical framework, her current research is concerned with the usages and transformations of canonical themes, genres and archetypes in literature from the 1900s until the 1950s.  

Nienke Veenstra
is currently a student of the Comparative Literary Studies RMA at Utrecht University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with philosophy, literature, and history as majors, which she obtained at University College Utrecht. Her research there focused on environmental science fiction, Gothic fiction, philosophical implications of artificial intelligence, and more specifically on scientific debates on Darwinism in nineteenth century literature and its influence on the perceived relation between humans and nature. Her current research interests are ecocriticism, Gothic studies, memory studies, animal studies, post- and transhumanism, and the intersection of philosophy and literature.