Editorial board


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.

Anasuya Virmani
graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Literature and International Relations. Her interests lie across the fields of Trauma Literature, remembrance of war and atrocity, visual politics, Political Islam and environmentalism. She has previously written on visual refugee discourse, neo-Ottomanism, Algerian protest songs and the representation of 9/11 jumpers in literature. In her future research she aims to explore the intersection of the two disciplines further by studying literature, visual art and music as International Relations.

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.

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.

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.