is currently in his second year of the Research Master’s Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Leiden University. His primary interest is the intersection between literature and (philosophical) theory, in particular contemporary theories of materialism.
Claudia Vásquez-Caicedo Rainero
is a recent graduate of the RMA in Comparative Literary Studies programme at Utrecht University. She is now a lecturer of the Literary Studies BA at the same institution. She completed her BA in Hispanic Literature (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru), where she focused on discourse analysis, gender, and postcolonial power structures in Peruvian short stories. Her main interests and projects revolve around cultural memory, decolonial studies, and aesthetics in contemporary narratives, particularly in Latin America.
is a first-year student of the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. She completed her BA in Language and Culture Studies, during which she focused on Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies and English Literature. Her interests include activism, sustainability, and bridging the gap between research and society.
Amanda Castro Thijssen
is a graduate of the BA in Literary Studies and is doing her third year of the BA English Language and Culture at Utrecht University. Her main interests are cultural memory (especially focused on WWII, the Spanish Civil War and their aftermath), feminist texts and symbolism in literary texts.
Thomas van Gaalen
is currently in his second year of the History Research Master programme at Utrecht University. He previously received a BA in history and an MA in cultural history. His research projects depart from a post-Marxist cultural historical and conceptual historical background and focus on the way socio-political movements re-articulate and rearrange pre-existing historical narratives and ideas in an attempt to counter structural inequality and the effects of capitalism.
completed her BA in English and Portuguese literature and linguistics at the University of Bucharest and is currently pursuing the Literature Today MA at Utrecht University. Her current research explores the political potential of subversive female characters in fiction and the media by examining the role of contemporary postfeminism and neoliberalism in marginalizing such characters.
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.
Kelly van der Meulen
is pursuing the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University, where her research interests include utopianism, game studies, cultural memory and ecocriticism. Previously she obtained the MA Literature Today where she did an internship in publishing and wrote a thesis on contemporary feminist dystopian fiction. Her current research projects include transmedia storytelling and studies of flooding in literature.
is in his first year of the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. He holds a BA in Philosophy and English Language and Culture. His previous research has focused on the ontology of power and biopolitics in dystopian fiction, and on the function of concepts such as anthropocentrism, commodity fetishism and species-being in Timothy Morton’s ecophilosophy. His current interests include the intersection between literature and philosophy, critical theory, deconstruction, Object-Oriented Ontology, and different epistemologies concerning the nature of fiction.
Marit van de Warenburg
is a second-year student of the Research Master Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. She holds a BA in English and German Language and Culture, specifically focusing on intertextuality and education. Her interests include cultural memory studies, feminism and affect theory.