Joep Leerssen

Joep Leerssen

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Joep Leerssen is Professor of Contemporary European Literature at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA. His work focuses on four scientific fields: imagology, irish literature and cultural history, history of cultural nationalism in nineteenth-century Europe, and cultural relations in national peripheries.

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Rob van der Laarse

Rob van der Laarse is Professor of War Heritage at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA, and Co-Director of CLUE at the VU Faculty of Humanities. His expertise lays in the fields of modern European elite and intellectual cultures, cultural landscapes, heritage and identity politics, and the cultural roots and postwar memory of the Holocaust.

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Michael Wintle

Michael Wintle

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Michael Wintle is Professor of Modern European History at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. His fields of expertise are European identity, the visual representation and the cartography of Europe, and European citizenship and civil society.

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Luiza Bialasiewicz

Luiza Bialasiewicz is Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Relations at the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA and Director of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies. Her work focuses on the political geographies of European integration and more specifically addresses the creation of new 'Euro-Mediterranean spaces'.

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Claske Vos

Claske Vos

ACCESS EUROPE PostDoc

Claske Vos is postdoctoral researcher at ACCESS EUROPE and Lecturer European Studies at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. She investigates how European institutions employ cultural policy in (potential) candidate countries as a means to transcend national identifications and facilitate European integration processes.

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Elizabeth Büttner

Elizabeth Büttner is Professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA. In her research she focuses on the imperialistic, social and culture history of European nations and in particular addresses the historic processes of late-colonialism and decolonialisation in these nation-states.

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Michael Kemper

Michael Kemper is Professor of Eastern European Studies at he Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. His major field of expertise is Islam in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as the history of Oriental Studies in Europe.

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James Symonds

James Symonds is Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the archaeology of the modern world (c.AD 1450-present) and includes work on capitalism, colonialism, landscapes of improvement and diaspora, urban and industrial archaeology, and the archaeology of poverty. 

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Frank van Vree

Frank van Vree is director of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Amsterdam and Professor of History of War, Conflict of Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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Luiza Bialasiewicz

Luiza Bialasiewicz is Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Relations at the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA and Director of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies. Her work focuses on the political geographies of European integration and more specifically addresses the creation of new 'Euro-Mediterranean spaces'.

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Mireille Rosello

Mireille Rosello is Professor of Literature at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA and engages in comparative and interdisciplinary cultural studies of contemporary objects, and visual or textual narratives, with a specific focus on gender studies and dasporic, (post)colonial studies in Europe.

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Ellen Rutten

Ellen Rutten is Professor of Literature at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA. Her work concentrates on post-Soviet culture, literature, art, new media, digital humanities, and memory.

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Nanci Adler

Nanci Adler is Professor of Memory, History and Transnational Justice at the department of East European Studies of the University of Amsterdam. She is also Director of Research at the Dutch Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) and specializes in transnational justice, Gulag studies, and the legacy of Communism. 

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Giselinde Kuipers

Giselinde Kuipers is a professor of cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam and principal investigator in a research project on the sociology of beauty. She published a book on the sociology of humor in 2006 entitled Good humor, bad taste: a sociology of the joke.

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Sarah de Lange

Sarah de Lange is Professor by special appointment at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and holds the Dr. J.M. Den Uyl chair. Her main research interests concern parties, party families, and party systems. Her work is broad in geographical scope and examines party politics in a range of East and West European countries.

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Samuël Kruizinga

Samuël Kruizinga is Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. His main research interest comprise European international relations between 1815 and 1939, foreign policy formation, and economic welfare.

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Alex Drace-Francis

Alex Drace-Francis is Associate Professor, Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Amsterdam. His three main research interests are the cultural history of Romania and southeastern Europe in the modern period, travel writing as a source for ideas of cultural encounter, and European identity as a whole.

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Ulad Belavusau

Uladzislau Belavusau is Assistant Professor of European Law at the University of Amsterdam and Senior Researcher in European Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. His fields of expertise are EU law, human rights and comparative constitutional law, while in recent research focusing on (EU) anti-discrimination law and legal governance of historical memory.

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Natalie Scholz

Natalie Scholz is Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary history at the department of History of the University of Amsterdam. Her research centers around the cultural history of the political in 19th and 20th century Europe, with a specific focus on Germany and France. 

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Robin de Bruin

Robin de Bruin is Assistant Professor at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA. His research interests include technocratic ideology, (neo)corportatism, Europeanisation and domestic change, and the transformation of the European idea.

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Chiara de Cesari

Chiara de Cesari is Assistant Professor in European and Cultural Studies at Humanities Faculty of the UvA. Her research centers around the concepts of heritage, memory and broader cultural politics and the ways in which these change under conditions of globalisation, particularly the intersection of cultural memory, transnationalism and nation-state transformation.

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László Marácz

László Marácz is Assistant Professor in European Studies at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on Dutch and Hungarian linguistics, language policies regarding these languages and (politics of) multilangualism in Europe more generally.

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Carlos Reijnen

Carlos Reijnen is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. He specialises in European integration and Central and Eastern European history and politics. His current research interests focus on East West relations in Europe and on the construction of European public sphere(s).

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Marleen Rensen

Marleen Rensen is Assistant Professor of European Studies at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA and specialises in modern European literature, with a specific focus on France in the interwar period. Her research interests also include romanticism, literature and war, and eurofascism.

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Ihab Saloul

Ihab Saloul is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on contemporary cultural thought in the Middle East by comparatively studying the ways in which conflicted understandings of collective memory help to (re)shape the Palestine-Israeli conflict.

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Guido Snel

Guido Snel is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. He specialises in contemporary Central and East European literatures.

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Matthijs Lok

Matthijs Lok is assistant professor of Modern (Western) European History at the European Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. His current research concerns The history of the idea of European pluralism and transnational conservatism and the European counter-Enlightenment. 

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Jamal Shahin

Jamal Shahin is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the VU in Brussels. His research emphasis lays on the EU as an international actor and European Information Society policies, and the role of ICT in both these strands.

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Huub van Baar

Huub van Baar is research fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA and Assistant Professor Political Theory at the University of Giessen. His work addresses concepts of Europeanisation, citizenship and securitisation in the context of the Roma population in Central-Eastern Europe.

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Karin van Leeuwen

Karin van Leeuwen is lecturer of Modern European History at the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA. She broadly focuses on the modern history of European integration and European political history of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

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Zuzanna Dziuban

Zuzanna Dziuban is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (within iC-ACCESS HERA project) and DAAD/Marie-Curie PRIME fellow at the University of Konstanze. Her current research focuses on the contemporary European memory, the relations between violence, memory and space.

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P.W. Zuidhof

P.W. Zuidhof is Assistant Professor in European political economy in the European Studies program in the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the history and philosophy of neoliberalism. He is especially interested in the relation between economics and neoliberalism and its specific European manifestations.

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Christian Noack

Christian Noack is Associate Professor in Eastern European Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. His research is focused on the past and present of Muslims and other Minorities  in Russia and Central Asia, the cultural and social history of the late Soviet period and the representations of history and collective memories across Europe.

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Oscar Verkaaik

Oscar Verkaaik is a researcher at the department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. He is currently developing a research program on religious architecture, in particular new purpose-built mosques in Europe, in which he focuses on how new mosque projects for involved involved parties create a process of reflection on the place and role of Muslims in a Western society.

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Laura Boerhout

Laura Boerhout is a PhD Candidate at the Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies of the UvA. Her main areas of interests are (intergenerational) transmission of memories, transcultural memory, oral history, memory activism, with a particular focus on South-Eastern Europe.

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Enno Maessen

Enno Maessen is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), part of the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the relationship of identity, space, and history in the context of historical and spatial imaginings of Beyoğlu, a pivotal district in Istanbul.

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Dana Dolghin

Dana Dolghin is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies of the UvA, where her project approaches recent memory culture in Romania. She is generally intersecting interests in stabilized discourses on memory in the European context, social memory studies, sociology of knowledge and representation. 

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Tymen Peverelli

Tymen Peverelli is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Culture and History (ASCH) of the UvA. His PhD project focuses on the interaction between urban and national identification in the Netherlands and Belgium during the nineteenth century. Tymen is also teaching in the 'EU in de klas' course.

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Anouk Zuurmond

Anouk Zuurmond is a PhD candidate at the Humanities Faculty of the UvA. Her research focuses on strategies and effects of transnational projects that aim to facilitate reflections on a shared European identity.

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Milou van Hout

Milou van Hout is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) of the University of Amsterdam. Her research deals with the development and construction of cosmopolitan perceptions and representations of cultural citizenship in Trieste, Italy and Rijeka, Croatia. 

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Josip Kesic

Josip Kesic is a PhD candidate at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. In his research he analyses the cultural responses from two European border regions - Spain and Balkans - to the resilient stereotypical images often portraying them as exotically not fully 'European'. 

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Lora Sariaslan

Lora Sariaslan is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on contemporary visual artists and issues of transnational mobility within the European context through a special interest in Turkey. 

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