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Platform for Postcolonial Readings


The Platform for Postcolonial Readings is organized by Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Sarah De Mul (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Isabel Hoving (Universiteit Leiden), and Liesbeth Minnaard (Universiteit Leiden).

Elisabeth Bekers

Elisabeth Bekers is Lecturer of British and Postcolonial Literatures at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Erasmushogeschool Brussel and as researcher also affiliated with the Universiteit Antwerpen (Postcolonial Literatures Research Group) and FWO-Vlaanderen. Her research focuses on literature from the African continent and its diaspora. She is the author of a comparative study of literature on female genital excision by writers of African descent (Rising Anthills, University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) and co-editor of Transcultural Modernities: narrating Africa in Europe (Matatu: Journal of African Culture and Society, Rodopi, 2009). She has written various articles on literary explorations of female genital excision, the fiction of Nawal El Saadawi and Alice Walker, postcolonial rewritings of Robinson Crusoe, Black British Writing, and literature by authors of African descent in Flanders, Belgium, in volumes published by Africa World Press, Ayebia Clarke, Rodopi and L’Harmattan.

Sarah De Mul

Dr. Sarah De Mul received her PhD at the University of Amsterdam and previously held a NWO Rubicon fellowship at the University of Leiden. She is currently FWO-Postdoctoral Fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Lecturer at the Open University the Netherlands . She is also affiliated with the Universiteit Antwerpen (Postcolonial Literatures Research Group).

She wrote a study of issues of colonialism and memory in contemporary women’s travel writing (Colonial Memory, Amsterdam University Press, 2011) and a Dutch-language monograph on multiculturalism in Flanders entitled Een leeuw in een kooi. (Meulenhoff-Manteau, 2009, with K. Arnhaut, S. Bracke, B. Ceuppens, N. Fadil & M. Kanmaz). She is co-editor of Commitment and Complicity in Cultural Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, with B. O. Firat and S. van Wichelen), Literature, Language, and Multiculturalism in Scandinavia and the Low Countries (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011, with W. Behschnitt and L. Minnaard) and The Postcolonial Low Countries (Lexington Books, 2012, with E. Boehmer).

Her publications and research interests are situated in the field of comparative postcolonial studies with a particular focus on literatures in Dutch and English. Her current projects explore adaptations of postcolonial theory in the Low Countries, migrant writing in Flanders and European (colonial) writing about Africa/the Congo.

Isabel Hoving

Dr. Isabel Hoving is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Film and Literary Studies of the University of Leiden. She teaches and publishes on postcoloniality, globalization, gender, sexuality, and ecocriticism. A study on Caribbean women’s writing was published by Stanford University Press (In Praise of New Travelers, 2001), and she has edited books on the influence of migrants on Dutch everyday culture (Veranderingen van het Alledaagse, 2005), the cultural interactions between Africa, Europe, and the America’s (Africa and Its Significant Others, 2003), the innovative aspects of Caribbean and/or postcolonial writing (Convergences and Interferences: Newness in Intercultural Practices, 2001), and the intertwining of gender, sexuality and race (Overcoming Boundaries: Comparing Ethnic/Gendered/Sexual Cultures, 2000). She is working on an edited book with Philomena Essed on Dutch racism, and has just completed a monograph on the intersections of the theories of globalization and postcoloniality, and ecocriticism. She is associate editor of the book series Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race, and Ecozon@: the European Journal on Literature, Culture, and the Environment. She is also an award-winning creative writer.

Liesbeth Minnaard

Dr. Liesbeth Minnaard is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at Leiden University. Before obtaining this position she studied and worked at Utrecht University (MA), University College Dublin, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, University of Trier (PhD), and Cornell University. Her main fields of expertise are interculturality in literature and the cultural effects of migration and globalisation. She has published widely on literature of migration, as well as on exoticism in literature, representations of the national, and issues of gender and sexuality. Her publications include the monograph New Germans, New Dutch. Literary Interventions (Amsterdam University Press, 2008) and the edited volume Ethnizität und Geschlecht. (Post-)Koloniale Verhandlungen in Geschichte, Kunst und Medien (Cologne; Weimar; Vienna: Böhlau, 2005). Currently she is co-writing a book on multiculturality in Dutch literature, provisionally entitled Beyond the multicultural drama (with M. Boletsi, S. De Mul and I. Hoving), and co-editing a volume on Literature, Language and Multiculturality in Scandinavia and the Low Countries (with W. Behschnitt and S. De Mul; Rodopi, forthcoming 2011). She is a member of the international Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies (CePoG) at Trier University.

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