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Astrid Van Weyenberg

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. A.L.B. Van Weyenberg
Telephone
+31 71 527 8003
E-mail
a.l.b.van.weyenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0002-2171-4446

I am especially interested in the relation between literature and politics. This relation is at the core of my book “The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy” (Brill, 2013). There, I analyse how African reworkings of Greek tragedies perform a cultural politics directed at the Europe that has traditionally considered Greece as its property, foundation and legitimization. I additionally discuss how these adaptations invite us to reconsider how we think about the genre of tragedy and about the cultural process of adaptation.

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Fields of interest

Postcolonial Studies, Globalization Studies, South African Literature, African Drama, Irish Drama, Greek Tragedy, Literary and Cultural Theory.

Research

I am especially interested in the relation between literature and politics. This relation is at the core of my book “The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy” (Brill, 2013). There, I analyse how African reworkings of Greek tragedies perform a cultural politics directed at the Europe that has traditionally considered Greece as its property, foundation and legitimization. I additionally discuss how these adaptations invite us to reconsider how we think about the genre of tragedy and about the cultural process of adaptation.

At present, I am doing research on constructions of Europe as a narrative in European cultural projects. I seek to analyze what stories of and for Europe cultural projects construct and what political implications a close reading of these stories reveals. 

Teaching

Literature and Theory - Poetry Analysis - Interculturality: Key Concepts - Histories of Gender and Sexuality - Contemporary Visions of Gender and Sexuality - World Literature - Academic Skills - Introduction to Dramatic Media (theater) - Comparative Studies - BA and MA Thesis Supervision

CV

• Lecturer, Department of Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University (Since 2014)

• Lecturer, Department of Literary Studies, University of Amsterdam (2010-2014).

• Part-time Lecturer, Department of English Language and Culture, University of Amsterdam (2011-2012).

• AiO (funded PhD position), The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Department of Literary Studies, University of Amsterdam (2005-2010).

Key publications

• “Ook Vluchteling hoort bij Europese Geschiedenis.” Opinion piece in Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant. 6 November 2015.

• "Repairing Europe: A Critical Reading of Storytelling in European Cultural Projects," Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present. Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race Eds. Hanneke Stuit, Esther Peeren and Astrid Van Weyenberg. Amsterdam: Brill, 2016.

• “From Black Athena to Black Dionysus and beyond? Some thoughts on analysing African adaptations of Greek tragedy,” World Language(s) and World Literature(s). Eds. Theo D’haen & Iannis Goerlandt. Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins, 2015.

• “African Antigones: Pasts, Presents, Futures,” The Returns of Antigone. Eds. Tina Chanter & Sean Kirkland. New York: State University of New York Press, 2014: 261-280.

• Monograph The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2013.

• “Staging Transition: The Oresteia in post-apartheid South Africa," Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture: Enacting Conflict and Resistance, Aesthetically. Eds. Mieke Bal & Miguel Ángel Hernandez-Navarro. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2012: 69-90. 

• “Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy: Performing Politics,” African Athena: New Agendas Eds. Daniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra & Tessa Roynon. Oxford University Press, 2011: 326-342. 

• “Looking in, from elsewhere,” with Paulina Aroch Fugellie, Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011. Eds. Esther Peeren & Murat Aydemir. Amsterdam: ASCA Press, 2011: 199-208.

• “Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan’s Tègònni: an African Antigone,” Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism. Eds. Steve Wilmer & Audrone Zukauskaite. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2010: 366-378.

• Book review: Alma Parens Originalis? The Receptions of Classical Literature and Thought in Africa, Europe, the United States, and Cuba, Acta Classica, Journal of the Classical Association of South Africa, 2009: 135-138. 

• “‘Rewrite this ancient end!’ Staging transition in post-apartheid South Africa,” New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 3. Ed. Lorna Hardwick, 2008. Online.

• “Antigone on the African Stage: ‘Wherever the call for freedom is heard!’” Migrant Settings, Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race. Eds. Murat Aydemir & Alex Rotas. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2008: 119-137.

• Encyclopaedic entries: “Liz Lochhead” and “Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off,” Columbia Grolier Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. Eds. Gabrielle Cody & Evert Sprinchorn. 2008: 873-874.

• “Antigone as Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan’s Tègònni: an African Antigone,” Journal of African Literature and Culture 4: A Widening Frontier. Ed. Charles Smith, 2007: 59-80.

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Literatuurwetenschap

Work address

Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B1.06

Contact

  • Weyenberg A.L.B. & Spaans D. (2023), Fortress Europe: “The Timeworn continent”, European Alternatives 2: 27-33. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Van Weyenberg A.L.B. & Spaans D. (2022), ‘What I shall miss’: European heritage in Tom Lanoye’s Fortress Europe (2005), Journal of European Studies 52(3-4): 272-288. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Muffels N.Y.A. & Van Weyenberg A.L.B., Activating podcasts in university education. Media and Learning. [web article]. Web publicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2021), Co-organizer and chair panel "European heritage and citizenship", 27th International Conference of Europeanists: Europe’s Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias. [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B van (2021), (Re)staging European Heritage: Tom Lanoye’s Fortress Europe. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2021), Presentation expert meeting in the workshop "Podcasting as an effective tool for learning" by the Media & Learning Association. [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2020), European History on Display, Politique Européenne 66(Special Issue Narrating “Europe”: A Contested Imagined Community): 44-71. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van & Oleart A. (Eds.) (2020), Narrating “Europe”: A Contested Imagined Community. Special Issue Politique Européenne. Politique Européenne. Boekredactie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van, Antigone in Kinshasa. Leiden Arts in Society. Leiden: Leiden University. [blog entry]. Web publicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2020), Invited speaker OpenEUDebate Discussion “The Politics of a Fragmented European Public Sphere”, a Jean Monnet Academic Network coordinated by Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), the National School of Political Science and PublicAdministration (Romania), Institut d'études européennes de l'Université libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and Agenda Pública (Spain), Bucharest, 27-28 April 2020 (*Cancelled due to Corona pandemic). [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), “’Sharing Heritage, Sharing Values’? A critical consideration of European Heritage Discourse”. Racial Orders, Racist Borders, Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies. University of Amsterdam. Sixth Annual ACGS Conference: Racial Orders, Racist Borders 17 October 2019 - 18 October 2019. Non-refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), “’Burgers van Europa’: Bedenkingen bij de Retoriek van Verbondenheid”, Collateral: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading 21: . 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Panel participant conference Re/Un-working Tragedy: Perspectives from the Global South, Cambridge University). [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Symposium “Narrative, Heritage and Crises”, at the invitation of Magdalena Kmak, leader of the project “Migration and the narratives of Europe as an ‘Area of freedom, security and justice’ at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie), University of Helsinki. Seminar “Narratives, heritage and crises” In collaboration with EUROSTORIE Centre of Excellence (UHelsinki) 20 November 2019 - 21 November 2019. Non-refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Organizer and chair panel “Narrating ‘Europe’: A Contested Imagined Community”, 26th International Conference of Europeanists, Sovereignty in Contention: Nations, Regions and Citizens in Europe, with Alvaro Oleart (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Madrid. [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Peer reviews: South African Theatre Journal, eds. Sruti Bala and Mark Fleishman. [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Peer reviews: International Journal of the Classical Tradition, ed. Katherine Cecilia Harloe. [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2019), Peer reviews: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America. [other]. Overig
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2017), Europa als verhaal? Een kritische lezing van het Huis van de Europese Geschiedenis, Vooys: tijdschrift voor letteren 35(4): 20-30. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2016), "Repairing Europe: A Critical Reading of Storytelling in European Cultural Projects". In: Weyenberg A.L.B., Stuit H. van & Peeren E. (Eds.), Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present. Amsterdam: Brill. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van, Stuit H. & Peeren E. (2016), Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present. Amsterdam: Brill. Boek
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2015), From Black Athena to Black Dionysus and beyond? Some thoughts on analysing African adaptations of Greek tragedy. In: D'haen T. & Goerlandt I. (Eds.), World Language(s) and World Literature(s). Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2014), African Antigones: Pasts, Presents, Futures. In: Chanter T. & Kirkland S. (Eds.), The return of Antigone. New York: State University of New York Press. 261-280. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2014), 'Narrating Europe': the European Institute for Cultural Routes. Revolting Peripheries. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2013), Reparing Europe (Digitization and (Trans)-National Memory Workshop (Amsterdam)). Digitization and (Trans)-National Memory Workshop. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2013), Repairing Europe (Global Positioning Systems (Toronto)). Global Positioning Systems. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2013), The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers. Boek
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2012), Staging Transition: The Oresteia in post-apartheid South Africa. In: Bal M. & Ángel Hernandez-Navarro M. (Eds.), Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture: Enacting Conflict and Resistance, Aesthetically. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers. 69-90. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van & Aroch Fugellie P. (2011), Looking in, from elsewhere. In: Peeren E. & Aydemir M. (Eds.), Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011. Amsterdam: ASCA Press. 199-208. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2011), Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy: Performing Politics. In: Orrells D., Bhambra Gurminder & Roynon T. (Eds.), African Athena: New Agendas. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 326-342. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2010), Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan's Tègònni: an African Antigone. In: Wilmer S. & Zukauskaite A. (Eds.), Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Critisism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 366-378. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2010), Globalisation and Adaptation. ASCA Summit. Non-refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2009), Review of: , Alma Parens Originalis? The Receptions of Classical Literature and Thought in Africa, Europe, the United States and Cuba. Acta Classica, Journal of the Classical Association of South Africa. Acta Classica : 135-138. Boekbespreking
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2008), Liz Lochhead and Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off. In: Cody G. & Sprinchorn E. (Eds.), Columbia Grolier Encyclopedia of Modern Drama 873-874. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van & Hardwick L. (2008), Rewrite this ancient end! Staging transition in post-apartheid South Africa, New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 3 (3): 31-46. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2008), Antigone on the African stage: 'Wherever the call for freedom is heard!'. In: Aydemir M. & Rotas A. (Eds.), Migrant settings Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers. 119-137. Boekdeel
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2008), Tègónni: A Nigerian Antigone. Year of Antigones. Chicago. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van & Smith C. (2007), Antigone as Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan's Tègónni: an African Antigone, Journal of African Literature and Culture 4: A widening Frontier : 59-80. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2007), Greek Tragedy on the African Stage: 'Canonical Counter-Discourse' re-examined. Theatre in Africa/Africa in the Theatre. Stellenbosch, South Africa. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2007), "'Rewrite this ancient end!': The Oresteia in post-TRC South Africa'. International Workshop 'Encuentro: Migratory Politics'. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2007), Of Comparison and Contradiction: Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy. ASCA Mini-Conferences: Ways of Writing: The Object Speaks Back. University of Amsterdam. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2006), Antigone Under Apartheid. Migratory Aesthetics. University of Leeds. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2006), Antigone as Revolutionary Muse: Fémi Òsófisan's Tègónni: an African Antigone. Interrogating Antigone. Trinity College, Dublin. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • Weyenberg A.L.B. van (2003), Graduate journal: Ireland's Carthaginians and Tragic Heroines, Xchanges 2.2 Confrontation, Conflict, and Negotiations of National Space : Online. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift

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