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Janna Houwen

University Lecturer

Dr. J.J.M. Houwen
+31 71 527 2195

Janna Houwen is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • Intermediality and Medium Specificity
  • (New) Media Theory
  • Video Art
  • Contemporary Cinema
  • Cultural Theory
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Political Film, Third Cinema
  • Refugee Studies
  • Television Series
  • Game Studies

Teaching and Research

Since September 2013 I have been working as an assistant professor (UD) at the Film and Literary Studies Department in Leiden.  My teaching covers a wide range of topics in the overlapping fields of comparative literature, film studies, adaptation studies and art history. I am committed to both the Intercultural and the Intermediality track within the Film and Literary Studies curriculum. I for instance teach courses on political and intercultural cinema ( Third Cinema and Beyond)), on intermedial relations between cinema and literature ( Literatuur en Film), and on the word-image conundrum ( Paragone). 

My main fields of expertise are (new) media theory, film and video, cultural theory and comparative literature. My research particularly focuses on the intermedial relations between lens-based media, as well as relations between media, spectators, and society at large. In my research on the relation between film and video, I argue that the meanings and effects of moving images in contemporary society van be grasped more fully when combinations of film and video elements within moving image objects are taken into account.  The starting point of my investigation into intermedial interactions between film and video is the concept of medium specificity, which I incorporate in my research in a non-essentialist manner.  

Curriculum Vitae

2013-today: Assistant Professor Film and Literary Studies, Art & Media Studies 
2007-2013: PhD Research Project, Leiden University 
2002-2007: BA/MA Literary Studies, Leiden University 
2000-2005: BA Fine Art, Royal Academy of Fine Art, The Hague

University Lecturer

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

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A1.46



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