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Liesbeth Minnaard

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. E. Minnaard
Telephone
+31 71 527 2358
E-mail
e.minnaard@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Liesbeth Minnaard is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Research

Since September 2007 I have been working as an assistant professor (UD) at the Film and Literary Studies department of Leiden University. Aside teaching a broad variety of “general” courses in the field of comparative literature and literary theory, I am particularly committed to the Interculturality track within the Literary Studies curriculum.

My main fields of expertise are interculturality in literature, postcolonial theory, and issues of gender and sexuality. My research particularly focuses on cultural effects of migration and globalisation, exoticism in literature, representations of “the national”, and intersectionality.

Education

In 1998 I obtained a MA degree in cultural studies (specialisations Modern Western Literature and Gender Studies) from Utrecht University. Between 1998 and 2002 I worked for several NGO’s (Project Aisa, TransAct, Vrouwenalliantie) that were engaged in drawing the attention to intersections of gender and ethnicity in the socio-political field. From 2000 to 2002 I carried out the project “Kleur in het curriculum” for the Centre of Expertise GEM (Gender, Ethnicity, Multiculturality) at Utrecht University.

In 2002 I received two research grants from the DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) and the Catharine van Tussenbroek Fund that enabled me to start my PhD research on imaginations of national identity in German and Dutch literature of migration in Berlin and at the Viadrina University in Frankfurt/Oder. From 2003 to 2006 I received a DFG-scholarship for participation in the interdisciplinary, DFG-funded graduate school “Identity and Difference. Gender and Interculturality from the 18th to the 21st century” at Trier University. From 2003 to 2006 I participated in Mieke Bal’s “Theory Seminar” at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis. In 2006 I received a grant to participate in the Spring Term Graduate Programme of Cornell University (upon invitation by Leslie A. Adelson). In 2007 I obtained my PhD degree in from Trier University. My dissertation was published with Amsterdam University Press in 2008.

Key publications

I have published widely on Dutch and German literature of migration, as well as on exoticism in literature. I am the author of the monograph New Germans, New Dutch. Literary Interventions (Amsterdam University Press, 2008) and co-editor of the volumes Ethnizität und Geschlecht. (Post-)Koloniale Verhandlungen in Geschichte, Kunst und Medien (Böhlau, 2005), Literature, Language and Multiculturality in Scandinavia and the Low Countries (with Wolfgang Behschnitt and Sarah De Mul, Rodopi 2013), Beyond the Myth of Monolingualism and Nach der einen Sprache: literarische Mehrsprachigkeit? (both with Till Dembeck, KultuRRevolution, 2013 and Rodopi 2014). Most recently I published De lichtheid van literatuur. Engagement in de multiculturele samenleving, together with Maria Boletsi, Sarah De Mul, and Isabel Hoving (Acco, 2015).

International activities

- Partner in the CORE-project ‘The Construction of Identity in Multilingual Literature: A Comparison of Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands’ funded by the FNR Luxembourg. Other partners are Luxembourg University (project leader, Prof. Dr. Georg Mein and Dr. Till Dembeck), Leuven University (Dr. Anke Gilleir) and University Duisburg-Essen (Prof. Dr. Rolf Parr and Dr. Thomas Ernst).
- Co-organizer of the bi-annual Flemish-Dutch Platform for Postcolonial Readings (Leiden University /Antwerp University): http://hum.leiden.edu/lucas/pocoplatform.
- Member in the German Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies (Trier University)
- Member of the transnational network (Post-) Colonialism Across Europe (chair: Prof. Dr. Dirk Göttsche, Nottingham University).

Teaching activities

Over the last years I have been teaching a broad variety of courses on all levels, ranging from
- BA1 courses like Representatie: Cultuur en Betekenis and Inleiding Comparative Studies,
- BA2 courses like Inleiding Interculturele Literatuurbenaderingen and Symbolisme, Historische Avant-garde en Modernisme,
- BA3 courses like Globalisering en postkoloniale literatuurtheorie and Postmodernisme,
- Minor courses Gender en Seksualiteit
- MA courses like Marvellous Worlds: The Literary Fantastic and Literary Theory: Barthes, Bakhtin, Foucault to
- ResMA courses like Approaches to Literature and Interculturality: The Key Concepts.

At the German Department of Trier University I taught courses on
- literature of migration ( “Ausländer
– Türken – Kanaken?” Kulturelle Identität in der Literatur von Deutschen türkischer Herkunft
, WS 04/05),
- the imagination of Berlin in 20th century German literature ( Berlinin der Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts, SoSe 06), and
- non-canonical German literature ( Literatur vom Rande der Gesellschaft (nach 1945), WS 06/07).

Curriculum Vitae

2007 – present
Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at Leiden University

2004 – 2007
Occasional Lecturer at the German Department of Trier University.

2003 – 2007
PhD project within the DFG-funded Graduate School “Identity and Difference. Gender Constructions and Interculturality (18th – 21st century)” at Trier University. Supervision: Prof. Dr. Herbert Uerlings and Prof. Dr. Ernst van Alphen Scholarships from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Trier University Research Council

2006
Research and participation in the Graduate Programme of the German Studies Department of Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA. Supervision: Prof. Dr. Leslie Adelson Grant (tuition fee): Cornell University

2003 – 2006
Participation as affiliated PhD-student in the “Theory Seminar” at ASCA, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam. Supervision: Prof. Dr. Mieke Bal

2002/2003
Preparatory research for PhD-project in Berlin. Participation as affiliated PhD-student in the DFG Graduate School “Rhetorik – Repräsentation – Wissen” at the Heinrich-von-Kleist-Institut für Literatur und Politik at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder. Scholarships from the Doctor Catharine van Tussenbroek Fund and the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD)

2000 – 2002
Project manager ‘Colour in the Curriculum’ at the Centre of Expertise GEM (Gender, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism), Utrecht University. Supervision: Prof. Dr. Gloria Wekker

2001
NOISE European Summer School in Women’s Studies from Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives at Complutense University Madrid. Theme: ‘Diasporic Identities and Medi@ted Cultures: Gender, Power, Representations’

1992 – 1998 (leave 1997)
M.A. in “Algemene Letteren” (Culture studies) at Utrecht University. Specializations: Gender Studies and Modern Western Literature. Supervision: Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Buikema and Dr. Aleid Fokkema

1995/1996 Erasmus International Exchange: Participation in the M.A. Programme Women’s Studies at WERRC (Women’s Education, Resource and Research Centre), University College Dublin, Ireland

1986 – 1992 Secondary School, Pre-University, Goes

University Lecturer

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

Work address

van Wijkplaats
Van Wijkplaats 2
2311 BX Leiden
Room number 1.03a

Contact

  • Wienand K. & Minnaard E. (2019), Einleitung: Positionierungen. Kritische Antworten auf die „Flüchtlingskrise“ in Kunst und Literatur, FKW: Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur 66(September): 5-16.article in journal
  • Minnaard E. & Wienand K. (2019), FKW: Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur Member of editorial staff September(66).editorship of journal
  • Wienand K. & Minnaard E. (2019), Introduction: Taking Positions on the “Refugee Crisis”: Critical Responses in Art and Literature, FKW: Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur 66(September): 17-26.article in journal
  • Minnaard E. (2019), “Leve de vrouw in al haar vrijheid. Rochelen is onfatsoenlijk.” Over moslims, mannelijkheid en ironie in het werk van Hafid Bouazza, Nederlandse letterkunde 24(2): 253-270.article in journal
  • Kessel L. van, Minnaard E. & Steinbock E.A. (2018), Dossier: Trans* Policy and Legislation in Western Europe Member of editorial staff Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 21(4).editorship of journal
  • Minnaard E. (2018), Oscillating between Margin and Centre: Dutch Literature of Migration. In: Sievers W., Vlasta S. (Eds.) Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Writers since 1945. Fourteen National Contexts in Europe and Beyond. Leiden; Boston: Brill Rodopi. 355-387.book chapter
  • Steinbock E.A., Minnaard E. & Kessel L. Van (2018), Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies special issue Trans* Approaches, Methods, Concepts Member of editorial staff Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 4(20).editorship of journal
  • Kessel L. van, Minnaard E. & Steinbock E.A. (2017), Trans*: Approaches, Methods, and Concepts Member of editorial staff Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 20(4).editorship of journal
  • Minnaard E. (2017), Testimonies of Life in Limbo: Asylum Seeking Narratives [Art & Activism: Resilience Techniques in Times of Crisis, Leiden University, 14 December 2017].conference paper
  • Minnaard E. (2017), Hafid Bouazza’s Crusade Against Islam in the Netherlands. Between Public Provocations and Literary Irony [Migration and Religion in European Literature, Brussels University (VUB/ULB), 16 November 2017].conference paper
  • Minnaard E. (2017), Lampedusa in Europe; or Touching Tales of Vulnerability [Europe in Crisis?-panel at the ACLA conference, Utrecht University, 7 July 2017].conference paper
  • Minnaard E. (9 March 2017), 'Migrant writers' against Hybridity – the Dutch Case [WOLEC, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 9 March 2017] (Lecture).other
  • Minnaard E. (2017), Niederlande. In: Göttsche D., Dunker A., Dürbeck G. (Eds.) Handbuch Postkolonialismus und Literatur. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler. 414-417 [entry in reference work].other
  • Minnaard E. (2017), Niederländische und flämische Literatur. In: Göttsche D., Dunker A., Dürbeck G. (Eds.) Handbuch Postkolonialismus und Literatur. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler. 368-374 [entry in reference work].other
  • Minnaard L. & Houwen J. (2017), Postcolonialism. In: 50 Terms in Contemporary Cultural Theory.: Pelckmans Pro. 241-246 [entry in reference work].other
  • Kessel L. van, Minnaard L. & Steinbock E. (2017), Trans*: Approaches, Methods and Concepts Member of editorial staff Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 4(20).editorship of journal
  • Minnaard E. (2016), ‘Facing the Facts in Contemporary Dutch Literature. Representations of Refugees between Innumerability and Singularity,’ international workshop Refugees in Europe: A Long History of Representation, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 12-13 May 2016.conference paper
  • Minnaard E. (2016), Migratieliteratuur als genre. Op zoek naar parallellen tussen Brits en Oostenrijks proza Review of: Sandra Vlasta (2015) Contemporary Migration Literature in German and English. A Comparative Study, Vooys: tijdschrift voor letteren 34(1/2): 139-142.book review
  • Minnaard E. (2016), The Shaking Palsy in the Low Countries: Representations of Parkinson’s disease in Dutch and Flemish prose. In: Grave J., Honings R., Noak B. (Eds.) Illness and Literature in the Low Countries. From the Middle Ages until the Twentieth Century. Göttingen: V&R Unipress. 231-252.book chapter
  • Boletsi M., Mul S. de, Hoving I. & Minnaard E. (2015), De lichtheid van literatuur. Engagement in de multiculturele samenleving. Leuven, Den Haag: Acco.book
  • Minnaard E. (2015), ‘Diversifying the Margins. The Intricate Intersection between Postcolonial and Migration Literature in Dutch Letters,’ Interpreting Communities, University of London, 29-30 October 2015.conference paper
  • Minnaard E. (2015), ‘Representative Poetry? Some Reflections on Ramsey Nasr’s Performances as Antwerp City Poet and Dutch Poet Laureate,’ Research Group “Beyond horizons in Cultural Transfer Studies,” Groningen University, 16 April 2015. (Lecture).other
  • Minnaard E. (2015), Wij, zij, jullie... Over de grenzen van gastvrijheid in Elvis Peeters’ roman De ontelbaren. In: Boletsi M., Mul S. de, Hoving I., Minnaard E. (Eds.) De lichtheid van literatuur. Engagement in de multiculturele samenleving. Leuven: Acco. 51-72.book chapter
  • Minnaard E. (2014), Between “Dutch Tolerance” and “Moroccan Normality.” Benali’s Bruiloft aan zee as Challenge to an all too “Happy Multiculturality”. In: Essed P., Hoving I. (Eds.) Dutch Racism. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 239-253.book chapter
  • Minnaard L. (2014), Between “Dutch Tolerance” and “Moroccan Normality.” Benali’s Bruiloft aan zee as Challenge to an all too “Happy Multiculturality”.. In: Essed Ph., Hoving I. (Eds.) Dutch Racism. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 239-253.book chapter
  • Minnaard E. & Dembeck T. (Eds.) (2014), Challenging the Myth of Monolingualism Thamyris: mythmaking from past to present no. 28. Leiden: Brill.editorship of book
  • Minnaard L. (2014), ‘European Postcolonialisms: Temporalities and Theories,’ workshop at NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences), Wassenaar, 15-17 October 2014. [other]other
  • Minnaard E. (2014), ‘Every Carpet a Flying Vehicle? Multiculturality in the Dutch Literary Field,’ European Postcolonialisms: Temporalities and Theories, NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences), Wassenaar, 15-17 October 2014.conference paper
  • Minnaard L. (2014), ‘Hybriditeit in de Nederlandse literatuurkritiek: van ‘een verschrikkelijk vonnis van veroordeeling’ tot de migrant als dansende tussenfiguur’ Review of: Leune C. (2013) Grenzen des Hybriden, Spiegel der Letteren 56(4): 568-570.book review
  • Minnaard L. (2014), Illegitimate Love, or The Troubles of Interculturality. In: Lu J., Van Alphen E. (Eds.) Literature, Aesthetics and History. Beijing: China Social Science Press.book chapter
  • Minnaard E. (2014), Review of: Meyer C. Kosmopolitische ›Germanophonie‹. Postnationale Perspektiven in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur, Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik : 177-180.book review
  • Minnaard E. (2014), Of a Chinese Merchant and a Chinese Monster. Functions of Exoticism in Dutch Fin-de-Siècle Literature’. In: Göttsche D., Dunker A. (Eds.) (Post)colonialism across Europe. Transcultural History and National Memory. Bielefeld: Aisthesis. 209-230.book chapter
  • Behschnitt W., De Mul S. & Minnaard L. (2013), Conclusion: A Comparative View. In: Behschnitt W., De Mul S., Minnaard L. (Eds.) Literature, Language and Multiculturalism in Scandinavia and the Low Countries. no. 71 Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi. 317-338.book chapter
  • Minnaard L. (2013), Every Carpet a Flying Vehicle? Multiculturality in the Dutch Literary Field. In: Behschnitt W., De Mul S., Minnaard L. (Eds.) Literature, Language and Multiculturalism in Scandinavia and the Low Countries. no. 71 Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi. 97-122.book chapter
  • Minnaard L., Behschnitt W. & De Mul S. (Eds.) (2013), Literature, Language and Multiculturalism in Scandinavia and the Low Countries no. 71. Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi.editorship of book
  • Minnaard L., Dembeck T. & Parr R. (2013), Member of editorial staff KultuRRevolution Nach der einen Sprache: literarische Mehrsprachigkeit(65).editorship of journal
  • Minnaard L. (2013), “Pas op, ze komen...” De uitvergroting van een publiek doemscenario in Elvis Peeters’ roman De ontelbaren, Nederlandse letterkunde (1): 60-77.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2013), ‘Ramsey Nasr: A “Representative” Dutch Poet?!’ ALCS Dutch Student Days 2013, University of Nottingham, 7-8 March 2013. (Lecture).other
  • Minnaard L. (2013), ‘The Loss of Community in Elvis Peeters’ Novel De ontelbaren [The Innumerable],’ Community Research Cluster Workshop A Body of Individuals?, Sheffield University, 20 February 2013. (Lecture).other
  • Minnaard L. (2013), The Postcolonial Flaneur. Ramsey Nasr’s 'Antwerpse stadsgedichten', Dutch Crossing 37(1): 79-92.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2013), ‘Transnational Contact-Narratives. The Postcolonial Netherlands from a Turkish-German View-Point,’ Research Seminar Germanic Studies, Sheffield University, 13 March 2013 (Lecture).other
  • Minnaard L. (2013), Versuch über das Repräsentieren. Ramsey Nasr als Stadtschreiber von Antwerpen und niederländischer “dichter des vaderlands”, KultuRRevolution 65(November): 28-35.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2012), ‘About Being Representative. Ramsey Nasr’s “Antwerpse stadsgedichten”,’ international symposium Challenging the Myth of Monolingualism, Leiden University, 23-24 mei 2012.conference paper
  • Minnaard L. (2012), A Ghostly Presence: Colonial Memory in Contemporary Dutch Literature, Journal of Dutch Literature 3(1): 88-94.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2012), ‘A Novel of Multicultural Downfall. Or Pushing the Rhetoric of Threat in the Debate on Migration To Its Limits,’ international conference Barbarism Revisited, Leiden University, 29 May-1 June 2012.conference paper
  • Minnaard L. (2012), Een verlangen om opnieuw te beginnen Review of: Lamrabet R (2011) De man die niet begraven wilde worden, Ágora : Estudos Clássicos em Debate 55: 153-154.book review
  • Minnaard L. (2012), ‘Functions of Exoticism. The Figure of the Chinese in Dutch Fin-de-Siècle Literature,’ international conference (Post-) Colonialism Across Europe: Transcultural History and National Memory, Bremen University, 13-15 September 2012.conference paper
  • Minnaard L. (2012), ‘Oscillating between Margin and Centre. Dutch Literature of Migration,’ international workshop Migration and Literature: theories, approaches and readings, Vienna University, 26-28 September 2012.conference paper
  • Minnaard L. (2012), ‘The Postcolonial Flaneur. Ramsey Nasr’s Antwerpse stadsgedichten,’ international ALCS Conference Low Countries, Big Cities, Sheffield University, 3-5 April 2012.conference paper
  • Minnaard L. (2012), Transnational Contact-Narratives: Dutch Postcoloniality from a Turkish-German Viewpoint. In: The Postcolonial Low Countries. Literature, Colonialism and Multiculturalism. Lanham: Lexington Books. 123-139.book chapter
  • Minnaard L. (2011), Allochtonen in beeld. Twee bijdragen aan een andere beeldvorming Review of: Ridder K de|Voorst R van (2010|2010) De witte media. Of waarom 'allochtonen' altijd slecht nieuws zijn|Jullie zijn anders als ons. Jong en allochtoon in Nederland, Ágora : Estudos Clássicos em Debate 54: 176-177.book review
  • Minnaard L. (2011), Between Exoticism and Silence. A Comparison of First Generation Migrant Writing in Germany and the Netherlands, Arcadia: Internationale Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft 46(1): 199-208.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2010), Moving Moroccan Memories: Hafid Bouazza’s Critical Re-Vision of Abdullah’s Feet. In: Gebauer M, Schwarz Lausten P (Eds.) Migration and Literature in Contemporary Europe. Munich: Martin Meidenbauer Verlag. 349-361.book chapter
  • Minnaard L. (2010), The Spectacle of an Intercultural Love Affair. Exoticism in Van Deyssel's Blank en geel, Journal of Dutch Literature 1(1): 74-91.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2009), Bouazza's Principe van Paradoxaliteit, Spiegel der Letteren 51(2): 285-287.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2009), Literarische Interventionen. Nationale Identität in der niederländischen und deutschen Migrationsliteratur. In: Mitterbauer H., Scherke K., Millner A. (Eds.) Moderne. Kulturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch. Migration. Innsbruck: Studienverlag. 92-103.book chapter
  • Minnaard L. (2009), Miscommunicatie na migratie. Het literaire werk van Abdelkader Benali verkent de kloof tussen de generaties, Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen 58(November): 286-291.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Minnaard L. (2008), New Germans, New Dutch. Literary Interventions. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.book
  • Minnaard L. (20 February 2007), New Germans. New Dutch: Imaginations of German and Dutch National Identity in Literature of Turkish and Moroccan Migration (PhD thesis, ., Trier University). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Alphen E.J. van, Uerlings H.PhD thesis
  • Minnaard L. (2006), De succesvolle wisselwerking tussen parodie en performance. Voorstellingen van Moreaanse mannelijkheid in Hafid Bouazza’s Paravion, Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (3): 49-62.article in journal
  • Minnaard L. (2006), Mein Istanbul, mein Berlin. Emine Sevgi Özdamar's literary re-negotiations of Turkish-German division. In: Göckede R., Karentzos A. (Eds.) Der Orient, die Fremde. Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst und Literatur. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. 83-100.book chapter
  • Identität und Differenz Graduiertenkolleg & Minnaard L. (2005), Ethnizität und Differenz. (Post-)Koloniale Verhandlungen in Geschichte, Kunst und Medien. Cologne: Böhlau.book
  • Minnaard L. (2005), Hafid Bouazzas fliegender Teppich. Die Imagination eines niederländischen Arkadiens. In: Graduiertenkolleg "Identität und Differenz" (Ed.) Ethnizität und Geschlecht. (Post-)Koloniale Verhandlungen in Geschichte, Kunst und Medien. Cologne: Böhlau. 263-280.book chapter
  • Minnaard L. (2004), Playing Kanak Identity: Feridun Zaimoglu's rebellious Performances. In: Arlt H. (Ed.) Das Verbindende der Kulturen. TRANS Studien zur Veränderung der Welt. Vienna: INST.book chapter
  • Minnaard L. (2002), Free Mobility and the Promise of one European Labour Market Review of: Zulauf M. Migrant Women Professionals in the European Union, European Journal of Women's Studies : 490-492.book review

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