Nathanja van den Heuvel
Nathanja van den Heuvel’s research interests include feminist philosophy (specifically feminist materialism, feminist epistemology, and feminist political philosophy), aesthetics (specifically affect theory) and philosophies of embodiment and corporeality (specifically materialist approaches to the body and theories of gender, ethnicity and sexuality). In her doctoral research, Nathanja looks into the relevance of feminist critical engagement in sport. She explores the fruitfulness and possibilities of feminist materialist theories and post-humanist research methods for sport and gender research. Through the case study of Dutch women’s football, she explores and makes concrete the socio-material processes of women’s sporting practices and aims to make a case for an expanded notion of the body and embodiment in sport.
Nathanja has teaching and thesis supervision experience on both Ba and Ma level, developed masterclasses gender and media for high schools, and co designed the OZSW PhD course ‘Women Philosophers From Antiquity Until the 21th Century’.
Nathanja van den Heuvel is a PhD candidate at the institute for philosophy. She received her MA Philosophy from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and her MA literary studies from the University of Amsterdam. In September 2013 she started her PhD research project as part of the NWO funded project ‘From Footballer’s Wives to Women’s Football: an Interdisciplinary Research into the Societal Impact of Women’s Football in The Netherlands’. Nathanja is committee member of the Dutch society for women in philosophy (SWIP.NL), initiator of the OZSW (Dutch research school of philosophy) study-group feminist philosophy and has been founding chair the PhD council of Leiden’s institute for philosophy.