The Matrix

Matrix image

On Monday, 9 October 2017, from 3.30 p.m. till 5.15 p.m., in room HG-13A33, dr. Roel van den Oever will chair a discussion on the various critical theoretical traditions referred to in the film The Matrix (The Wachowskis, 1999). All… Continue Reading

Teaching Award


On Tuesday, 10 January 2017, I received the Faculty Teaching Award 2016-2017 from the Faculty of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, for “most enthusiastic, inspiring, and committed teacher of the year.” Many thanks to all the students who nominated me… Continue Reading

Down the Rabbit-Hole

Alice drawing

We imagine that grappling with challenging theoretical texts and insights is comparable to Alice falling down the rabbit-hole – there is no clear trajectory, no end in sight, yet the experience of falling is not only anxiety-inducing but also strangely… Continue Reading

Judith Butler Conference


From April 5-7, 2017, the interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Humanities CLUE+ at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organises a three-day international conference on resonances of the work of the critical theorist and philosopher Judith Butler. Critical Theory in the Humanities: Resonances… Continue Reading

Reading The Master


For the academic year 2016/2017, book club The Purloined Letter will read the work of Henry James a.k.a. The Master. We will have five meetings, each examining one particular theme or approach regarding James’ literary output. All are welcome, in… Continue Reading