The Matrix

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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

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

Gay Male Literature

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Three historically-specific definitions of the term “gay male literature” can be given. They are: (1) the portrayal of male-male desire in all of literature; (2) literature relating to the discursive category of homosexuality from 1869 onwards; and (3) literature relating… Continue Reading

West Side Story

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Compared with the study of femininity, academic interest in masculinity is relatively recent. To explain this perhaps-belated arrival of men’s studies in critical discourse, this chapter starts with an overview of the historical circumstances in which the discipline came into… Continue Reading