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

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

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

American Studies conference

On Friday, June 10, 2016, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will host the 22nd Amerikanistendag, the annual student conference of the Netherlands American Studies Association. The conference provides a forum for talented bachelor’s, master’s, research master’s, and Ph.D. students as well as… Continue Reading

Angels in America

The academic reception of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (1995) has pointed out that the play addresses a number of traumatic episodes in American history, including racial segregation, the Red and the Lavender Scare,… Continue Reading