The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has awarded Academy Professorships to University of Amsterdam (UvA) professors Michiel van der Klis and Joep Leerssen. The professors will each receive the sum of one million euros.
Joep Leerssen (1955), professor of European studies, in particular modern European literature, has made a unique contribution to the research field of European studies. He examines ideas about national identity and pays special attention to literary source material. Leerssen is an inspiring leader, according to the review committee, and plays a central role within a very productive research field. With the publication of his book National Thought in Europe (Amsterdam University Press, 2006), he has established an international reputation.
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Both van der Klis and Leerssen previously received the prestigious Spinoza prize from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): van der Klis in 2004 and Leerssen in 2008.
The UvA has also been well represented in previous selections of academics for Academy Professorships: Prof. Harry Büller, professor of Vascular Medicine (in 2008), Prof. Bob ten Cate, professor of Experimental Preventive Dentistry (in 2007), Prof. Paul Emmelkamp, professor of Clinical Psychology (in 2006), Prof. Maurice Sabelis, professor of Population Biology (in 2006), and Prof. Mieke Bal, professor of Theory of Literature and Women's Studies (in 2005).
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