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Dr N. Colin (1966) has been appointed professor of German literary studies and culture of the modern era at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

mw. prof. dr. (Nicole) Colin

Within the field of Germanic studies, Nicole Colin is interested in questions relating to cultural studies and strives for interdisciplinary cooperation with other disciplines in the humanities and sciences such as philosophy, history, sociology, theater studies and media studies. In recent years she has primarily focused on discourses of remembrance in German literature and film, and the theme of cultural transfer. In her study of ‘German theatre in France after 1945’ (2011), Colin analysed the effect of this cultural field in a transnational perspective, the cultural-political context and the artistic identity of the artists. In 2012, she published a monograph on the socio-critical dramatic texts of Gerhart Hauptmann and is currently working on a collection with the theme of productivity discourse and the associated mechanisms of exclusion, as well as a lexicon of German-French cultural exchange. In addition, Colin is concerned with the effects of institutionalised subsidy policies on the work of artists in a comparative perspective.


 Since 2009, Colin has been linked to the German Institute of the UvA. She obtained her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Wuppertal in 1993, where she then worked as a research assistant in the field of aesthetics and cultural transmission. From 2001 to 2006, she worked at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and at the University of Bielefeld from 2006 to 2009. In February 2010, Colin qualified as a teacher from the same university. She will be particularly concerned with revamping the Master’s education and developing a new research profile for the department of German Language and Culture.