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Literary Studies

Combining perspectives from Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam is dedicated to research and teaching on contemporary culture, the arts, and literature at the intersection of politics and philosophy.

Our team members try to make sense of and reflect on works of literature, art, and (popular) culture in close relation to contemporary controversies and developments. Among others, our research topics include globalization, space, borders, and migration; sexuality and gender, queer and trans studies; precarity and the critique of neoliberalism; and urban cultures, street life, and new forms of activism.

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