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Dr. S. (Stephan) Besser

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Letterkunde
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 4.32
Postal address
  • Postbus 1637
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profiel

     

    I am an assistant professor of Modern Dutch Literature and Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I am a series editor of Experimental Practices: Encounters across Arts, Sciences and Humanities and coordinator of the research group Neuroaesthetics and Neurocultures  at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). I served as managing director of the The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL) and was a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in 2020-21.

    My current research project "Patterns: Exploring a 21st Century Figure of Knowledge" focuses on the fascination with patterns in present-day human and social sciences (such as cognitive science). The project explores the emergence of 'pattern' as a figure of knowledge and its conceptual, discursive and aesthetic implications in the work of writers such as Tom McCarthy and Octavia Butler, researchers and critics such as Caroline Levine, Andy Clark and Luciana Parisi and artists such as Ryoji Ikeda and Yukultji Napangati.

    The monograph Pathographie der Tropen: Literatur, Medizin und Kolonialismus um 1900 explores the representation of the tropics as a space of disease and madness in German colonial culture (tropical medicine, literature and politics).   

    My research interests include:

    I welcome PhD proposals in these fields. 

     

  • Publications

    2022

    2021

    2019

    • Besser, S. (2019). Bonding with Oliver Sacks: A Posture Perspective on De vergeting (2013) by Daan Heerma van Voss. In A-F. van der Meer, W. Schrover, N. Moser, & M. Onrust (Eds.), Naar het onbekende: Perspectieven op literatuur, cultuur en kennis (pp. 51-64, 256). Hilversum: Literatoren. [details]

    2017

    2016

    • Besser, S. (2016). Calling Gaia: World Brains and Global Memory. In S. Groes (Ed.), Memory in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities and Sciences (pp. 70-75). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137520586_9 [details]

    2015

    • Besser, S. (2015). Mixing Repertoires: Cerebral Subjects in Contemporary Dutch Neurological Fiction. In J. Grave, R. Honings, & B. Noak (Eds.), Illness and Literature in the Low Countries: From the Middle Ages until the 21st Century (pp. 253-272). Göttingen: V&R unipress. https://doi.org/10.14220/9783737005203.253 [details]

    2013

    • Besser, S. (2013). Pathographien der Tropen. Literatur, Medizin und Kolonialismus um 1900. (Studien zur Kulturpoetik; No. 14). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. [details]
    • Besser, S. (2013). From the Neuron to the World and Back: The Poetics of the Neuromolecular Gaze in Bart Koubaa's Het gebied van Nevski and James Cameron's 'Avatar'. Journal of Dutch Literature, 4(2). [details]
    • Besser, S., & Vaessens, T. (2013). Digital Humanities: the Next Big Thing? Enkele notities bij een ontluikend debat. Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde, 129(4), 191-204. [details]

    2006

    • Besser, S., Baronian, M. A., & Jansen, Y. (2006). Introduction: Diaspora and Memory. Figures of Displacment in Contemporary Literature, Arts and Politics. Thamyris / Intersecting, 13, 9-16.

    2002

    • Besser, S. (2002). Germanin. Pharmazeutische Signaturen des deutschen (Post) Kolonialismus. In A. Honold, & O. Simons (Eds.), Kolonialismus als Kultur. Literatur, Medien, Wissenschaft in der deutschen Gründerzeit des Fremden (pp. 167-195). Tübingen/Basel: Francke. [details]

    2013

    • Besser, S. (2013). Benaderingen. In J. Rock, G. Franssen, & F. Essink (Eds.), Literatuur in de wereld: handboek moderne letterkunde (pp. 97-163). Nijmegen: Vantilt. [details]
    • Franssen, G., & Besser, S. (2013). Macht. In J. Rock, G. Franssen, & F. Essink (Eds.), Literatuur in de wereld: handboek moderne letterkunde (pp. 166-194, 250). Vantilt. [details]

    2004

    • Besser, S. (2004). Die Organisation des kolonialen Wissens - 10 Okt. 1902: In Berlin tagt der erste Deutsche Kolonialkongress. In K. R. Scherpe, & A. Honold (Eds.), Mit Deutschland um die Welt. Eine Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des Fremden in der Kolonialzeit (pp. 300-309). Stuttgart: Metzler.
    • Besser, S. (2004). Die hygienische Eroberung Afrikas - 9. Juni 1898: Robert Koch hält seine Vortrag 'Ärztliche Beobachtungen in den Tropen'. In K. R. Scherpe, & A. Honold (Eds.), Mit Deutschland um die Welt. Eine Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des Fremden in der Kolonialzeit (pp. 217-225). Stuttgart: Metzler.
    • Besser, S. (2004). Schauspiele der Scham - Juli 1896: Peter Altenberg gesellt sich im Wiener Tiergarten zu den Aschanti. In K. R. Scherpe, & A. Honold (Eds.), Mit Deutschland um die Welt. Eine Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des Fremden in der Kolonialzeit (pp. 200-208). Stuttgart: Metzler.
    • Besser, S. (2004). Tropenkoller - März 1904: Freispruch für Prinz Prosper von Arenberg. In K. R. Scherpe, & A. Honold (Eds.), Mit Deutschland um die Welt. Eine Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des Fremden in der Kolonialzeit (pp. 300-309)
    • Besser, S. (2004). Zwischen Land und Meer - August 1901: Die Woermann-Linie fährt in 30 Tagen nach Swakopmund. In K. R. Scherpe, & A. Honold (Eds.), Mit Deutschland um die Welt. Eine Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des Fremden in der Kolonialzeit (pp. 264-270). Stuttgart: Metzler.

    2003

    • Besser, S. (2003). Mynheer Peeperkorn's Fever. Arcadia, 2, 257-264. [details]
    • Besser, S. (2003). Tropenkoller. The Interdiscursive Poetics of a German Colonial Syndrome. In G. Rousseau, & M. Gill (Eds.), Framing and Imagining Disease in Cultural History (pp. 303-320). Londen: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]

    2021

    • Besser, S. (2021). Een groot verhaal voor ons tijdperk: Rens Bods "Een wereld vol patronen: de geschiedenis van kennis". De Nederlandse Boekengids, 6(2), 2.
    • Besser, S. (2021). Kennis in beweging: een nieuw perspectief op Rumphius’ natuuronderzoek: [Review of: M.-T. Leuker, E.H. Arens, C. Kießling (2020) Rumphius’ Naturkunde: Zirkulation in kolonialen Wissensräumen]. Internationale Neerlandistiek, 59(2), 143-147. https://doi.org/10.5117/IN2021.2.004.BESS [details]

    2017

    • Besser, S. (2017). Gewaar van het lichaam, gewaar van de wereld. Vooys, 1/2, 97-100.

    2016

    2014

    • Besser, S. (2014). Turns en verstrengelingen: gedachten over de toekomst van de interdisciplinaire literatuurwetenschap aan de hand van William Gibsons 'Pattern Recognition'. Vooys, 32(3), 6-14. [details]
    • Besser, S. (2014). [Bespreking van: L. Bernaerts (2011) De retoriek van waanzin: taalhandelingen, onbetrouwbaarheid, delirium en de waanzinnige ik-verteller]. Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde, 130(1), VI-VIII. [details]

    2013

    • Besser, S. (2013). [Bespreking van: F. Mildenberger (2012) Medizinische Belehrung für das Bürgertum: Medikale Kulturen in der Zeitschrift 'Die Gartenlaube' (1853-1944)]. TS : Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies, 34, 175-177. [details]

    2012

    • Besser, S. (2012). Neurocultuur: een kleine verkenning. Parmentier, 21(1), 21-30. [details]

    2010

    • Besser, S. (2010). [Review of: V.M. Langbehn (2010) German colonialism, visual culture, and modern memory]. German Studies in India, NF, 2, 197-200. [details]

    Others

    • Besser, S. (organiser) & Kiverstein, J. D. (organiser) (28-2-2019). Brain-Culture Interfaces, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Besser, S. (organiser) & Caracciolo, M. (organiser) (6-12-2017). Animal Minds between Narrative and Cognition (SMART CS conference workshop), Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Besser, S. (organiser), Keestra, M. (organiser), Lysen, F. C. (organiser), Kiverstein, J. D. (organiser), Pisters, P. P. R. W. (organiser) & Kuipers, H. H. (organiser) (2-11-2017 - 4-11-2017). Worlding the Brain 2, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Besser, S. (organiser), Keestra, M. (organiser), Pisters, P. P. R. W. (organiser) & Kiverstein, J. D. (organiser) (16-11-2016). Predictive Processing as an Interdisciplinary Concept, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Besser, S. (organiser), Keestra, M. (organiser), Kiverstein, J. D. (organiser), Lysen, F. C. (organiser) & Pisters, P. P. R. W. (organiser) (17-3-2016 - 19-3-2016). Worlding the Brain: Patterns and Rhythms in Neuroscience and the Humanities, Amsterdam. These upcoming three days, numerous artists and scholars from diversebackgrounds will address the ubiquity of the human brain in contemporary (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...). https://worldingthebrain2016.com/
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