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Dr Kristine Johanson (English Language and Culture) has won the Audience Award in this year’s Humanities Education Award for her Master’s course Shakespeare, Sexuality, and Adaptation. Receiving more than a quarter of the nearly 600 audience votes, Johanson’s course, which is part of the Master’s English Literature and Culture, beat five other shortlisted courses. The award ceremony took place on Tuesday, 25 June, in the Compagnietheater.

Kristine Johanson

As she explains in the video in which she presents her course (which you can watch below), Johanson's course revolves around the question of how modern film and new media adaptations of Shakespeare’s work represent early modern sexualities. Students take on an active role in researching and discussing this issue and form a community of critical thinkers in her classroom. The course’s theme fits in with Johanson’s research interests: she enjoys representing and rethinking time in early modernity and in Shakespeare adaptations. She is also an active playwright in Amsterdam.  

The Audience Award is a new addition to the annual Humanities Education Award. The winners of the latter were chosen by the jury – Games by Toni Pape won best Bachelor’s course and Zorgen voor het zelf (Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz) won best Master’s course.

The nominated Bachelor’s courses were:

  • Games (elective Media Studies), Toni Pape
  • Living Information (Media and Information), Mark Deuze
  • Legacies of the Enlightenment (European Studies), Matthijs Lok

The nominated Master’s courses were:

  • Shakespeare, Sexuality, and Adaptation (English Language and Culture), Kristine Johanson
  • Zorgen voor het Zelf (History), Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz
  • Van wie is de stad? Crisis en conflict in moderne Westerse steden (History), Tim Verlaan
dr. K.A. (Kristine) Johanson

Assistant Professor of English Renaissance Literature and Culture

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Onderwijsprijs 2019 Shakespeare, Sexuality, and Adaptation - Kristine Johanson