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Maico Mariën
is currently in his second year of the Research Master’s Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Leiden University. His primary interest is the intersection between literature and (philosophical) theory, in particular contemporary theories of materialism.

Claudia Vásquez-Caicedo Rainero
is a recent graduate of the RMA in Comparative Literary Studies programme at Utrecht University. She is now a lecturer of the Literary Studies BA at the same institution. She completed her BA in Hispanic Literature (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru), where she focused on discourse analysis, gender, and postcolonial power structures in Peruvian short stories. Her main interests and projects revolve around cultural memory, decolonial studies, and aesthetics in contemporary narratives, particularly in Latin America.


Editorial Staff

Suzanne Balm
is a first-year student of the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. She completed her BA in Language and Culture Studies, during which she focused on Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies and English Literature. Her interests include activism, sustainability, and bridging the gap between research and society.

Max Casey
is currently a lecturer of the English Language and Culture BA of Utrecht University and recently graduated from the Research MA in Comparative Literary Studies at the same institution. He completed his MA in English at Aberdeen University in 2018, receiving the Duncan McKenzie Prize in English. His current research explores multimedia approaches to the AIDS epidemic, focusing especially on how the disease makes us rethink space and temporality. This approach incorporates queer and affect theory, as well as hauntology.

Amanda Castro Thijssen
is a graduate of the BA in Literary Studies and is doing her third year of the BA English Language and Culture at Utrecht University. Her main interests are cultural memory (especially focused on WWII, the Spanish Civil War and their aftermath), feminist texts and symbolism in literary texts.

Thomas van Gaalen
is currently in his second year of the History Research Master programme at Utrecht University. He previously received a BA in history and an MA in cultural history. His research projects depart from a post-Marxist cultural historical and conceptual historical background and focus on the way socio-political movements re-articulate and rearrange pre-existing historical narratives and ideas in an attempt to counter structural inequality and the effects of capitalism.

Iulia Ivana
completed her BA in English and Portuguese literature and linguistics at the University of Bucharest and is currently pursuing the Literature Today MA at Utrecht University. Her current research explores the political potential of subversive female characters in fiction and the media by examining the role of contemporary postfeminism and neoliberalism in marginalizing such characters.

Kelly van der Meulen
is pursuing the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University, where her research interests include utopianism, game studies, cultural memory and ecocriticism. Previously she obtained the MA Literature Today where she did an internship in publishing and wrote a thesis on contemporary feminist dystopian fiction. Her current research projects include transmedia storytelling and studies of flooding in literature.

Kees Müller
is in his first year of the RMA Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. He holds a BA in Philosophy and English Language and Culture. His previous research has focused on the ontology of power and biopolitics in dystopian fiction, and on the function of concepts such as anthropocentrism, commodity fetishism and species-being in Timothy Morton’s ecophilosophy. His current interests include the intersection between literature and philosophy, critical theory, deconstruction, Object-Oriented Ontology, and different epistemologies concerning the nature of fiction.

Felix Roessler
is a second-year student in the Research MA in Comparative Literature (Utrecht University). He has obtained his BA in Comparative Literature (Innsbruck University) and recently completed a semester abroad at the Centre for Comparative Literature (University of Toronto). He is working on contemporary poetry, translingualism, and new materialisms.

Marit van de Warenburg
is a second-year student of the Research Master Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. She holds a BA in English and German Language and Culture, specifically focusing on intertextuality and education. Her interests include cultural memory studies, feminism and affect theory.

Kaixuan Yao
completed her BA at New York University Shanghai with a capstone thesis on orientalism and sadomasochism of the fin-de-siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to studying for the Research Master of Comparative Literary Studies in Utrecht University. Her current research works towards a comparative study of post-communist/post-socialist/post-Cold War transformations and memories of CEE, China and the US through the lens of urban nostalgia.