SCARAB: Studying Cultural infrastructure and Reception Across Borders

The researchers united under the heading SCARAB focus on reception and infrastructure both within specific national cultures as well as across the boundaries of national cultures. Reception and infrastructure are viewed as ‘bearers’ of literary culture in particular, and as ‘instruments’ in the production, dissemination and consumption of (literary) culture over the centuries. As such, the SCARAB research group builds on an established research tradition at the Faculty of Arts in Nijmegen. Research focuses on the theory and practice of reviewing, the (inter)national reception of both individual writers and artists as well as cultural movements, and on break points in reception in general. Both contemporary and historical developments in cultural infrastructure are studied, with a focus on processes of (international) cultural transmission and on the role played by various institutions in the cultural field.

Research projects

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What starting writers do and why

This project researches what starting literary makers do, and why. It works towards improving connections and dismantling barriers, aiming at a more versatile, resilient and inclusive Dutch-Flemish literary sector.

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Young Adult Literature: accepted and mature?

The term Young Adult literature is gaining ground in the Netherlands. This research project aims to determine the position that Young Adult literature takes within the Dutch literary polysystem.


Maaike Koffeman

Maaike Koffeman appointed Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes académiques

Koffeman, universitair docent Franse literatuur en cultuur, ontvangt de prestigieuze Franse onderscheiding vanwege haar inspanningen voor het behoud van de Franse taal in Nederland.

Article on Distant Reading Community Discourses of Emotion in Fanfiction Comments by Julia Neugarten

Julia Neugarten wrote a study on the discourse surrounding emotions in Harry Potter fanfiction comments, utilising distant reading techniques.

Special issue on Nineteenth-Century Interstitial Spaces by Frederik Van Dam and Chris Louttit

A special issue of the European Journal of English Studies was published on 21 February regarding Nineteenth-Century Interstitial Spaces. Dr Frederik Van Dam and Dr Chris Louttit edited the issue alongside co-editor Joanna Hofer-Robinson.

Contact information


Erasmus building

Erasmusplein 1
6525HT Nijmegen