Dr R.H. van den Beuken (Ruud)

Assistant professor - Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Assistant professor - Radboud Institute for Culture and History

Dr R.H. van den Beuken (Ruud)
Visiting address

Erasmusplein 1

Postal address

Postbus 9103

Dr Ruud van den Beuken is an Assistant Professor of English Literature (Department of Modern Languages & Cultures). He was awarded the 2015 Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) New Scholars' Prize for his research on postcolonial mythological plays, and in April 2017, he received his PhD (cum laude) for his thesis on cultural memory and national identity formation in Irish drama. He received the 2017 Education Award for Best Junior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and was the Assistant Director of the NWO-funded Gate Theatre Research Network (2018-2021).

In 2018, he held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Moore Institute (National University of Ireland, Galway). His monograph 'Avant-Garde Nationalism at the Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928–1940' was published by Syracuse University Press in 2021. In 2023, he received the RICH Outstanding Research Award.

Research interests:
• Brexit theatre and dramatic engagements with the European project
• The Dublin Gate Theatre and avant-garde Irish drama
• Postcolonial cultural memory
• National identity formation
• Modernist poetry

PhD supervision:
• Dirk Visser, 'Plague Re-enacted: Drama as Cultural Memory of AIDS'

• Programme director, Radboud Honours Academy: Faculty of Arts Programmes
• Coordinator, Intercultural Dynamics RICH research group
• Member of the Programme Committee, BA in English Language & Culture
• Member of the Programme Committee, Radboud Honours Academy: Master's Programmes

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