Brigitte Adriaensen appointed professor of Spanish Literature and Culture

Date of news: 12 May 2020

Brigitte Adriaensen has been appointed professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at Radboud University’s Faculty of Arts with effect from 1 April 2020.

Professor Adriaensen, who has worked at Radboud University since 2006, teaches and conducts research on contemporary culture and literature in the Spanish-speaking world. One day a week, she is also professor of Literary Studies at the Open University of the Netherlands, a position that she will continue to hold.
Brigitte AdriaensenBrigitte Adriaensen (Leuven 1975) studied Romance Languages from 1994 to 1998 at KU Leuven, specialising in French and Spanish, followed by a doctorate course in Humanidades at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. In 2001 she obtained a Research Master’s in Literary Studies from KU Leuven and in 2005 she was awarded a PhD (summa cum laude) from KU Leuven for her study on the work of the Spanish essayist and novelist Juan Goytisolo.

Postdoctoral research

Adriaensen was appointed assistant professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at Radboud University in 2006, and associate professor in 2011. Among her roles, she was a postdoctoral researcher for the NWO project A Deep Need in Contemporary Fiction on the international reception of Jorge Luis Borges. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Irvine, California and guest lecturer at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico and the Universidad de La Plata in Argentina. In 2018 she was appointed professor of Literary Studies at the Open University.


Since her PhD project, Adriaensen has secured many grants, including an NWO Vidi grant in 2011 for research on the relationship between irony and violence in the contemporary Latin American novel. She co-founded the international research network VYRAL (Violencia y Representación en América Latina), with universities from Chile, Argentina, the USA and Belgium.

Conceptualizations of violence

As a new Radboud University professor, Adriaensen will continue to explore the cultural conceptualizations of violence in the Spanish-speaking world. Her particular focus will be the relationship to humour, migration, climate change and tourism.

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