Christine Mohrmann Stipend for Carlijn Cober

Date of news: 29 March 2022

On Monday 28 March, ten female PhD candidates from Radboud University will be awarded a Christine Mohrmann Stipend. One of them is Carlijn Cober, PhD candidate on the affective effects of literature at the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH).

The purpose of the grant is to encourage researchers to continue their academic career after completing their PhDs. The grant – 5.000 euros each – gives them an opportunity to e.g. spend time at another university, preferably one abroad. The Executive Board of Radboud University has awarded Christine Mohrmann grants (known as the Frye stipend until 2015) to promising female PhD candidates since 1990.

Carlijn Cober conducts research into literature and emotion based on the French theoretician Roland Barthes (1915-1980). Based within postcritique (a field within literary studies that centers on the social function of literature), she uses Barthes's theory to describe a method for the interpretation of emotions in literary texts. She also analyzes the affective engagement of theoreticians with literature. Her dissertation aims to establish a theoretical and methodological foundation for affective reading experiences, in order to connect academic and lay readers. She will use the stipend to further develop herself in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, New York.

The other winners are: Lena Richter Indra Römgens, Anouk Tosserams, Mariska Schröder, Renske Vroom, Helena Cockx, Maartje Kouwenberg, Sanne Tamboer and Pam ten Broeke.

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