Inauguration of new KNAW members from the Faculty of Arts

Date of news: 18 September 2020

Olivier Hekster and Lotte Jensen, both professors at the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH), have been inaugurated as members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Academy members, leading researchers from across all disciplines, are selected for their scientific and scholarly achievements. The Academy announced the installment of eighteen new members earlier this year. They have now been inaugurated during a ceremony where new members presented themselves and their work.

Lotte Jensen is professor of Dutch literary and cultural history. She has done groundbreaking research into the origins of Dutch identity, and is currently exploring the relationship between national disasters and cultural identity in an international context and has shown that national disasters forge strong ties. Olivier Hekser is Professor of Ancient History. He has pioneered research into the representation of Roman emperors and perceptions of their power in first three centuries of the Modern Era. Hekster’s methods and insights are not only relevant to Classical Antiquity but also to the study of other ancient civilisations and the modern world.

A livestream of the ceremony (in Dutch) which took place on September 14 can be found below. The presentation of new members from the field of Humanities starts at 24:00.

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