26 July 2016

Three new professors at the Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities has appointed three new professors. As of 1 August 2016, Bart Besamusca will hold the chair of ‘Medieval Dutch Textual Culture in International Perspective’ and Hugo Quené will hold the chair of ‘Quantitative Methods of Empirical Research in the Humanities’. Both appointments are for a period of 5 years. As of 1 October 2016, Thijs Weststeijn will be appointed as Professor of ‘Art History before 1850’.

Prof. dr. Bart Besamusca
Dr Bart Besamusca

Bart Besamusca: Medieval Dutch Textual Culture in International Perspective

Bart Besamusca is Associate Professor of Medieval Dutch Literature. His research focuses on medieval narrative literature. He led the European research project ‘The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript: Text Collections from a European Perspective’ (2010-2014, funded by HERA). In 2012 he published an online database of stories about King Arthur (www.arthurianfiction.org). In 2017 he will conclude the project ‘The Changing Face of Medieval Dutch Narrative Literature in the Early Period of Print, 1477-c.1540’ (2013-2016, funded by NWO and FWO), which he leads together with Prof. Frank Willaert (University of Antwerp).

Prof. dr. Hugo Quené
Dr Hugo Quené

Hugo Quené: Quantitative Methods of Empirical Research in the Humanities

Hugo Quené is Associate Professor of Phonetics. His research focuses on tempo and rhythm in speech, on the production and perception of spoken words and sentences, and on the methodology of empirical research. He teaches in courses on spoken language, research methodology and data analysis. Since 2014 he is director of undergraduate studies at the Undergraduate School of Languages, Literature and Communication.

Prof. dr. Thijs Weststeijn
Dr Thijs Weststeijn

Thijs Weststeijn: Art History before 1850

Thijs Weststeijn studies Dutch seventeenth-century art in a global context. He leads the research project ‘The Chinese Impact‘ (funded by NWO) about the mutual perceptions of China and the Low Countries. In 2015 he published Art and Antiquity in the Netherlands and Britain: The Vernacular Arcadia of Franciscus Junius (1591-1677), a study of the revival of classical antiquity in the countries around the North Sea. Until his appointment in Utrecht, Weststeijn works as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.