21 December 2015

Wiljan van den Akker new director of Centre for the Humanities

Prof. dr. Wiljan van den Akker - Foto: Vincent Mentzel

As of 1 September 2016, Prof. Wiljan van den Akker will succeed Prof. Rosi Braidotti as director of the Centre for the Humanities (CfH). Braidotti has been the director for eight years, since she founded the Centre for the Humanities in 2008.

Wiljan van den Akker is Faculty Professor of Modern Poetry, Vice-Rector of Research at Utrecht University and former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. He is a prominent voice in discussions, both within the Netherlands and in an international context, about the impact of the humanities.

Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University. She is a leading scholar in the fields of philosophy and gender studies. Her recent book Conflicting Humanities (edited together with Paul Gilroy) explores the question of how to reinvent the humanities.

The Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University offers a platform for discussions concerning the broader socio-political relevance of the humanities.