2017 WINNER: Aafje de Roest
During the University Day of Utrecht University on 14 April 2018, the Vliegenthart Thesis Award2017 was awarded to Aafje de Roest (24), alumna of the research master Dutch literature. De Roest's thesis, titled 'Buurtvaders: a critical reading of the performance of represent by four Dutch hip-hop artists', struck the jury "because it successfully dares to go off the beaten track." De Roest won an amount of € 2.000, - that is free to spend. From the jury report: "By analyzing texts, interviews and performances by rappers Hef, Broederliefde, Ares and Killer Kamal on how they express the way they view the Netherlands and the rest of the world, Aafje convincingly argues that globalizing hip-hop trends form the US maintain a very local yet credible character when used in a Dutch context.”
Iris Bouman (24), alumna of the research master Musicology, received an honorable mention for her thesis on the relationship between operetta and national-socialist ideology in Berlin between 1934 and 1937. Peter Nieuwenhuizen, alumnus of the part-time master Dutch language and culture, received an honorable mention for his thesis on the distribution dynamics of sixteenth-century anonymous Dutch texts by printers in Antwerp.
Previous winners of the Vliegenthart Thesis Award
2016 Roel van den Broek - Train Shunting and Service Scheduling: an integrated local search approach
2015 Eva Heeger - Controlling your online profile: reality or an illusion? A research into informed consent as a mechanism to regulate commercial profiling
2014 Linda Henricks - What is the role of RasGRP1 and SOS1 in colorectal cancer?
2013 Tabitha van Zinnen - Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer: Blasfemie, parrèsia en de strijd om vrijheid
2012 Max Potters - Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics of the 2D Euler and Shallow Water Models
2011 Koen Docter - Cruel murderers, dangerous fanatics or exotic strangers
2010 Kay Wiebrands - A role of epithelial-mesenchymal transitions in carcinogenic progression
2009 Isis Bûtot - The Literary as Translation: The Linguistic Homelessness of the Language of the Novel
2008 Filip Schuurman - Dynamics of Sharp Meander Bends on an Intertidal Mudflat
2007 Luuk Slooter - Cité Dreams: An Analysis of the French Suburban Riots of 2005
2006 Hinze Hogendoorn - The state of the art in visual object recognition
2005 Frédérique Brinkerink - Canova à Paris, Chinard à Rome