Monica Jansen is Assistant Professor in Italian Literature at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication (TLC) - Italian language and culture. Her research interests include modernism and postmodernism studies, and more specifically new forms of cultural engagement. She investigates cultural representations of socially relevant topics such as religion, precarity, youth and migration, from an interdisciplinary, transmedial and transnational perspective.
Key publications: Il dibattito sul postmoderno in Italia: in bilico tra dialettica e ambiguità (2002, Franco Cesati editore); The History of Futurism: The Precursors, Protagonists, and Legacies (2012, Lexington Books, ed. with Geert Buelens & Harald Hendrix); Le culture del precariato (2015, Ombre Corte, ed. with Silvia Contarini & Stefania Ricciardi); Televisionismo (2015, Edizioni Ca' Foscari, ed. with Maria Bonaria Urban); “The Church - The Politics and Aesthetics of ‘Svaticanamento’” (with Luca Somigli), in Sascha Bru, Luca Somigli & Bart Van Den Bossche (eds.), Futurism - A Microhistory (Legenda, 2017, pp. 29-47).
Research projects: NWO internationalisation ‘Precarity and Post-Autonomia: the Global Heritage’ (partner, 2010-2014); Jean Monnet Erasmus + Project 'I work, therefore I am (European)' (partner, september 2016 - maart 2018)
Research groups: Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies; CEMS (Centre for European Modernism Studies); Italian Thought Network; MeMo: Mediating Memories of Fascism, Political Violence, Dictatorship, and War
Organisation international conferences and seminars: lCOJIL (International Conferences on Jewish Italian Literature; founder together with Reinier Speelman, 2006-2011); Religion(s) and Cultural Production(s) of the Italian Diaspora(s); Italian and Spanish Migrants Negotiating Transnational Identities in Argentina (1930-1976)
Editing journals: Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani (Editor-in-Chief 1996-2018); Annali d’Italianistica (Co-Editor-in-Chief); Bollettino '900, Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies (Co-Editor); Il Pietrisco (advisory board)