'What is past is prologue. Study the past.'
Prof Maas completed a Master's degree in Literary Studies at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, majoring in Dutch and Latin. He was awarded a Ph.D by the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, and has since worked at universities in the Netherlands and South Africa. He worked as a post-doc in Potchefstroom, where he remains an affiliated researcher.
Prof Maas has proudly taught Dutch and Latin at high schools in South Africa and the Netherlands, and remains an IB examiner.
Prof Maas works with texts by Dutchmen who went overseas in the 16th, 17th, or 18th century, and so turns the outward gaze back to Europe. Focal topics include colonial discourse, southern Africa, and theory of knowledge. Literary translations Dutch-Afrikaans can count on his warm attention. He is a scholar with a profound dedication to the nexus of the Low Countries, South Africa, and the Ancient World.
Prof Maas is editor at Armada. Journal of World Literature and at literatuurgeschiedenis.org (17th c.). He is an affiliated researcher at North-West University, South Africa, a member of the Society of Dutch Literature (MNL), and board member at the Focus group Seventeenth Century.
A full resume is available on LinkedIn and ORCID.