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Research interests

I work as an interdisciplinary cultural studies researcher, and I am in particular interested in the transformation of the public sphere due to digitalisation, globalisation and fictionalization, and in the role literary authors as public intellectuals have in this context.

I consider literature a form of social knowledge, which means that the ideas and experiences described and explored in literary texts can be applied to societal issues and policies. Literature and the performances of authors become extended to other media, in which political and social positions are acted out. 

Currently, I work on two book projects: Experiences of Migration in Literature, and Female Public Intellectuals. 


  • Ba Online Culture: Art in the Public Sphere
  • Ma Online Culture: Art, Media, Society
  • Honors Program European Discourses: Cultural History and Diversity

Current courses

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  • Literature
  • Philosophy Of Culture
  • Representation
  • Europe
  • Globalisation
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Aesthetics

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Research Output

Genoa as Lived and Imagined Social Space in the Work of Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer

Heynders, O., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Dutch Literature. 10, 2, p. 1-16 16 p., 10.2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Talent voor literatuur - Ervaringen van asiel zoeken in fictie

Heynders, O., Sep 2019, Teksten in beweging: Over vertaling, vertalers en literatuur. Nijmegen: Vantilt, p. 57-63 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Vraag en antwoord: asielaanvragen verbeeld in literatuur

Translated title of the contribution: Question and answer: asylum requests imagined in literatureHeynders, O., 2019, Wegen der vrijheid, Liber Amicorum voor Willem Witteveen. Elion-Valter, C., van Klink, B. & Taekema, S. (eds.). Den Haag: Boom, p. 79-89 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Perspectief, verbeelding en pragmatisme: Schrijfsters in het publieke debat

Heynders, O., 2018, Primavera Pers, Leiden. 39 p. (Bert van Selmlezing 27)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

The Everyday Life of a European Man: Knausgård's Literary Project as Social Imagination

Heynders, O., 26 Nov 2018, In : International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity. 6, 1, p. 134-140 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


  • 1 Editorial activity

TvL: Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap (Journal)

O.M. Heynders (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific