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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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Celebrity Arts & Humanities
Writer Arts & Humanities
Posture Arts & Humanities
Authenticity Arts & Humanities
Public Intellectuals Arts & Humanities
Authority Arts & Humanities
Democracy Arts & Humanities
Literary Text Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1995 2019

Een plantaardig ademen: Nieuw materialisme in het vroege oeuvre van Hella S. Haasse

Strik, G., 2019, S.l.: [s.n.].

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access

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

Social Media Celebrity: An Investigation into the Latest Metamorphosis of Fame

Hou, M., 2018, S.l.: [s.n.]. 157 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access

The conservative embrace of progressive values: On the intellectual origins of the swing to the right in Dutch politics

Oudenampsen, M., 2018, S.l.: [s.n.]. 321 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access
Culture Wars
Ronald Reagan

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

Activities 1995 1995

  • 1 Editorial activity

TvL: Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap (Journal)

O.M. Heynders (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific