Suzanne Adema is post-doctoral research-fellow at VU University Amsterdam. She investigates the presentation and structure of Latin narrative texts taking a combined discourse-linguistic and narratological approach. In earlier research, she focused on the use of tenses in Vergil’s Aeneid and Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita. Her current research concerns speech and thought representation in Latin war narrative (Caesar, Sallust, Tacitus, Livy, Vergil) and is part of the NWO-funded program Ancient War Narrative: A combined discourse-linguistic and narratological approach, a cooperation of the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam.
Murat Aydemir is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Images of Bliss (Minnesota UP, 2007) and the (co)editor of Migratory Settings: Transnational Perspectives on Place (Rodopi 2008) and Indiscretions: At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory (2011).
Mathieu de Bakker is university lecturer in ancient Greek at the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches courses in Greek language, literature, linguistics and epigraphy. He has published on Herodotus, Thucydides, and the Greek orators and is co-editor (together with Emily Baragwanath) of the volume Myth, Truth and Narrative in Herodotus (OUP 2012).
Elton Barker is Reader in Classical Studies at The Open University and has published widely on ancient Greek epic, historiography and tragedy (including his 2009 OUP book Entering the Agon). He currently has an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at Freie Universität, Berlin. The rest of the Hestia team are: Stefan Bouzarovski, Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester; Chris Pelling, Regius Professor of Greek at Christ Church, Oxford; and Leif Isaksen, Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Southampton. They are grateful for funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC: ID number AH/F019459/1) under their Early Career grant scheme.
Jo Heirman (PhD 2012, University of Amsterdam) specialised in Ancient Greek Lyric during his PhD in Amsterdam, under supervision of prof. Irene de Jong. He wrote a dissertation entitled Space in Archaic Greek Lyric: City, Countryside and Sea (Amsterdam University Press 2012), and has published various articles on this topic. He is currently working as Research Consultant at Schelstraete & Desmedt, one of the leading executive search offices in Belgium.
Isabel Hoving is affiliated with the Department of Film and Literary Studies of Leiden University, where she teaches postcolonial theory and theories of globalisation, gender studies and ecocriticism. Her publications include a study on Caribbean migrant women writers, In Praise of New Travellers (Stanford UP, 2001), co-edited books on (Dutch) migration, Caribbean literatures, African literature and art; an edited volume on Dutch Racism and a monography on the intersections of postcolonial theory and ecocriticism are forthcoming. She is member of the editorial boards of Thamyris/ Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race, Ecozon@: the European Journal on Literature, Culture and the Environment and Ecocritical Theory and Practice, and of the advisory board of EASLCE. She is the founder of the Benelux Association of the Study of Art, Culture and the Environment. In addition to her academic work, she is an awarded youth writer.
Bart Keunen, PhD, is professor in Comparative Literature at Ghent University, Belgium. He teaches graduate and postgraduate courses in European Literary History, Sociology of Literature and Comparative Literature. He studied philosophy in Louvain and literary criticism in Ghent, Berlin and Klagenfurt. He published articles on topics concerning urban studies, genre criticism, literary historiography and literary sociology in international journals and books. Book publications include: Time and Imagination. Chronotopes in Western Narrative Culture (Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2012), Verhaal en Verbeelding (Gent: Academia Press, 2007), Tijd voor een verhaal. Mens- en Wereldbeelden in de populaire verhaalcultuur (Gent: Academia Press, 2005); (with GUST) Post-ex-sub-dis: Fragmentations of the City (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2002); (with Bart Eeckhout) Literature and Society. The Function of Literary Sociology in Comparative Literature (Brussels/Bern: Peter Lang/PIE, 2001); De verbeelding van de grootstad. Stads- en wereldbeelden in het proza van de moderniteit (Brussels: VUBpress, 2000); (with GUST) The Urban Condition: Space, Community, and Self in the Contemporary Metropolis (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 1999).
Jacqueline Klooster (PhD 2009, University of Amsterdam) is Marie-Curie / Pegasus postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University. She is the author of Poetry as Window and Mirror. Positioning the Poet in Hellenistic Poetry (Leiden, Brill 2011). She has published on Hellenistic Poetry, and is currently working on a personal research project funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) entitled A portrait of the Statesman as an Artist. The Evaluation of writing rulers in Antiquity.
Henk van der Liet studied Scandinavian Languages at the Universities of Groningen and Copenhagen. Lecturer at the University of Groningen, guest lecturer at the universities of Odense (1991) and HU Berlin (1993). Since 1998 chair of Scandinavian Languages and Literature at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and since 2002 also Head of the Department of Language and Literature (UvA). He has published widely on 19th and 20th century Scandinavian literature, with a special emphasis on Danish literature: Kontrapunkter. En studie i Poul Vads skønlitterære forfatterskab (1997, Odense UP); chapters in Danske digtere i det 20. århundrede I-III (Gad Publishers, 2000-2002). He is also editor of the European Journal of Scandinavian Studies (De Gruyter Publishers), publisher and editor in chief of the book series Amsterdam Contributions to Scandinavian Studies and literary critic of the Danish journal Litteraturmagasinet Standart. He is at present working on a book about the 19th-century Danish author Holger Drachmann.
Emilie van Opstall is assistant professor in Ancient Greek at the VU University Amsterdam. Her research interests include Late Antique and Byzantine poetry. She made an edition, translation and commentary of the poems in hexameters and elegiac by the 10th century poet John Geometres (Leiden, Brill 2008).
Esther Peeren is Associate Professor of Globalisation Studies in the Media Studies Department at the University of Amsterdam and researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is the author of Intersubjectivities and Popular Culture: Bakhtin and Beyond (Stanford UP, 2008) and co-editor of The Shock of the Other: Situating Alterities (Rodopi, 2007), Representation Matters: (Re)Articulating Collective Identities in a Postcolonial World (Rodopi, 2010), Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum, 2010) and The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Bettina Reitz studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford from 2003 to 2008. She then moved to Leiden University in the Netherlands to work on a PhD dissertation entitled Building in Words: Representations of the Process of Construction in Latin Literature, which she completed in September 2012. She has been the recipient of scholarships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Corpus Christi College, the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), and the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome (KNIR). She is currently employed at the Leiden Classics department as a postdoctoral researcher. Current projects concern the Latin texts of fascist Italy and landscapes of war in imperial Roman literature.
Paul van Uum (MA Classics Radboud University, 2009) is a PhD-student at the University of Amsterdam in a project of Irene de Jong. His research primarily focuses on representation of the past in tragedy, particularly the role of Homer in this process.
Steven Van Renterghem (MA Classics and Modern Greek, Ghent University, 2001). During this period he wrote a thesis on the poetry of Cavafy and studied at the University of Crete, Rethymnon. After further studies in musicology and employment in the private sector, he returned to the Modern Greek Studies department at Ghent University for a PhD project. His research focuses on the romantic novels written in the first two decades after Greek independence. These are analyzed in terms of their generic affinities with the Hellenistic and Byzantine adventure novel of ordeal, while special emphasis is given to the ideological functions that these novels performed in the process of nation building within the larger framework of Greek Romanticism.
Sofie Verraest is a doctoral researcher at the Department of General and Comparative Literature Studies (Ghent University, Belgium) since October 2009. Within the framework of Ghent Urban Studies Team (http://www.gust.ugent.be/) she works on a cross-disciplinary project funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bart Keunen (General and Comparative Literature Studies) and Prof. Dr. Ir.-Arch. Pieter Uyttenhove (Architecture and Urbanism) which proposes a narratological analysis of heterotopian spaces in urban imagination since the Second World War, both in urbanism and in novelistic literature.