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Dr Hans Demeyer
352 Foster Court
Gower Street
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  • Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary

Hans Demeyer (1987) works on twentieth and twenty-first century literature from a reading practice that is mostly informed by marxist literary theory, affect theory and queer theory. His work aims to detect and analyze dominant and emergent structures of feeling in the 21st C. Recurrent interests are ideology, affect, political economy, the Anthropocene, decolonization. 

His PhD, Between Urge and Restraint (2016, Ghent University), is a study of corporalityand affect in Dutch and Flemish fiction of the 1960s. He has edited volumes onneo-avant-garde authors Willy Roggeman, Deruimte van Roggeman (2013; with Carl de Strycker and Sven Vitse), and JacqVogelaar, Woekeringen en weigeringen (2018;with Sven Vitse). 

With Sven Vitse, he wrote Affectieve crisis, literair herstel: de romans van de millennial-generatie (Amsterdam University Press, 2021; Affective Crisis, Reparative Literature: the Novels of the Millennials), a study of twenty-first century fiction by millennial writers: an analysis of dominant themes, motives and formsin relation to the ideological, social and media context of the 21st century, and more specifically an affective crisis in today’s late capitalist society. 

A constant effort in his academic research on literature in Dutch has been the implementation of a comparative approach of ‘worlding’: the inclusion of minority, postcolonial and international voices and perspectives to open up a field of study that is still predominantly bounded by national boundaries. As part of that aim, he is currently editing, together with Bram Ieven and Lucelle Pardoe, a special issue of Dutch Crossing on 'Worlding Modern Dutch Literature'.

He is also an editor of the Belgian literary journal nY for which he has composed issues on poetics of crisis and exit, the work of Lauren Berlant, and the socioeconomic production of depression. He regularly writes reviews, many of which appear on De Reactor: https://www.dereactor.org/critici/hans_demeyer

He is currently reworking my PhD for a book publication and assembling past writings into a book that starts from Deleuze's remark that we've quite lost the world and that aims to gather practices to win the world. Of other loose writings, one revolves around pedagogy and decolonization, another on exhaustion, care and the desire for the normative. 

Teaching Summary

Marx: "On the one hand a change of social circumstances was required to establish a proper system of education, on the other hand a proper system of education was required to bring about a change of social circumstances; we must therefore commence where we were." 

I'm currently the director of the MA Comparative Literature. Graduate teaching in the MA deals with 21C fiction and affect theory. Undergraduate teaching in the BA Comparative Literature with world literature, the Anthropocene and Queer theory. Courses on Dutch literature focus on the contemporary, post/de-coloniality and gender/masculinity.  

01-SEP-2016 Lecturer Dutch & Comparative Literature SELCS UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2016   Doctorat Universiteit Gent
2010   Master Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
2009   Master Universiteit Gent
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