Research Network for Culture, Law and the Body

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The following people are currently involved in the Research Network for Culture, Law and the Body:

Network coordinators

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dr. Elwin Hofman
Network coordinator
Elwin Hofman is assistant professor of Cultural History and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at Utrecht University. His research concerns the cultural and social history of Europe since the eighteenth century, with a special focus on crime, emotions, sexuality, selfhood and psychology. His current research project, InterPsy, focuses on the cultural history of criminal interrogation and the circulation of psychological knowledge.
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dr. Willemijn Ruberg
Network coordinator
Willemijn Ruberg is associate professor in Cultural History (with ius promovendi). Her research interests include the modern history of gender, sexuality, emotions, knowledge, forensic expertise and the body, as well as cultural theory. She recently published History of the Body (2020) in the History and Theory series of Palgrave Macmillan/Red Globe Press.

Network affiliates

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Nathanje Dijkstra
lecturer in Cultural History
Nathanje Dijkstra is specialized in the cultural history of disability. On 12 January 2024 she will defend her PhD thesis 'Making up Incapacity for work? How government officials, medical experts and disabled workers brought incapacity for work in to being in the first Dutch social security law (1901-1967)'.
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Maksymilian Del Mar
Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Humanities
Maksymilian Del Mar is Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Humanities in the Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.
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Kaat Wils
professor of Cultural History KU Leuven
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Julie Fraser
Assistant Professor with the Netherlands Insitute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Montaigne Centre at Utrecht University
Julie Fraser is Assistant Professor with the Netherlands Insitute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Montaigne Centre at Utrecht University. She teaches in the bachelor and master programmes, including Public International Law, International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, and International Human Rights Law. She has presented at conferences and given guest lectures/workshops on a variety of topics worldwide. Julie's present research interests include human rights and the environment, as well as relationships between Islamic and international law.
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Lorena Sosa
Assistant Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) Utrecht University
Lorena Sosa is an Assistant Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and participates in the research programme on Family & Law (UCERF). She is a Board Member and Director of Education at the Utrecht Center for Global Challenges, and a member of the core team of the UU IOS (In)Equality Platform.
In her research, Lorena explores the limits of human rights law in relation to gender and intersectional discrimination and violence, using comparative and socio-legal methods. In 2018 she received a Marie Sklodowska-Curie from the European Commission, followed by a VENI from the Dutch Scientific Organisation for her research on gender-based violence against trans and intersex persons [see here].
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Julie Stone Peters
H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, Affiliated Faculty at Columbia Law School, and
Julie Stone Peters is the H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, Affiliated Faculty at Columbia Law School, and a Global Professorial Fellow at the Queen Mary University School of Law in London. She is an expert in law and humanities as well as performance, film, and contemporary comparative media. Her most recent book is Law as Performance: Theatricality, Spectatorship, and the Making of Law in Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2022).
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Quentin Verreycken
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain)
Quentin Verreycken is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain). His research focuses on the social, cultural, and political history of late medieval Western Europe, with a particular focus on crime and justice in the context of war. More recently, he has been exploring the interplay between military violence, emotions, and physical impairment.
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Stephanie van Dam
PhD candidate at the History Faculty, Cambridge University
Stephanie’s research considers how disabled workers and their families shaped the implementation of international policies on injury compensation in the British Empire during the interbellum. Her research seeks to understand the socio-economic consequences of workplace-injury and analyzes injury in relation to legal frameworks on liability, the financial costs of care, and normative ideas governing working bodies.
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Martine Veldhuizen
assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Culture at Utrecht University
Martine Veldhuizen is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Culture at Utrecht University's Faculty of Humanities. Her expertise lies in exploring the interactions between law, literature and culture in medieval Western Europe, particularly within the realms of free speech and privacy. She is coordinating and teaching in the minor program centred around Language, Law, and Culture at Utrecht University.
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