Dr Louis van den Hengel (L.)
Louis van den Hengel is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the Department of Literature and Art and the Centre for Gender and Diversity. He teaches various courses in Gender and Cultural studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the University College Maastricht. Since 2015 he is also Vice Chair of the Board of Examiners at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Nationally, he serves on the Curriculum Committee of the Netherlands Research School for Gender Studies.
After receiving an MA in Classics (cum laude), Louis van den Hengel specialized in the interdisciplinary field of gender and diversity studies with a focus on feminist theory. He received his PhD in Gender Studies (cum laude) from the Institute for Gender Studies and the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University Nijmegen in 2009. In the same year he published the monograph Imago on Roman imperial sculpture and the embodiment of gender, which was awarded the Jan van Gelderprijs by the Association of Dutch Art Historians. Louis van den Hengel has held various residencies at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and was a Visiting Scholar at New York University in the spring of 2010.
His current research explores the interrelations between affect, materiality, and time in contemporary performance art from a feminist new materialist perspective. His special focus in this research is the work of the Serbian and New York-based performance artist Marina Abramovic. Louis van den Hengel has observed and participated in several of Abramovic's recent works, including The Artist is Present (New York, 2010), The Abramovic Method (Milan, 2012) and the long-durational performance 512 Hours created at the Serpentine Galleries in London in 2014.
Van den Hengel's scholarly work has been published in journals such as Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and the Dutch Journal of Gender Studies. He has also contributed book chapters to edited volumes such as Materializing Memory in Art and Popular Culture (Routledge, 2017), Gender: Matter (Macmillan, 2017) and Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture (Routledge, 2018).
Gender and Diversity Studies; Feminist Theory; Queer Theory; Performance Studies; Classical Studies.