Contemporary Spanish Culture, Urban Space, Tourism Studies
Postcolonial Studies, Globalization, Feminist and Gender Studies, Urban Studies
Urban Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Geography, Avant-Garde
American literature, academic culture, digital humanities, Walt Whitman, urban studies.
Canadian literature, Québécois fiction, nordicity, urban space, disasters, trauma fiction
Janna Coomans is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Medieval History. She defended her dissertation (cum laude), titled “In Pursuit of a Healthy City: Sanitation and the Common Good in the Late Medieval Low Countries”, in June 2018. Her current research project explores the practices of various agents to promote communal wellbeing in the late medieval urban Low Countries. It is part of the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project “Healthscaping Urban Europe”. Her main research interests are the history of (public) health; social and urban history and more theoretical explorations of spatiality and materiality; as well as gender, medicine, crime, and urban governance.
I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.
I am an art historian specializing in the visual culture of the Dutch Golden Age. My research focuses on urban identity and sociopolitical agency as expressed in paintings and prints produced after the Protestant Reformation. My work interlaces visual analysis and political history with urban theory to trace how self-perceptions of our role and worth in urban communities influence our visual enagagement with the world.
Middle English and Anglo-Latin literature, public poetry, documentary culture, urban and commercial history, medieval historiography