Jesse van Amelsvoort

Jesse van Amelsvoort, lecturer in modern European literature, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)


I am Lecturer in Modern European Literature at the Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam. I hold a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht (2012, cum laude), an MA in Comparative Literature from University College London (2013, cum laude), and an MA in Euroculture from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the University of Groningen (2016, cum laude). In 2021, I took my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Groningen. My work is primarily focused on comparative and European literature, with interests in postcolonial studies, minority studies, world literature, literary multilingualism, and environmental humanities.

From 2017 to 2021, I was a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature with University of Groningen / Campus Fryslân, the Netherlands. My dissertation, “A Europe of Connections: Post-National Worlds in Contemporary Minority Literature,” centres on six writers from Finland to the United Kingdom, and from the Netherlands to Spain. I combine perspectives from world literature, minority studies, and European studies to elaborate a “worldly reading” strategy that is attuned to how these writers negotiate pressures of the national in times of globalization. Parts of this project have been published in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and Global Perspectives. I successfully defended my dissertation on 18 November 2021.

I am currently starting a project provisionally entitled “Connective Fictions” that investigates how literature can be the connection between abstract, transborder processes such as climate change and migration on the one hand and individual, everyday life on the other. This project continues my interest in the ways various scales – the local, the national, the global – intersect and impact daily life, while extending my purview to the environmental humanities.

For a number of smaller and collaborative projects I am working on at the moment, click on the link under “Current projects” at the right.

For my CV, click here.


To see what I am currently working on, click here.


On 4 November 2021, Loft en lân. Gesprekken over Tsjêbbe Hettinga was published with Bornmeer. Click the link for more information or to purchase your copy!

You can find publicly available versions of my articles, essays, and reviews over at my page.

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Since Spring 2020, I’ve served on the editorial board of Armada. Tijdschrift voor wereldliteratuur. Do get a subscription, or get in touch with me if you’d like to work with us!


You can find me on Twitter as @jdvamelsvoort. Or e-mail me at j.d.vanamelsvoort (at)