Project Team and Projects
Ann Rigney, professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University and founder of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies , is principal investigator and project leader of ReACt. Personal site: www.rigney.nl.
Besides coordinating ReAct as a whole, she is working on specific subprojects spanning the period since 1871.
Marieke Bootsma works as project manager, and as such coordinates organisational matters and practical affairs.
Emilia Salvanou is a post-doctoral researcher in the ReAct project. She is exploring the memoryscapes of youth movements in the 1960s with special attention to Greece and West Germany.
Thomas Smits is a post-doctoral researcher in the ReAct project. He focuses on how images shape the memory of activism and memory in activism. He hopes to demonstrate that newly-developed ‘distant viewing’ techniques can shed new light on these two important aspects of the memory-activism nexus.
Tashina Blom is a PhD candidate in the ReAct project. Her research focuses on the 15-M, or Indignados, movement in Spain and explores the connection between media activism and memory activism; it looks at protest repertoires as a form of of cultural memory, and considers the historicity of political emotions like hope and anger.
Duygu Erbil is a PhD candidate in the ReAct project. Her project explores the cultural afterlife of Deniz Gezmiş and how this student leader and activist has been remembered in Turkey since his execution in 1972.
Clara Vlessing is a PhD candidate in the ReAct project. Her research focuses on individual women activists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how they have been remembered in changing contexts over several generations.
Sophie van den Elzen is a post-doctoral researcher in the ReAct project. Her research develops the idea of a “protest lexicon” or “linguistic repertoire” and explores how activist memory is shaped and transmitted through language.