Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies

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dr. E. (Esther) Peeren


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Literatuurwetenschap
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Room number: 7.10
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • E.Peeren@uva.nl
    T: 0205254482

Esther Peeren is Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Analysis. She is also vice-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS - http://acgs.uva.nl) and vice-director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA - http://asca.uva.nl). With Jeroen de Kloet, she is series editor of Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society (https://www.palgrave.com/de/series/15109).

Esther's research focuses on processes of marginalization and questions of agency, on the underilluminated impact of globalisation on rural areas, and on the changing relationship between centres and peripheries (with Hanneke Stuit, she coordinates the ASCA research group The Peripheries Project). Other interests are popular culture, modern literary and cultural theory (in particular the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, poststructuralism, cultural analysis, and gender studies), and 20th- and 21st-century English and American literature, film and television.

Recent publications include an article on the compelling memory of 9/11 in Cultural Critique (2016), a volume (co-edited with Hanneke Stuit and Astrid Van Weyenberg) enitled Peripheral Visions in a Globalizing World (Brill 2016) and contributions to the open access publication Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (Meson Press, 2017 - http://meson.press/books/symptoms-of-the-planetary-condition/). Many of Esther's publications focus on spectrality: the use of the metaphor of the ghost (and haunting) as a theoretical concept. Her latest monograph - The Spectral Metaphor: Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) - examines the relationship between spectrality, precarity and agency in cultural representations of subjects perceived as ghostly (migrants, servants, mediums and missing persons). With Maria del Pilar Blanco of the University of Oxford she edited the volumes  Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum, 2010) and The Spectralities Reader (Bloomsbury, 2013). She has also published articles about spectrality in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction and  The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures.

From 2013 to 2017 Esther was Associate Professor of Globalization Studies at the Media Studies Department at the University of Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2012 she was Assistant Professor in the department of Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where she taught in the BA and MA, as well as in the research-MA Cultural Analysis.

Esther studied English and Literary Studies at the University of Groningen and, with the support of a scholarship from NUFFIC and the British Council, completed an M.St. in Women's Studies at the University of Oxford. In December 2005 she received her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation was published in 2008 as  Intersubjectivities and Popular Culture: Bakhtin and Beyond with Stanford University Press.

To contact Esther or to make an appointment, please send an email to: e.peeren@uva.nl.

Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present (Brill, 2016)

The Spectral Metaphor: Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum, 2010)

Intersubjectivities and Popular Culture: Bakhtin and Beyond (Stanford University Press, 2008)

Representation Matters: (Re)Articulating Collective Identities in a Postcolonial World (Rodopi, 2010)

The Shock of the Other: Situating Alterities (Rodopi, 2007)

2017

  • Peeren, E. (2017). Perspective. In M. Bunz, B. M. Kaiser, & K. Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (pp. 91-96). Luneburg: Meson Press.
  • Peeren, E. (2017). Specters. In M. Bunz, B. M. Kaiser, & K. Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (pp. 167-171). Luneburg: Meson Press.
  • Peeren, E. (2017). Stutter. In M. Bunz, B. M. Kaiser, & K. Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (pp. 179-184). Luneburg: Meson Press.

2016

  • Peeren, E. (2016). Compelling Memory: 9/11 and the Work of Mourning in Mike Binder's Reign over Me. Cultural Critique, 92(winter), 57-83. DOI: 10.5749/culturalcritique.92.2016.0057  [details] 
  • Peeren, E., Stuit, H., & van Weyenberg, A. (2016). Introduction: Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present. In E. Peeren, H. Stuit, & A. van Weyenberg (Eds.), Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present: Spaces, Mobilities, Aesthetics (pp. 1-29). (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race; No. 31). Leiden: Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004323056_002  [details] 

2015

  • Peeren, E. (2015). Compelling Affects/Structured Feelings: Remembering 9/11. In D. Sharma, & F. Tygstrup (Eds.), Structures of Feeling: Affectivity and the Study of Culture (pp. 85-97). (Concepts for the Study of Culture; No. 5). Berlin: De Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/9783110365481.85  [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2015). Refocalizing Irregular Migration: New Perspectives on the Global Mobility Regime in Contemporary Visual Culture. In Y. Jansen, R. Celikates, & J. de Bloois (Eds.), The Irregularization of Migration in Contemporary Europe: Detention, Deportation, Drowning (pp. 173-190). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. [details] 

2014

  • Peeren, E. (2014). The Spectral Metaphor: Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137375858  [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2014). Lumumba's Ghosts: Immaterial Matters and Matters Immaterial in Sven Augustijnen's Spectres. Transformations, 25, 1-12. [details] 

2013

  • Peeren, E. (2013). Grave Stories: (Re)Burial as Chronotope and Heterotopia in Sophocles' Antigone and Oedipus at Colonus, Tahar Djaout's Les Chercheurs d'os and Assia Djebar's Algerian White. In J. Klooster, & J. Heirman (Eds.), The ideologies of lived space in literary texts, ancient and modern (pp. 55-69). Gent: Academia Press. [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2013). Other Senses: The Politics of Mediumship. In O. Jenzen, & S. R. Munt (Eds.), The Ashgate Companion to Paranormal Cultures (pp. 203-214). Farnham: Ashgate. [details] 
  • del Pilar Blanco, M., & Peeren, E. (2013). Haunted historiographies / introduction. In M. del Pilar Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory (pp. 481-487). London: Bloomsbury. [details] 
  • del Pilar Blanco, M., & Peeren, E. (2013). Introduction: conceptualizing spectralities. In M. del Pilar Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory (pp. 1-27). London: Bloomsbury. [details] 
  • del Pilar Blanco, M., & Peeren, E. (2013). Possessions: spectral places / introduction. In M. del Pilar Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory (pp. 395-401). London: Bloomsbury. [details] 
  • del Pilar Blanco, M., & Peeren, E. (2013). Spectral subjectivities: gender, sexuality, race / introduction. In M. del Pilar Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory (pp. 309-316). London: Bloomsbury. [details] 
  • del Pilar Blanco, M., & Peeren, E. (2013). Spectropolitics: ghosts of the global contemporary / introduction. In M. del Pilar Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory (pp. 91-101). London: Bloomsbury. [details] 
  • del Pilar Blanco, M., & Peeren, E. (2013). The ghost in the machine: spectral media / introduction. In M. del Pilar Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory (pp. 199-206). London: Bloomsbury. [details] 
  • del Pilar Blanco, M., & Peeren, E. (2013). The spectral turn / introduction. In M. del Pilar Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory (pp. 31-36). London: Bloomsbury. [details] 

2012

  • Peeren, E. (2012). Ghostly Generation Games: Multidirectional Hauntings and Self-Spectralization in Bret Easton Ellis’s Lunar Park. Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 53(4), 305-321. DOI: 10.1080/00111619.2010.523443  [details] 

2010

  • Peeren, E. (2010). Everyday ghosts and the ghostly everyday in Amos Tutuola, Ben Okri and Achille Mbembe. In M. P. Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), Popular ghosts: the haunted spaces of everyday culture (pp. 106-117). London: Continuum. [details] 
  • Blanco, M. P., & Peeren, E. (2010). Introduction. In M. P. Blanco, & E. Peeren (Eds.), Popular ghosts: the haunted spaces of everyday culture (pp. ix-xxiv). London: Continuum. [details] 
  • Hoffmann, A., & Peeren, E. (2010). Introduction: representation matters. In A. Hoffman, & E. Peeren (Eds.), Representation matters: (re)articulating collective identities in a postcolonial world (pp. 9-29). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex and race; No. 20). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 

2009

  • Peeren, E. (2009). Seeing more (hi)stories: versioning as a resignificatory practice in the What We See exhibition and the work of Sanell Aggenbach and Mustafa Maluka. In A. Hoffmann (Ed.), What we see: reconsidering an anthropometrical collection from Southern Africa: images, voices, and versioning (pp. 84-103). Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien. [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2009). The postcolonial and/as the spirit world: theorizing the ghost in Jacques Derrida, Achille Mbembe and Ben Okri's 'The famished road'. In M. Joseph-Vilain, & J. Misrahi-Barak (Eds.), Postcolonial ghosts = Fantômes post-coloniaux (pp. 327-343). (Les carnets du Cerpac; No. 8). Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée. [details] 

2007

  • Peeren, E. (2007). Intersubjectivities and popular culture : Bakhtin and Beyond. Cultural Memory in the Present. Stanford: Stanford University Press. [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2007). Carnival Politics and the Territory of the Street. In S. Dasgupta (Ed.), Constellations of the Transnational: Modernity, Culture, Critique. (Thamyris). Amsterdam/Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2007). The Ghost as a Gendered Chronotope. In S. Blazan (Ed.), Ghosts, Stories, Histories : Ghost Stories and Alternative histories. (pp. 81-96). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2007). The Subject as Translator : Mikhail Bakhtin and Jean Laplanche. Doletiana, 1. [details] 
  • Peeren, E. (2007). Vocal Alterity : Voice over ,Voice off and the Cultural Addressee. In E. Peeren, & S. Horstkotte (Eds.), The Shock of the Other : Situating Alterities. (pp. 79-90). (Thamyris/ Intersecting place, sex and race). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 
  • Peeren, E., & Horstkotte, S. (2007). The Shock of the Other: Situating Alterities. (thamyris / intersecting place , sex and race). Amsterdam/NewYork: Rodopi. [details] 
  • Peeren, E., & Horstkotte, S. (2007). Introduction : the Shock of the Other. In The Shock of the Other; Situating Alterities. (pp. 9-22). (Thamyris/ intersecting place , sex and race 15). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 

2006

  • Peeren, E. (2006). Through the Lens of the Chronotope: Suggestions for a Spatio-Tempral Perspective on Diaspora. In M. A. Baronian, & S. Besser (Eds.), Diaspora and Memory: Figures of Displacement in Contemporary Literature, Arts and Politics. (pp. 67-77). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 

2005

  • Peeren, E. (2005). Queering the Straight World: The Politics of Resignification in Queer as Folk. In J. R. Keller, & L. Stratyner (Eds.), The New Queer Aesthetic on Television: Essays on Recent Programming. (pp. 59-72). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

2011

  • Peeren, E. (2011). Focalizing concepts: looking at ghosts in Derrida's 'Specters of Marx'. In E. Peeren, & M. Aydemir (Eds.), Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011 (pp. 121-128). Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details] 
  • Peeren, E., & Aydemir, M. (2011). Introduction. In E. Peeren, & M. Aydemir (Eds.), Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011 (pp. 3-5). Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details] 

2010

  • de Bloois, J., & Peeren, E. (2010). Kernthema's in de literatuur- en cultuurwetenschap. (Wetenschapsfilosofie in context). Den Haag: Boom Lemma uitgevers. [details] 

2008

  • Peeren, E. (2008). Versioning the self: from Bakhtin to cultural analysis. In E. de Haard, W. Honselaar, & J. Stelleman (Eds.), Literature and beyond: Festschrift for Willem G. Weststeijn on the occasion of his 65th birthday (pp. 591-608). (Pegasus Oost-Europese Studies; No. 11-2). Amsterdam: Pegasus. [details] 

2006

  • Peeren, E. (2006). From Territory to Territories: Travels of a Bakhtinian Metaphor. In M. Lähteenmäki, H. Dufva, S. Leppänen, & P. Varis (Eds.), proceedings of the XII international Bakhtin Conference. (pp. 315-323). Jyvaskyla, Finland. [details] 

2004

  • Peeren, E. (2004). Excessive Eyes: Looking and Gazing in(to) 'The Real Me'. In G. de Castro, & C. A. Faraco (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIth International Bakhtin Conference. (pp. 535-542). Curitiba (Brazil): Universidade Federal do Parana. [details] 

2015

  • Peeren, E. (Author). (2015). Global Hauntings. Leiden: Museum De Lakenhal.
  • Peeren, E. (2015). Oneindige dialogen: meerstemmigheid in literatuur en maatschappij [Bespreking van: M. Holquist (1981) Discourse in the Novel: the Dialogic Imagination by M.M. Bakhtin: Four Essays]. Vooys, 33(2), 94-97. [details] 

2013

2012

  • Peeren, E. (2012). The Metamorphosis of Carnival. In A. Demeester, & E. van Duyn (Eds.), Metamorphosis (pp. 21-30). (The Shadowfiles; No. #2). Amsterdam: Sitchting De Appel. [details] 

2010

  • Peeren, E. (2010). [Review of: C. Bongie (2010) Friends and enemies: the scribal politics of post/colonial literature]. French Studies, 64(1), 122-123. DOI: 10.1093/fs/knp253  [details] 

2009

  • Peeren, E. (2009). [Review of: M. Syrotinski (2007) Deconstruction and the postcolonial: at the limits of theory]. French Studies, 63(1), 123-124. DOI: 10.1093/fs/knn168  [details] 

Book editor

  • Peeren, E., Stuit, H., & van Weyenberg, A. (2016). Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present: Space, Mobility, Aesthetics. (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race; No. 31). Leiden: Brill. [details] 
  • Blanco, M. P., & Peeren, E. (2013). The spectralities reader: ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory. London: Bloomsbury. [details] 
  • Peeren, E., & Aydemir, M. (2011). Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011. Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details] 
  • Blanco, M. P., & Peeren, E. (2010). Popular ghosts: the haunted spaces of everyday culture. London: Continuum. [details] 
  • Hoffmann, A., & Peeren, E. (2010). Representation matters: (re)articulating collective identities in a postcolonial world. (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex and race; No. 20). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 

Journal editor

  • Peeren, Esther (reviewer) (2015-): Palgrave (Publisher).
  • Peeren, E. (editor) (2009): Thamyris / Intersecting (Journal).

2017

  • Ferdinand, S. R. (2017). I Map Therefore I Am Modern: Cartography and global modernity in the visual arts [details] 
  • Villaescusa Illán, I. (2017). Writing the Nation: Transculturation and nationalism in Hispano-Filipino literature from the early twentieth century [details] 

2016

  • Pijpers, J. M. (2016). Sonic resistance: Diaspora, marginality and censorship in Cuban and Brazilian popular music [details] 

2015

  • Kuryel, A. (2015). Image acts and visual communities: everyday nationalism in contemporary Turkey [details] 
  • Pannier, C. M. J. (2015). Kunstgeschiedenis in het secundair onderwijs: een oncomfortabele contactzone [details] 
  • Souch, I. S. (2015). Tales of Russianness: Post-Soviet identity formation in popular film and television [details] 
  • van de Wiel, L. (2015). Freezing fertility: Oocyte cryopreservation and the gender politics of ageing [details] 

2010

2005

  • Peeren, E. (2005). Bakhtin and beyond: identities as intersubjectivities in popular culture [details] 
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