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Literature plays a role in the representation and shaping of contested spaces. In this master, you explore how literary texts have played a role in shaping our experience of such contested spaces.

Novels, poems, and plays shape our perceptions and affect our lived experience of such spaces as the nation, wilderness, or the body. These spaces are contested in our current context, and have been in the past centuries. We encourage you to pursue your fascination with the ways in which literary representations interact with real or imagined spaces, geographies and ecosystems. You focus on literature and three kinds of contested space: the (trans)national, the environment, and the body. We welcome students who are keen to hone their critical thinking and research skills; we offer you the chance to pursue your research interests under the guidance of specialists in the field.

Our program is taught by enthusiastic lecturers whose research focuses on the relations between literature and the body, transnational exchange, and ecocriticism. The lecturers in the program are specialists in the field of English or American Literature, from the early modern period to now. We also draw on the expertise of researchers of Dutch literature from the Golden Age to now. Our lecturers, mentors and tutors will provide you with individual guidance in the pursuit of your research interests.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

  • The Master's program is unique in the Netherlands.
  • The master Literature & Contested Space offers a personal approach. You can choose a tutor who helps you througout your program.
  • The theme of the master is relevant, unique and linked to current issues. Literature deals with people and this master focuses on a universal approach, not tied to countries or languages.
  • This master offers you the possibility to choose electives within the department or the faculty of Humanities.

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1e jaar In your first year, you can choose to follow courses offered by the department or opt for a course from other department in the faculty. Next to these courses you will follow two research modules 'Digital & Environmental Humanities' and 'Humanities in Society' and two core courses 'National Historiographies and Contested Heritage' and 'Contesting Spaces'. Furthermore, you can choose to follow a course in a National Research School or the VU Summer Schools.
2e jaar In your second year, you can choose to go abroad or take an elective. Furthermore, you will follow the courses 'Environmental Humanities' and 'Humanities Research Career Preparation'. You will finish your master by writing a thesis on a subject of your choice.


taal van onderwijs100% en
groepsdiscussie, groepsopdracht, individuele opdracht, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksvoorstel, werkcollege, werkgroep, zelfstudie
The Research Master's is an intensive research oriented program. Due to its small scale you will work closely together with the professors. Most courses will be taught in tutorials, some as lectures. You will complete your two-year programme by writing a Master's thesis on a research project that you will carry out yourself.
The Research Master specialization Literature & contested spaces prepares you for a career as a researcher. We will train you in the skills required to pursue a PhD within academia, and guide you in the writing of a research proposal for a PhD project. You may also become a researcher outside the academic setting or embark on a career outside the field of research, for instance as an editor, a teacher or a language policy worker in education for a local or national government.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
1 september 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 June for Dutch and EU students, 1 April for non-EU students

In order to be admitted directly we require a full Bachelor's degree in linguistics and an average grade of minimally a 7.5 out of 10.

A certified list of the academic results obtained to date (qualifications and lists of grades).

The student should have a proficient level of academic English, proof of excellent study results and motivation for doing academic research.

Unless English is your first language, you must be able to prove your knowledge of English is sufficient.

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation must be included in your application.

We require a motivation letter including a description of your research interests.

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Na de studie

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Irena Bunic

International Student Advisor

T: +31205985252
Janet van der Meulen

Coordinator of the Research Master

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