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Department History
Specialization History of literature
Contact ton.van.kalmthout@huygens.knaw.nl
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Biography

Ton van Kalmthout studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Nijmegen (now Radboud University Nijmegen) and gained his Ph.D. in 1998 at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on multidisciplinary art clubs in the Netherlands between 1880 and 1914. He worked as a teacher of Dutch at secondary school, and taught at the teacher-training programmes for Dutch at Rotterdam University an at the University of Leiden. He also worked as a teacher and post-doctoral researcher at the Dutch Language and Culture Section of the University of Groningen. Since 2005, he is a senior researcher at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. His field of interest is the distribution and reception of literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition, since 2020, he is professor by special appointment of Dutch Literature at the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) of Leiden University.

Additional positions

  • Affiliate research associate of the Centre for Historical Culture (EUR)
  • Member of the Board of the Coornhert Foundation
  • Member of the Board of the Réveil Archives Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the book series Women Writers in History (Brill Publishers)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Vertalerslexicon voor het Nederlandstalig Gebied (VNLex)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde /Journal of Dutch Linguistics and Literature (Amsterdam University Press)
  • Editor of the book series Bibliotheca Dissidentium Neerlandicorum (Uitgeverij Verloren)
  • Editor of Jaarboek Bilderdijk (Uitgeverij Verloren)
  • Secretary of the Bilderdijk Working Group of the van de Society of Dutch Literature
  • President of the Commission for Linguistics and Literature of the van de Society of Dutch Literature
  • President of the Queen Wilhelmina Chair Foundation

Other information

Research output in Pure

Publication List

Important publications

Een sprong in het duister. Nederlandse emigratieliteratuur 1946-1992. Oratie bij de aanvaarding van het ambt van bijzonder hoogleraar in de Internationale Uitwisseling van Nederlandse literatuur in Historisch Perspectief vanwege het Huygens Instituut van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen aan de Universiteit Leiden op vrijdag 24 september 2021. Leiden: Universiteit Leiden, 2021.

With Elke Brems et al. (eds.): Transnational Trajectories of Dutch Literature, special issue of: Dutch Crossing 44 (2020) 2.

With Rick Honings & Gijsbert Rutten (eds.): Language, Literature and the Construction of a Dutch National Identity, 1780-1830. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

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