Professor Ann Rigney, University of Utrecht, a Complit Alumna, has been awarded 2.5 million euros by the European Research Council for her project on The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe.
Prof. Ann Rigney is professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, and is currently also Head of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication. She was trained at University College Dublin (MA hons) and the University of Toronto (PhD) in English, French, and Comparative Literature.
Her research explores the intersections between narrative, collective identity, and contestations of the past across a wide range of media and cultural practices. She has played a leading role in the development of the field of cultural memory studies, as founder of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies, as coordinator of NITMES, and as project leader in the EU-COST project In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe.
She has published widely on modern memory cultures and theories of history. Her many publications include Imperfect Histories (2001), The Afterlives of Walter Scott (2012; 2017), Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Memory (ed. with A. Erll, 2009), Transnational Memory (ed. with C. De Cesari, 2014), and Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe (ed. with J. Leerssen, 2014). She is a member of the KNAW and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by Aarhus University.