Research Humanities

Research at the Tilburg School of Humanities focuses on transformation processes taking place in contemporary society, related to communication and culture, and analyses the underlying moral and ethical questions.

Willem Witteveen Memorial Fellowship 2017 awarded to Rakhshan Rizwan

The Willem Witteveen Memorial Fellowship for 2017 has been awarded to Rakhshan Rizwan. Ms. Rizwan holds a BA in Literature and New Media (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany) and an MA in British, American and Postcolonial Studies (University of Münster, Germany).

She is currently completing a PhD on Anglophone Kashmiri Bildungsromane at Utrecht University as a form of human rights advocacy. In addition, she is an award-winning poet, who has published highly acclaimed work in periodicals such as Postcolonial Text and Blue Lyra Review. Her first volume of poetry, Songs of Saffron, will appear in 2017.

Guest lecture

During the period of the fellowship, Ms. Rizwan will continue working on her PhD thesis, while participating in the academic life of both Tilburg Law School and the Tilburg School of Humanities, and deliver a guest lecture.

Willem Witteveen Fellowship

The annual Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities has been established to commemorate the life and work of Professor Willem Witteveen.

Professor Willem Witteveen was an early representative of the interdisciplinary and contextual approach to legal scholarship in the Netherlands and in Tilburg Law School. In addition, he was the founding Dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program of University College Tilburg. Whereas the emphasis in legal studies is often on social sciences, Willem’s focus was on law and humanities. Rhetoric, literature, political philosophy, and intellectual and cultural history were the sources of Willem’s many contributions to academia, politics and society. Willem attached great importance to student formation in the sense of the classic Bildungsideal to which expression (rhetoric, language) and contact with classical texts are central. The progressive nature of much of his work is matched by his attachment to traditional forms of academic work that foster an immediate exchange of ideas.