About OSL

The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL) is the national research network for literary theory, comparative literature, Dutch literature, and the literatures of the major modern languages in the Netherlands. Founded in 1995, the OSL serves as a forum for debate and exchange for scholars in the field and offers a high standard and cutting-edge training program for research master and PhD students. Presently based at the University of Groningen, the school welcomes the participation of students and scholars from all Dutch universities and from abroad.

Mission statement

It is the ambition of OSL to

  • provide high standard and cutting edge academic education in literary studies for PhD researchers and RMA students
  • provide an intellectual and academic forum for the discussion of the state of the art of literary studies, including its rich traditions in the Netherlands and elsewhere; and
  • offer researchers and staff members a platform for the exchange of expertise and ideas and opportunities for building academic networks

OSL strives to be the intellectual and academic forum for the discussion, advancement and reflection of the state(s) of the art of literary studies in the Netherlands, including its rich traditions here and elsewhere. We encourage the study of literature, understood as language art in all its forms, in its historical and current manifestations and dynamics, from a variety of perspectives. The research of OSL members focuses on modern and contemporary literature. Focal points include:

  • Materiality and mediality of literature
  • Memory
  • Narrative, reading and cognition
  • Empirical and digital approaches
  • Globalization, post-colonialism and digital approaches
  • Eco-criticism and environmental humanities
  • Literature, knowledge and discourse
  • Sociological approaches
  • Literature and Law
  • Educational Innovation

The different perspectives converge in the engagement with literature as a specific object of study and form of knowledge that requires expert and detailed study and offers valuable insight into cultural, social and cognitive processes.


Executive team. The OSL executive team consists of Executive Director Prof. dr. Pablo Valdivia, Programme Director Dr. Alberto Godioli , Office Manager Chantal Olijerhoek and Social Media Manager Elyse Ling.

Board. The OSL Advisory Board is formed by representatives of all universities participating in the OSL and chaired by Dr. Brigitte Adriaensen. The members of the Board are:

  • Prof. Dr. Brigitte Adriaensen (Radboud University Nijmegen; Open University)
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Boletsi (Leiden University / University of Amsterdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Geert Buelens (Utrecht University)
  • Dr Eric Hoekstra (Fryske Akademy)
  • Prof. Dr. Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer (Tilburg University)
  • Dr. Annelies Schulte Nordholt (Leiden University)
  • Dr Kristine Steenbergh (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Dr Aagje Swinnen (Maastricht University)
  • Prof. Dr. Margriet van der Waal (University of Groningen/ University of Amsterdam)

OSL is represented at ten Dutch universities: the University of Groningen (RUG, currently chairing the network), University of Amsterdam (UvA), Utrecht University (UU), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN), Tilburg University (UvT), Maastricht University (UM), Fryske Akademy (FA), and Open Universiteit (OU).

Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands
e-mail: osl@rug.nl
tel. +31 50 363 57 10