Wiljan van den Akker

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Wiljan van den Akker (1954) completed his studies in 1986 at Utrecht University with a dissertation on the Dutch poet Martinus Nijhoff. He was appointed as full professor of Modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University in 1987. He was the director of the Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC) from 1994 till 2003 and was the director of institutes at the Royal Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam from 2003-2006. In the meantime he chaired the Board of Humanities at NWO, the National Research Organisation and was a member of the Standing Committee for the Humanities at the ESF. Right now he is a distinguished professor for Modern Dutch Literature and the Dean of Humanities at Utrecht University. During his career he taught also in Berlin, Paris and Berkeley. His special field is modernist poetry in an international context.