Dr Hans Demeyer

Dr Hans Demeyer



Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2016

Research summary

Hans Demeyer works on twentieth and twenty-first century literature and is particularly interested in ideology, affect, political economy, the Anthropocene, black studies and global literature. His work starts from the struggle to understand the present and to find the tools to make it more free and equal.

His PhD, Between Urge and Restraint (2016, Ghent University), is a study of corporality and affect in Dutch fiction of the 1960s. He has edited volumes on neo-avant-garde authors Willy Roggeman, De ruimte van Roggeman (2013; with Carl de Strycker and Sven Vitse), and Jacq Vogelaar, Woekeringen en weigeringen (2018; with Sven Vitse). 

With Sven Vitse, he wrote Affectieve crisis, literair herstel: de romans van de millennial-generatie (Amsterdam University Press, 2020; Affective Crisis, Reparative Literature: the Novels of the Millennials), a study of twenty-first century fiction by millennial writers: an analysis of dominant themes, motives and forms in relation to the ideological, social and media context of the 21st century, and more specifically to an affective crisis in today’s late capitalist society. 

He is an editor of the Belgian literary journal nY for which he has composed issues on poetics of crisis and exit, the work of Lauren Berlant, and the socioeconomic production of depression. He regularly writes reviews, many of which appear on the platform De Reactor: https://www.dereactor.org/critici/hans_demeyer

With Keith Wagner, he is co-editing a volume on 'Against Deglobalization', which considers the enduring cultural formation of global literature and global cinema. It aims to counter the notion that there is a diminishing interdependence and integration between nation-states in a creative context. Another project starts from Deleuze's remark that we've quite lost the world and desires to end with techniques to win the world.  

Teaching summary

Marx: "On the one hand a change of social circumstances was required to establish a proper system of education, on the other hand a proper system of education was required to bring about a change of social circumstances; we must therefore commence where we were." 


Universiteit Gent
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2016
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Other higher degree, Master | 2010
Universiteit Gent
Other higher degree, Master | 2009