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 from a reading practice that is mostly informed by marxist literary theory and queer theory. His work aims to detect and analyze dominant and emergent structures of feeling in the 21st C. Recurrent interests are  ideology, affect, political economy, and the Anthropocene. 

His PhD, Between Urge and Restraint (2016, Ghent University), is a study of corporality and affect in Dutch and Flemish 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, 2021; 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 De Reactor: https://www.dereactor.org/critici/hans_demeyer

He is currently reworking his PhD for a book publication and assembling past writings into a book that starts from Deleuze's remark that we've quite lost the world and that aims to gather practices to win the world. Of other loose writings one revolves around pedagogy and decolonization, another on exhaustion and desire for the normative. 

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." 

I'm currently the director of the MA Comparative Literature. Graduate teaching in the MA deals with 21C fiction and affect theory. Undergraduate teaching in the BA Comparative Literature with world literature and the Anthropocene. Courses on Dutch literature focus on the contemporary, post/de-coloniality and gender/masculinity.  


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