Welkom – Välkommen

Welcome to the website of Petra Broomans

This website provides information about my research projects, publications and teaching modules as well as my other activities (editorial boards, committees, etc). Information about forthcoming conferences, workshops and other news items will be provided on this site too. 

Photos: Petra Broomans (somewhere in Scandinavia)

Moomin drawing: Ester Sjölin

Short introduction

I studied Scandinavian Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen and, after a one-year stay at the University of Uppsala, made possible by a grant from the Swedish Institute, I graduated in 1982. From 1982 until 1988, I worked as a translator and journalist. From 1985-1992 I had several part-time positions at the Department of Scandinavian Languages and Cultures. In 1992 I was awarded a grant by NWO, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, for my PhD research, which I defended in 1999. My thesis was published in revised form in 2001 by Carlssons in Stockholm under the title: Detta är jag. Stina Aronsons litteraturhistoriska öde.  In 1997 I was awarded a prize by the Swedish Authors’ Fund, inter alia for my activities in the field of promoting Swedish literature in the Netherlands. From 2000-2003 I was also guest professor at the Department of Scandinavian and Northern European Studies, University of Ghent. In October 2011 I was again appointed visiting professor to Ghent Univeristy.

Since 2004 I have been coordinator of the ‘Scandinavian Literature in Europe around 1900: the Influence of Language Politics, Gender and Aesthetics’ project (2004-2010) of the research programme ‘Autonomy and the “new” Independence in the Arts’ of the Groningen Research School for the Study of the Humanities (GRSSH). I have initiated several internationalization projects, such as the internationalization project ‘Peripheral autonomy? Longitudinal analyses of cultural transfer in the literary fields of small language communities’ (2006-2010) with the universities of Ghent and Uppsala and a VNC-project together with the University of Ghent (2008-2011). These projects resulted in a new research project: Studies on Cultural Transfer and Transmission (SOCTAT, see www.soctat.org).

Within the framework of the internet forum Soctat (www.soctat.org) I started together with Jeanette den Toonder a new research group 'Beyond Horizons in Cultural Transfer Studies' in 2013. The research group is part of the Research Centre for Arts in Society. Past and Present. 

I have been teaching various modules: Scandinavian literature and culture, literary history, language learning (Swedish), history and translation. I have developed e-learning modules and I was one of the developers of the Lingua2 module Swedish via internet. I participated in the Faculty’s TVO project (Language Proficiency Education), which aims to improve language learning by using tools like e-learning platforms (Blackboard) and other training programmes (e.g. Intuit).

Want to read more? See 'News'.
For an update and overview of the courses I am teaching, see: Courses


My coordinates:
Petra Broomans, PhD, associate professor
Department of Scandinavian Languages and Cultures/Since 2013 Department of European Languages and Cultures
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 716
NL-9700 AS  The Netherlands
Phone: + 31 (0)50 3637275/5850
Fax: + 31 (0)50 3635821
E-mail: p.broomans@rug.nl

Office location: Room 289, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26

I am also on Twitter: 

Petra Broomans @PetraBroomans