ALBA Thesis Award 2017
11 Jul 2017
Jesse van Amelsvoort, 2016 graduate, was awarded the ALBA thesis prize during the IP Gala Dinner in Krakow
Every year, the thesis that best reflects the interdisciplinary character of the Euroculture program is distinguished with the Annual Liesbeth Brouwer Award – or ALBA Thesis Award. The award was established to honor the memory of Liesbeth Brouwer, a lecturer whose contribution to developing the Euroculture program is truly invaluable.
This year’s €500 prize went to Jesse van Amelsvoort, who in his thesis explored the intricate connections between the private and the political in citizenship while analyzing three contemporary Gothic novels. He made an argument for “re-conceptualizing citizenship as a process rather than a status” in what the jury called “a well-structured theoretical discussion, highly original and eclectic in approach, a stimulating conceptual interlinkage between disciplines and themes”.
Jesse joined the program in 2014 in Göttingen, then moving to Groningen for what would turn out to be the rest of his Euroculture career. While still a student, Jesse contributed to the creation of the Euroculture Massive Open Online Course. After graduation, he worked as a tutor for the departments of Minorities and Multilingualism and International Relations. in the University of Groningen.
Recently Jesse was granted a PhD scholarship to study on the Campus Fryslân of Groningen University, his project provisionally entitled “Minorities, Migration, Mediation”.