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Evert van Emde Boas - New Associate Professor at the Department of History and Classical Studies

Evert van Emde Boas has accepted a position as Associate Professor from April 2020.

2020.04.16 | Camilla Dimke

I come to Aarhus from Oxford, where I have most recently been working as Leventis Research Fellow in Ancient Greek at Merton College. Before that I worked in various teaching and research posts at different Oxford colleges, as well as a number of universities in the Netherlands. I was trained in Amsterdam (BA/MA) and Oxford (MSt/DPhil).

My research focuses on the application of contemporary linguistic and cognitive methodology to Ancient Greek literature. My first book, Language and Character in Euripides’ Electra (OUP 2017), is a study of Euripides’ play through the lens of a variety of modern linguistic approaches, such as conversation analysis, sociolinguistics (on gender and politeness), and paroemiology. I was particularly interested in how Euripides uses language to portray his characters: this interest in literary characterization has resulted in various further research projects, such as the edited volume Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature (Brill 2018) and a book currently in preparation, tentatively entitled Characterization through Speech in Greek Literature: A Cognitive Approach.

My current book project, as its title suggests, is also informed heavily by cognitive approaches — a relatively new but rapidly growing area of research within classics. More generally, I am very interested in interdisciplinary work: in Oxford I was a member of a research group comprising researchers from the fields of Classics, English Literature and Psychology, working on the psychological processes involved in the experience of fiction and drama. I hope to continue such work at Aarhus University, and it is exciting to see that there is already an active network of scholars in Aarhus working along similar lines.

A final, more traditional area of interest to mention is Greek grammar. Together with three colleagues I wrote the Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (CUP 2019), a new large-scale reference grammar of the language which attempts to bring the description of the language in line with recent developments in linguistics.

I am very much looking forward to starting my teaching in Aarhus, and to meeting many new colleagues from across the School of Culture and Society and beyond.


Evert van Emde Boas
Institut for Kultur og Samfund
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5
bygning 1463, 325
8000 Aarhus C


Historie og Klassiske Studier, Klassiske studier