Dr. Louis van den Hengel is Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature and Art and the Centre for Gender and Diversity at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He holds an MA in classics and Mediterranean archaeology (cum laude), and specialized in contemporary gender and diversity studies, with a focus on feminist theories of materiality, embodiment, and subjectivity. He received his PhD (cum laude) from the Institute for Gender Studies and the Faculty of Arts at the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2009. His publications include a book on Roman imperial sculpture and the embodiment of gender, which was awarded the Jan van Gelderprijs by the Association of Dutch Art Historians, as well as various articles about contemporary art and cultural theory. His current research examines the relations between affect, materiality, and time in contemporary performance art, and presently centres on the work of the Serbian and New York-based artist Marina Abramović.