Medieval Literature; Early Modern Literature; Renaissance culture; Book history; Theatre history
Katell Lavéant obtained her PhD in 2007 at the University of Amsterdam with a study on theatre culture in the late Middle Ages. She has a permanent position at Utrecht University since 2008 and has been promoted Associate Professor of French language and culture in 2015. She has published a monograph in 2011 and three edited volumes since 2008, and over 30 articles as sole author or first co-author, most of them in peer-reviewed journals and volumes. She has received a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2015, to form her own team on late medieval festive culture. Since 2008, she has been a core-member of several projects funded by the NWO in the Netherlands and by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK (Queen Mary University). She also received a Hubert Curien – Van Gogh in 2016 and 2017 for a collaboration with a French team from the University of Grenoble-Alpes. In 2018, she was awarded the Huygens-Descartes Prize for her research and her contribution to Franco-Dutch relations: with this prize, she will set up a new collaboration with a team at the University of Rennes II in 2019.
Katell Lavéant specialises in the late medieval and early modern literary culture in France and in the Low Countries. She studies how social groups interacted thanks to drama and joyful festivities (such as Carnival) in the public space, and she analyses the literary products of such interactions. Her research is interdisciplinary and crosses several fields: literary studies, history, book history, numismatic, art history.