K. Steenbergh


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I am a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. My research focuses on early modern literature and culture, the history of emotions, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. My teaching ranges from Shakespeare to Winterson, from first-year BA to PhD level.

I am a member of De Jonge Akademie (KNAW), The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.   

I co-founded the Environmental Humanities Center at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We aim to foster an exchange between a wide range of disciplines on the environment. We believe the environmental issues of the Anthropocene are complex, and therefore need an approach that accommodates and works with all kinds of different perspectives on this complexity -- from the humanities as well as the natural and social sciences.

I am also one of the directors of the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotions and Sensory Studies. Founded by cultural historians who analyze the cultural history of emotions, this center seeks to engage in cross-disciplinary explorations of the role of culture in the arousal, experience, and expression of emotions.

Ancillary activities

  • Editor of Cultural History (Edinburgh UP), the journal of the International Society for Cultural History
  • Founding member of the board of the Environmental Humanities Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Co-director of ACCESS, the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotions and Sensory Studies
  • Board member of the Dutch Research School for Literary Studies (OSL)
  • Member of De Jonge Akademie (The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)


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  • PE English
  • history of emotions
  • environmental humanities
  • early modern literature
  • ecocriticism
  • English literature
  • gender theory

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emotion Social Sciences
handwriting Social Sciences
sympathy Social Sciences
edition Social Sciences
theater Social Sciences
critic Social Sciences
vocabulary Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences

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Research Output 2002 2019

What Is the History of Emotions?

Steenbergh, K., 4 Feb 2019, In : Social History . 44, 1, p. 119-146 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademic

History of Emotions

Compost and sea change: Ecology and early modern literature

Steenbergh, K., 1 Apr 2018, In : Cultural History. 7, 1, p. 103-107 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Emotions as a kind of practice: Six case studies utilizing monique scheer's practice-based approach to emotions in history

Davison, K., Jalava, M., Morosini, G., Scheer, M., Steenbergh, K., Van Der Zande, I. & Zwicker, L. F., Oct 2018, In : Cultural History. 7, 2, p. 226-238 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

A Possible Source For Sir Thomas More’s ‘Mountainish Inhumanity’

Steenbergh, K., 25 Apr 2017, In : Notes and Queries.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Comparative Analysis

Activities 2007 2018

De Jonge Akademie, KNAW (External organisation)

K. Steenbergh (Member)
1 Apr 2017 → …

Activity: MembershipSocietal

Environmental Humanities Center

S.J. Kluiving (Participant), Kristine Steenbergh (Participant), K. Kwastek (Participant)

Activity: Other

Environmental Humanities Center (External organisation)

K. Steenbergh (Board member), S.J. Kluiving (Board member), K. Kwastek (Board member), P.J.E.M. van Dam (Board member)
4 Nov 2016 → …

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Shakespeare and European Communities of Emotion

K. Steenbergh (Organiser), Erin Sullivan (Organiser)
29 Jun 20152 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Press / Media

Environmental Humanities Center

K. Steenbergh, Sjoerd Kluiving & Theo Toebosch


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities