Emy Koopman MA

PhD Candidate / Lecturer

Biographical Note

Between December 2011 and April 2016, Emy Koopman (1985, Groningen) worked on her NWO-funded PhD-project Reading Suffering. An empirical inquiry into empathic and reflective responses to literary narratives. She did this in the Department of Media & Communication, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Susanne Janssen (EUR), Dr. Els Andringa (UU), and Dr. Frank Hakemulder (UU).

Emy has studied at Utrecht University and holds a Research Master’s degree in Literary Studies (2010, cum laude) and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (2011). From March until November 2011, Emy worked as an intern at mental health institution PsyQ.

Emy's ambition has always been to combine the fields of psychology and literature, which has resulted in a specific interest in narratives about trauma, as well as in the comfort and insight that literary reading can provide. She has presented several papers on these topics at international conferences and has published in, a.o., Poetics and the Journal of Literary Theory.

Apart from her academic activities, Emy is a contributing editor at hard//hoofd and an investigative journalist at Investico. She has also written a literary novel, Orewoet, which is published by Prometheus in September 2016.