(c) Henk Thomas
Ann Rigney (1957) is a Professor of Literary Theory and head of the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at the University of Utrecht. After studying French and English at University College Dublin, she was awarded her doctorate in literary theory from the University of Toronto for her thesis on the depiction of the French Revolution. Her research focuses on cultural and collective memories and the meaning of the past on the present. This year Rigney received the prestigious ERC grant of €2.5 million for research into civic demonstrations. As part of this research, Rigney and her team will examine the role of new and old media on the transfer of protest stories. Her research assumes that protest movements impact collective memory. Knowledge about these collective memories is necessary to fully understand protest movements.