Jan Konst is a literary scholar specialised in Dutch literature. He works at the Freie Universität Berlin,
where he holds the Chair of Dutch Philology: Literary Studies. His academic publications discuss
early modern literature, Dutch-German literary relations and contemporary literature
in the Netherlands and Flanders.
Jan Konst grew up in Baarn and studied Dutch Language and Literature at Utrecht University. There he
obtained his doctorate in 1993 with a dissertation on the seventeenth-century Dutch theatre.
In October 2021 Na de revolutie. Kind van de jaren zeventig (Balans Publishers: After the Revolution.
Child of the 1970s) appeared: A personal cultural history of a decade in which everything revolved
around social change and individual development..
The focus in three previously published books is on Germany and recent German history:
Iedereen is op Weg naar de Brandenburger Tor | Everyone is heading to the Brandenburger Tor –
Dutch and Flemish Authors about Berlin, Alles Waan | A Delusionary World – Louis Ferron and the Third Reich,
and De Wintertuin | The Winter Garden – A German Family in the Long Twentieth Century.
Jan Konst teaches in three degree programmes: BA Niederländische Philologie, MA Niederlandistik
im Internationalen Kontext and MA Angewandte Literaturwissenschaft / Gegenwartsliteratur.
As a Dutch-literature specialist in Germany, he wants to be a cultural mediator at the same time.
Over the years, he has organised numerous literary events and regularly hosts
Dutch-speaking authors on German stages.
Jan Konst is a member of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde (MDNL – 1993),
an international member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW – 2019)
and corresponding member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW – 2001).
I attach importance to sharing my knowledge with others
and strive to serve a broad public.
I want to do a kind of applied humanities.
Interview witt Amely Schneider | Der Tagesspiegel | 22 April 2020