Nan Gerdes
  • Universitetsvej 1, 42.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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My educational background is in comparative literature, but doctoral and postdoctoral studies in the early modern and pre-modern era have given emphasis to French Studies in my research activities. My horizon however remains geographically and temporally broad in scope. Thematically, my fields of interests are the intersections between literature, politics, philosophy, the making of selfhood, and community.

My current postdoc is within the research project Another Humanism: Gendering Early Modern Libertinism and the Boundaries of Subjectivity, which is headquartered at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. The project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

By giving new attention to early modern female freethinking in France across literary genres, Another Humanism revises a conventional humanistic historical narrative of subjectivity as founded on the challenged idea of human sovereignty. 

The project arises from the hypothesis that the marginalized forms of subjectivities that early modern female authors gave expression to, have the potential to positively redefine the understanding of humanism after the post-anthropocentric turn.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • Gender studies, Ethnicity, Equal rights
  • Literature, Art, Music, Aestheticism
  • History, Society

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