Lianne van Kralingen, M. A.


Doctoral Researcher

Lianne van Kralingen studied English Language and Culture at Leiden University (The Netherlands) and Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) with a particular focus on postcolonial literature. Since 2015 she has been a PhD candidate in the joint-award programme at Goethe Universität (Frankfurt) and Monash University (Melbourne). Her research investigates the role of corporate power in postcolonial literary and cultural production.



Research Interests

  • Anglophone Literary, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Contemporary Literature and Globalisation
  • Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Current research project

"Corporate Ingression - A New Approach to Contemporary Anglophone Postcolonial Literature"

Supervisors: Prof. Susan Kossew and Prof. Frank Schulze-Engler

Selected publications

  • Van Kralingen, Lianne. “Justice and the Company: Economic Imperatives in the Journal of Jan van Riebeeck (1652-1662).” Postcolonial Justice. Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein, Nicole Waller, Dirk Wiemann (Eds). Leiden: Brill, 2017. Print.

Selected presentations

  • Conference presentation: “Material Coloniality in the East: Corporate Colonialism in David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010)”, ASNEL/GASt International Conference ‘The Postcolonial and the Material’, Augsburg, May 2016.

  • Workshop Presentation: “The Re-Imagined Community: Recurring Corporate Colonialism and District 9”, DAAD Project North-South Literary and Cultural Interactions, Berlin, September 2014.

  • Conference Presentation: “Justice and the Company: Economic Imperatives in the Journal of Jan van Riebeeck (1652-1662).” ASNEL/GASt International Conference ‘Postcolonial Justice’, Potsdam, May 2014.

Professional Memberships


  • Co-funded Monash Graduate Scholarship (2015-2018)
  • Monash Faculty of Arts International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2015-2018)