Mieke Bal has been appointed honorary doctor 2020 by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Mieke Bal is professor of literary theory and cultural analysis at the University of Amsterdam. She has an indisputable world reputation as a cultural theorist and in the last few years she has also become a respected video artist and curator by combining literary and cultural history with pressing contemporary issues.
From the motivation: 'Mieke Bal’s initiated work with both researchers and students at Linnaeus University has been highly appreciated. Through a combination of thorough knowledge, theoretical brilliance, openness to new ideas, and, last but not least, a generous, humorous and humble approach she has become a much appreciated collaboration partner for both students and researchers.'
An American professor of organisational theory and a former chief commissioner of Kronoberg County Police Department are Linnaeus University’s other two honorary doctors for 2020.