Kitty Zijlmans is an art historian and lecturer who is interested in contemporary art and art theory, with a focus on methodologies of interculturalization in visual arts and artistic research. Since 2000, she has been Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory/World Art Studies at Leiden University. Since 2010, she has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently she chairs the jury of the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art. Previously, she was director of LUCAS (Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society). She was co-curator of Global Imaginations, Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden and De Meelfabriek, Leiden, 2015 and contributed to The Unwanted Land, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, 2010–2011. Publications include: Contemporary Culture: New Directions in Art and Humanities Research (co-edited with Judith Thissen and Rob Zwijnenberg, 2013); World Art Studies: Exploring Concepts and Approaches (co-edited with Wilfried van Damme, 2008); and The Return of the Shreds (in collaboration with Ni Haifeng, 2008). Zijlmans lives and works in Leiden.