Lesley Penné is a pedagogical and scientific assistant of German in the department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the VUB. She studied French, Spanish and German Language and Literature at the VUB and spent a semester abroad as an Erasmus student in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2006-2007. She obtained the Jeanne Lonnoy incentive prize for literature (VUB) in 2010 for her Master’s thesis in German literary studies on space and border crossings in the novel Leyla by Feridun Zaimoglu. In May 2018, she defended her PhD thesis about images of ‘Heimat’ and remembrance culture in the contemporary historical novels by the East Belgian writers Hannes Anderer, Freddy Derwahl and Leo Wintgens. Her research interests are related to space, borders, cultural memory, European German-language minor literatures and identity.