Ton Naaijkens is a Professor of German Literature and Translation Studies at the University of Utrecht. As such he coordinates the research master Literary Translation. Besides, he is the director of the Centre of Expertise for Literary Translation.
Within his teaching and research, he focuses on translation and translation history and more generally on the cultural transfer between the Dutch and German-speaking areas, particularly where intercultural exchange culminates in translation.
Poetry and poetry translation have his special interest. He focuses in particular on the work of twentieth-century and contemporary authors . Naaijkens is also a translator, among others of the collected works of Paul Celan.
Furthermore, Naaijkens is one of the editors of the journal of translation and translation studies Filter and of the literary magazine Terras. He is also co-editor of the series Approaches to Translation Studies (Brill Publishers).