The research at the Faculty of Arts does not only create academic advantages, it also influences the society positively. The spin-offs Textgain and Textkernel are important examples.
Historical urban agriculture at the Stadscampus
For the research project Hofstad, researchers and history students cultivate vegetables like farmers did in the Middle Ages, the eighteenth century and in the period after World War II. Have a look at the demonstration plot, located between Building R and Building Paardenmarkt.
Textgain predicts new Eurosong winner
Spin-off Textgain's 'smart' software can analyse millions of social media messages. Textgain used this language technology to predict the Eurosong 2016 winner, based on their popularity on Twitter.
Antwerpen à la carte at the MAS
Ilja Van Damme (Centre for Urban History) took care of the scientific ground for the MAS exhibition 'Antwerpen à la carte', about food in the city starting from the sixteenth century. With Leen Beyers he wrote the accompanying book Antwerpen à la carte: On Cities and Food.
Opera with audio description for people with a visual impairment
People with a visual impairment can now enjoy the opera at Opera Vlaanderen even more thanks to the audio description, developed by Aline Remael (chairperson Department Applied Linguistics), PhD researcher Nina Reviers and students applied linguistics Victoria Hopchet and Shana De Winter.
Samuel Beckett's online library
The Centre for Manuscript Genetics digitised the Irish writer Samuel Beckett's private library. "We scanned all the reading tracks in the books from Beckett's private library in his appartment in Paris and then deciphered them and linked them to his manuscripts. This makes it possible to study how he has included other authors' works in his own writing," prof. dr. Dirk Van Hulle explains.
You can visit the Beckett Digital Library here.
The Flemish literature update
The research in Flemish literature never ceases; in 2016 new books were published by and about Hendrik Conscience, Gerard Walschap, Felix Timmermans, Louis Paul Boon, and the publishing house Meulenhoff|Manteau.
Language technology might reveal real author of the Dutch anthem
Mike Kestemont (CLiPS research centre) has put the University of Antwerp's language technology to the test in the search for the author of the Dutch national anthem. Kestemont acknowledges that it is improbable to ever find the ultimate evidence for the real author, but thanks to his research, we have never been closer to the truth.
Veerle Fraeters and Frank Willaert (Ruusbroecgenootschap) have brought Hadewich's songs from the 13th into the 21st century. Listen to the mystic's songs on the Ruusbroecgenootschap website.