I specialize in modern Spanish literary and cultural studies (from the eighteenth century to contemporary cultural production). I particularly focus on postcolonial studies, and the interrelationship between literature, nationalism, and political economy. Applying this framework, I wrote "The Spirit of Hispanism," a book examining the cultural and commercial relationships between Spain and Latin America between 1875 and 1936. The goal of this book was to analyze a Spanish movement, Hispanism that tried to create a neocolonial relationship between Spain and its former colonies that still influences contemporary transatlantic exchanges. Following my interest examining how literature and culture shaped Spanish colonialism, I am currently studying the representations of Spain’s African colonies in the cultural production of the nineteenth and twentieth century. I was also trained in gender theory and I have published several articles about women writers in nineteenth century Spain. In these works I have explored the impact of modernity practices in gender roles, the entrance of women writers in the literary market and the participation of women writers in a transnational, European literary scene.
TechniqueI can perform this expertise in English and Spanish. I currently have a B2 level in Dutch and I am working to attain a C1.
UsersMy expertise is useful to the academic community in the field of Hispanic studies, postcolonial studies and New Economic criticism. It is also useful to the student community in Flanders who want to study Spanish and get familiar with Spanish and Latin American culture and history.
Development of systems for natural language processing and computer vision / Digital humanities / Multimodal artificial intelligence/ Artificial intelligence in fashion
TechniqueMachine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence
UsersCultural heritage institutions
Machine learning, Deep learning
history of the book modern manuscripts genetic criticism Anglophone literary modernism James Joyce
Usersscholars and students of literature
Literary criticism, Literary history, Literary modernism
Development of systems for natural language processing / Computer models for language acquisition and language processing / Text analytics / Computational stylometry / Corpus acquisition, annotation and exploitation
Technique- Computational modeling, simulation - Data Mining and Machine Learning - Computational tools for text analytics
Users- Users of Knowledge Management: smart search, question answering, multi-document summarization, domain modelling, ontology population and merging, terminology extraction and management, text categorization, filtering, and routing. - Forensic linguistics: authorship attribution, plagiarism detection. - Semantic web: automatic metadata assignment, semantic analysis. - Serious gaming: adding language competence to agents. - E-government: knowledge management, information presentation, readability control of government texts. - Healthcare: communication aids, readability control of patient information. - Cultural Heritage: analysis of and information access to digitized cultural heritage collections, combination of text and audio mining.
Digital humanities, Computational linguistics, Language technology, Artificial intelligence (ai), Text mining, Natural language processing, Computational psycholinguistics, Cognitive sciences
De Maeseneer Rita
Latin America Caribbean literature and culture Latino writers Food Studies Popular Culture
UsersCultural agents people interested in literature Media Literary festivals Students Conferences
Caribbean literature, Latin american literature, Food research, Cultural studies, Spanish-american literature and culture
1. Modern literatures in English (emphasis: American 20th-century literature). 2. Modernist poetry: Wallace Stevens. 3. LGBTIQ studies and queer theory, more particularly in the realm of interdisciplinary cultural studies (esp. contemporary literature in English and recent history) and with regard to the interactions between academic and activist work. 4. Multidisciplinary urban studies (as a member of the Urban Studies Institute) with emphasis on New York City and literary urban studies. 5. Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (as chair), with special attention to multidisciplinary research in music. 6. Literature and philosophy; literature and architecture; literature and music. For more details: see my personal webpage at UAntwerp.
TechniqueI practice qualitative research, which is limited largely to reading and writing.
UsersJournalists with an interest in one of the designated topics; cultural and arts centers; LGBTIQ activists.
Literary history, Cultural diversity, Literary theory, Social emancipation, Literary criticism, Literary influence, Literary modernism, Literature-english
My expertise grows out of the fields of Modern German Literature (PhD 2008, Trier) and Germanic Media Studies and Cultural Studies (habilitation 2019, Duisburg-Essen). I am particularly interested in German-language culture and literature from the 18th century to the present, with a focus on the 20th century and the present. I concentrate on three fields: First, I work on the systematization and sustainable establishment of web literary studies, which is especially interested in the follows of digitization and communication in social media for literature, for literary communication and for the work and publication practices of literary studies itself. As a subdiscipline of digital humanities and of digital literary studies, web literary studies analyzes, among other things, digital literature and web literature, new forms of digital publishing (in literature and in the open humanities), digital literacy, digital memory culture, and new models of author’s rights. Second, I develop studies of subversion, based on the broad model of political writing that I built in my book „Literatur und Subversion“. I apply this model to contemporary (German-language) literature, to avant-garde and experimental literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, and meanwhile also to subversive films, music, and web artists. Third, I work on comparative studies of multilingual literature in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and on the reflection of (urban) spaces in literature, especially of Brussels and the Ruhr Area.
TechniqueOn the one hand, I work qualitatively with established literary, cultural and media theories, analyzing literary and popular texts, films and drama. Here hermeneutical and narratological as well as discourse analytical methods count as well as cultural theories of Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, imagology and theories of (urban) spaces. These different approaches merge into the complex model of "Studies of Subversion" that I use to analyze political literature and art. On the other hand, I am interested in the (quantitative) methods of the Digital Humanities and in the analytical approaches of Digital Literary Studies and of Web Literary Studies to analyze digital literature and literary communication in digital and social media.
UsersIn the academic field, my expertise is of relevance to humanities scholars, and here in particular to scholars from literary, cultural, media, library, and book studies, and to digital humanists. But interdisciplinary collaborations with disciplines from other faculties can also grow out of my research. This is especially interesting for colleagues who deal with questions of creativity, cultural developments, the arts and digitalization, such as e.g. pedagogy, law or sociology. Socially, different groups can gain knowledge thanks to my expertise on German-language and digital culture and literature. This certainly applies to the media, to politics, to cultural institutions such as theaters, libraries or author associations, as well as schools.
Nations and nationalism, Literary criticism, German philology, Germany, German language + literature, Subversion, German politics and culture, Web literature, Digital society, Digital literacy, Literary theory
Postcolonial literatures, African, African-American, and Caribbean Literatures, Jewish literature, anthropology and travel writing, trauma studies, Francophonie
TechniqueTranslate into French, English
UsersLiterary festivals (such as: Passaporta, Etonnants Voyageurs, Littératures insulaires à Saint-Malo), congressen, symposia, researchers, students
Postcolonialism, French language, Puerto rican literature, Anthropology, Children's literature, Naipaul v.s., Frontier workers, American literature, Caribbean literature, Jewish literature, African literature, Contemporary french literature outside of france, Jewish diaspora and literature
Narrative theory deals with the construction of stories, and also with the various ways in which stories/narratives function in society.
UsersCultural organizations at large, and journalism.
Narrative theory, United states, Narratology, American studies, English literature, Narratives, American literature, Literary theory
Research on children's literature, contemporary Britsh literature and age in literature Courses on children's literature, Britsh women writers, age in literature, and the history of literature in English
TechniqueDigital humanities Narrative analysis and close reading Empirical research (reader response)
UsersJournalists, students, reseachers, teachers, librarians
Children's literature, Feminist literature, Fairy tales, Ageing, Literature, English literature
Machine learning, stylometry, distant reading, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, text classification, digital humanities, network analysis, deep learning, neural networks, sequence analysis, text generation, authorship attribution, computer vision, image analysis
Stylometry, Digital humanities, Machine learning
Manuscript study and genetic literary study Finnegans Wake notebooks.
James joyce, Electronic editing, Bible, Religion, Manuscripts, Literature
Focusing on Jewish Studies in the broadest sense of the concept and approaching this research era from a multitude of perspectives and methodologies.
UsersThe experience, know how and knowledge of the Institute of Jewish Studies can be sollicited by a heterogeneous and broad audience concerning cultural background, education, age, geography including academics, researchers, professionals in the field of Jewish Studies; individuals, students, institutions from Belgium and abroad.
Jewish culture, Holocaust, Jiddish, German literature, Jewish studies, Jewish literature, Hebrew, German-jewish literature
Philosophy, philosophical psychology, philosophy of the cognitive sciences
UsersPhilosophers, psychologists, cognitive scientists, behavioral and brain scientists
Philosophy of the cognitive sciences, Enactivism, Philosophy, Philosophical psychology
Ortuño Casanova María del Rocío
I work on literary and cultural relations between the Philippines and Spanish speaking countries, especially between 1850 and 1950. In this sense, I have created a database that contains literature and newspapers published in Spanish in the Philippines, and books about the Philippines published in Spanish elsewhere (https://filiteratura.uantwerpen.be/). I am interested in the role of the printing press in Spanish in relation to nation-building in the Philippines. For that reason, I work also on a project on the digitization of Philippine historical newspapers and training on Digital Humanities in the Philippines to research those newspapers with digital tools https://hosting.uantwerpen.be/philperiodicals/. I have two articles accepted on the state of digitization and the opportunities raised in the Philippines, and several other works on Philippine literature in Spanish and contacts between Spain, Latin America and Philippine intellectuals. In this sense, I have organized a symposium on Philippine Literature in Spanish, and Prof. Dr. Axel Gasquet (Université Clermont-Auvergne, France) and I are working on the edition of two monographic books on this topic. At the moment, I am trying to work with digital-related methodologies to describe Philippine Literature in Spanish and trace intertextualities from Latin American writers. I also co-direct with Prof. Dr. Diana Arbaiza a DocPro Project on Spanish Francoist literature on the Philippines and Equatorial Guinea. We have actually given together a MA course on this topic.
TechniqueDecolonial and postcolonial studies Filipino studies Text-mining Database construction Spanish language Hispanic studies
UsersPeople interested in literature in Spanish Publishers People interested in press studies Journalists specialized on Philippine issues Agencies and NGOs
Colonial history, Spanish literature, Literature and nationalism, Postcolonial literature, Philippine literature, Press, Philippines, Poetry
Technique- Close reading
Users- Cultural organisations - Research centre on modern French culture and literature
Ideology, Autobiography, Yourcenar, Mimetic studies, Death in literature, Enlightenment
Language change. Broad expertise on, mostly, English (all periods, both at the aggregate level and that of individual mental grammars), but also (selectively) Dutch, German, French, and language change generally. Quantitative and qualitative corpus methods, including scripting (Perl), concordancing software, statistics (R), best practices.
TechniqueLanguage change is researched by processing and analyzing actual language use: compilation of balanced/representative corpora, retrieval of data by means of regular expressions or parsing, analysis of retrieved data along various functional/semantic and formal parameters (both manual and automated), development of customized research to answer specific theoretical challenges.
UsersLinguists, members of the Digital Humanities community, historians, literary scholars.
Cognition, Philology, Corpus linguistics, Grammaticalisation, English language, Historical linguistics, Cognitive grammar
Literary Theory. French and Francophone Literature all periods. Racine, Chateaubriand, Balzac, Proust, Simon. Literature and Media.
TechniqueAnalysis of literary texts. Stilistics, rhetorical analysis, Hermeneutics. How do literary texts create meaning?
UsersAll people interested in Literature, more precisely French and Francophone Literature.
Art education, Theoretical study, French language
Emma-Louise Silva is a postdoctoral researcher aboard the ERC-project ‘Constructing Age for Young Readers’, led by Vanessa Joosen. Within the project she focuses on age studies, cognitive narratology, genetic criticism and philosophy of mind in children’s literature. She combines this role with a lecturing position at the University of Antwerp, where she teaches the ‘Joyce Seminar’, and where she assists with the courses ‘Introduction to the Study of Literature in English’, ‘Nineteenth-century Literature in English’, and ‘Twentieth-century Literature in English’. She provides guest lectures for the courses ‘Writers at Work’ and ‘Teaching Literature in English’. As a member of the Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Emma-Louise defended her doctoral dissertation on James Joyce in 2019, aiming to reassess the so-called ‘inward turn’ of Joyce’s modernist fiction by applying approaches formulated in philosophy of mind to Joyce’s oeuvre, within a framework that leans on cognitive narratology and genetic criticism. Her PhD was part of the Top Bof project ‘Literature and the Extended Mind: A Reassessment of Modernism’, led by Dirk Van Hulle. She has also worked as a digital editor for Peter Petré’s ERC-project ‘Mind-Bending Grammars’, and as a postdoctoral coordinator of the Pillar 1 Science and Technology Roadmap under the supervision of Mike Kestemont for Time Machine Europe.
TechniqueText Encoding (TEI)
UsersScholars and students of literature
Cognitive narratology, James joyce, Philosophy of mind, Genetic criticism
Van Hulle Dirk
modern manuscripts Samuel Beckett genetic criticism textual scholarship James Joyce
TechniqueExtensible Markup Language, Text Encoding (TEI)
Usersscholars and students of literature
Genetic criticism, James joyce (centre), Literature-english, Editorial theory, Irish literature
- Genetic criticism - Radio drama - (Late) Modernism - British postwar fiction - Intermediality
Technique- Audio Narratology
UsersStudents, researchers, cultural institutions
Radio drama, Audionarratology, British literature