Gertjan Willems is a film and media scholar. He is assistant professor at the University of Antwerp. He is affiliated to the Research Center for Visual Poetics (dept. of Literature) and the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (dept. of Communication Sciences). He is also a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) at the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies at Ghent University.
He has been guest lecturer or visiting scholar at Sichuan University, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Amsterdam, the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome, the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, and the University of York. Since 2016, he is the chair of the Film Studies section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).
His research interests are aimed at a critical analysis of film, television, radio, literature and other forms of media and culture. He has particular research expertise in Belgian and Dutch film history, film adaptations, and the relation between media and nation-building. He published one Dutch-language monograph on the history of film policy in Flanders and various articles in journals such as the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of Belgian History, Communications, Journal of Popular Film and Television and Literature/Film Quarterly.