Kevin Absillis (1980) completed his PhD in literature and linguistics in 2008 with a dissertation on the history of the famous Belgian literary publishing house A. Manteau. The commercial edition of this study, Vechten tegen de bierkaai. Over het uitgevershuis van Angèle Manteau, 1932-1970, appeared in 2010 and was awarded the triennial Pil Van Gastel-prize for History in 2013. He was a scientific consultant and researcher on the staff of the Flemish House of Literature and a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen) before being appointed part-time lecturer at the University of Antwerp in 2010. In 2013 he became a full-time tenure track lecturer at the same university, where he now teaches courses on modern and contemporary Dutch literature, nationalism studies, book history and literary studies.
Kevin Absillis specializes in Flemish literature (eg. Hendrik Conscience, Hugo Claus), Flemish and Dutch book history (19th-21st centuries), cultural nationalism in Flanders and language ideology. Over the last few years he co-edited the books Van Hugo Claus tot hoelahoep. Vlaanderen in beweging, 1950–1960 (Garant, 2007; Flemish cultural history: 1950s) De manke usurpator. Over Verkavelingsvlaams (Academia Press, 2012; language ideology), Literatuurwetenschap en uitgeverijonderzoek (Academia Press, 2012) and De plicht van de dichter. Hugo Claus en de politiek (De Bezige Bij-Antwerpen, 2013). He has contributed to academic journals as well as to newspapers and magazines.