Matthias De Groof is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the University of Antwerp. He has held visiting fellow appointments at the New York University (Tisch School of the Arts) as a Fulbright and BAEF scholar; the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies with the KONE-Foundation; the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence of the Bayreuth University in Germany; and the Waseda University in Tokyo with the CANON-Foundation.
He has Master’s degrees in Philosophy (HIW - KU Leuven), International Relations (UC Louvain), Cinema Studies (UAntwerp) and African Studies (Uganda Martyrs University). After his PhD in Cinema Studies on African cinema, he worked on postcolonial film theory as a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).
At the University of Antwerp, he taught the courses ‘World Cinema,’ ‘Aesthetics,’ and ‘Curating & Exhibiting’.
His scholarly work has been published by Third Text, Cambridge Scholars, Columbia University Press, Visual Anthropology, Francofonia, Imaginations, Journal of African Cinema, Image [&] Narrative, Artl@s Bulletin, Ethische Perspectieven, Black Camera, L'Harmattan, Sternberg Press and Wallflower Press.
His edited book on Lumumba in the Arts is published by Leuven University Press. He is regularly invited to talk in non-academic contexts, to curate film programs and to write for MO* Magazine, Rekto:Verso, l’Art Même, Aktief, Filmmagie and Décadrages. His own award-winning films have been presented at venues like the IFFR, Media City, Cannes Pan-African Film Festival, and FIFA.