Clusters: contributors

Tom Chadwick is a writer and researcher. He is a PhD student at the University of Leuven and an editor at Hotel magazine. His fiction has been published by Bomb magazine and he was shortlisted for the 2017 White Review short story prize.

Michiel De Cleene is a photographer. The recurring theme in his work is an investigation into the functioning of documentary photography with a focus on the processes of limitation, conditioning and authentication. Following the series Barriers – European Neighbouring (graduation project), KLD, Perifeer Landschap and -SCOPE, he is now working on the long-term project Reference Guide as a researcher at KASK/School of Arts, Gent.

Dorothee Ostmeier is Head of the Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon, serving also as Faculty of Folklore and Public Culture, Participating Faculty of Comparative Literature, and Women and Gender Studies. Her current research is entitled “Portals – Shape Shifters – Singularity Events in Romanticism to Postmodern Digital Culture.” In researching and teaching fantasy and the uncanny she tackles the borders between reality and fiction, utopia and anti-utopia and the psychological and social risks of crossing such borders. She has published on fantasy texts by a.o. the Grimms, ETA Hoffmann, Michael Ende, Cornelia Funke, Rafik Schami, and Christian Kracht. Her books are entitled Gender, Sex, Liebe in poetischen Dialogen des frühen zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts and Sprache des Dramas – Drama der Sprache. Nelly Sachs' dramatische Szenen.

Stephen Rodgers is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Musicianship at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His other research, on text-music relations, nineteenth-century song, and musical form, has appeared in Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, Music Theory Online, Music Theory and Analysis, Current Musicology, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Journal of Musicological Research, Indiana Theory Review, and Theoria. He is also a tenor, and has performed several lecture-recitals on the songs of nineteenth-century composers.

Chi Wang is a composer and performer who creates music and intermedia art that involves computer-human interaction. Her current research and compositional interests include sound design and data-driven instrumental musical performance. Wang’s compositions have been performed internationally, including presentations at International Computer Music Conferences, the Musicacoustica Festival in Beijing, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States national conferences, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Kyma International Sound Symposiums, etc. Wang is currently a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Oregon teaching Digital Audio and Sound Design.

Jeffrey Stolet is a professor of music and director of the Intermedia Music Technology at the University of Oregon. Stolet’s work has been presented around the world and is available on the Newport Classic, IMG Media, Cambria, SEAMUS and ICMA labels. Presentations of Stolet’s work include major electroacoustic and new media festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference, the MusicAcoustica Festival in Beijing, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, etc. In addition, Stolet's work has been presented in such diverse venues as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan, and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.

Gilbert Merlio ist emeritierter Professor der Germanistik (Ideengeschichte) an der Sorbonne in Paris. Neben zahlreichen Aufsätzen über Kulturkritik, Spengler, die Konservative Revolution, den Nationalsozialismus sowie die Geschichte der Intellektuellen in Frankreich und Deutschland veröffentlichte er u.a. die Werke Linke und rechte Kulturkritik (2005), Spengler – Ein Denker der Zeitenwende (2009) und Spengler ohne Ende. Ein Rezeptionsphänomen im internationalen Kontext (2014).

Eva Wiegmann ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für deutsche Sprache, Literatur und für Interkulturalität an der Universität Luxemburg und arbeitet an ihrer Habilitation über das ästhetische Innovationspotential diachroner Interkulturalitätskonstellationen. Promotion an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf; anschließend FNR- und Marie-Curie-Actions-Stipendiatin an der Universität Luxemburg (Projekt: Fremdheitskonstruktionen in der Kulturkritik um 1900).

David Engels ist seit 2008 Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für römische Geschichte an der Université libre de Bruxelles und seit 2012 Direktor und Chefredakteur der altertumswissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift "Latomus". Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind römische Religion, hellenistischer Orient, Geschichtsphilosophie, Rezeptionsgeschichte. Zu seinen Buchpublikationen gehören u.a. La crise de l'Union européenne et la chute de la République romaine (2013), La Destruction dans l'histoire (2013), Religion and Competition in Antiquity (2014), Von Platon bis Fukuyama (2015), Eine Geschichte der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens, Bd. 1 (2016).

Hannelore Roth ist Literaturwissenschaftlerin an der KU Leuven (Fonds für Wissenschaftliche Forschung – Flandern). In ihrem Dissertationsprojekt erforscht sie das preußische Phantasma in der deutschen Literatur des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts.

Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz. He is the Associate Editor of Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Thought and the author of Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (2013), The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium (2014), Phenomena-Critique-Logos: The Project of Critical Phenomenology (2014), Pyropolitics: When the World Is Ablaze (2015), and Dust (2016).

Ben De Bruyn is associate professor of comparative literature at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is the author of Wolfgang Iser. A Companion (De Gruyter, 2012) and co-editor of Literature Now. Key Terms and Methods for Literary History (Edinburgh UP, 2016). A member of the Benelux Association for the Study of Culture and the Environment (BASCE), he has also published on various environmental themes in journals like English Studies, Oxford Literary Review and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.

Nadia Sels (1981) is lecturer of cultural history at the Faculty of Design Sciences of Antwerp University and lecturer of art history at PXL-MAD, School of Arts in Hasselt, where she is also a member of the research group FRAME. She obtained her PhD at Ghent University, where as a guest professor she teaches Classical Mythology and Greek Literature. She publishes on art, literature and mythology.

Griet Moors graduated as a civil engineer-architect at the University of Leuven (2002), before obtaining her Master of Fine Arts (Painting) at the PXL-MAD in Hasselt (2014). Currently she is working on a PhD in the Arts and a member of the FRAME research group (PXL-MAD & Hasselt University).

Holly Brown is currently reading for a PhD in literature at Ghent University, prior to this she completed her MA in Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her current project explores the recurring trope of the ill male subject in contemporary American fiction, tying these literary representations of physical fragmentation to contemporary biopolitical contexts and effects.

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A sentence of sixty five letters describing the life and works of Elvis Bonier.

Thomas Bellinck (Recklinghausen, 1983) is a Brussels-based artist whose explorations into the realm of the “paradocumentary” range from theatre plays to film and installations. Flirting with alternative historiography, infused with humor, relying heavily on techniques of verbal and material quotation, his work often addresses different types and expressions of systemic violence. In 2015 he created Memento Park, a verbatim play tackling the commemoration of the Great War and the links between remembrance, politics, tourism and big business. Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo, his futuristic historical museum about life in the former European Union, was recently presented in Athens and is set to open in Wiesbaden later this Summer. Thomas is currently also working on Simple as ABC #2, a musical theatre piece on the logistics of social sorting. thomasbellinck.com

David Clarke is Senior Lecturer in German at University of Bath. bath.ac.uk

Oliver Kohns lehrt Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft an der Universität Luxemburg. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Literatur- und Medientheorie, die Literatur des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts sowie die Genealogie der Autorität. Weitere Informationen: uni.lu

Anke Gilleir is professor of German literature and gender studies at the University of Leuven (Belgium). In her research she addresses women writers, literature and identity, aesthetics and politics.

Tom Lambeens maakt en spreekt over beelden. Als postdoctoraal onderzoeker is hij verbonden aan onderzoeksgroep FRAME en geeft hij les aan PXL-MAD. In 2013 verdedigde hij zijn doctoraat (UHasselt) waarin het concept ‘beeldende zwaartekracht’ centraal stond. Het ‘omzichtbare’ en het denkbeeldige zijn de onderzoeksthema's die hem momenteel bezighouden.

Hannelore Van Dijck studied Fine arts at Sint Lucas in Ghent. She implemented in-situ projects in many institutions. Examples include Sea at Croxhapox (Ghent), Le Plat Pays at Voorkamer (Lier), Only the wind’s home at Drawing Centre (Diepenheim), Wenn sich der Nebel hebt at Galerie Zink (Berlin), Vor uns liegt ein weites Tal at L40 (Berlin), Bozar (Brussels), Kunsthaus NRW (Kornelimünster).

Charlotte Vanhoubroeck graduated as a Master of Arts in Art History at Ghent University (2013), where she specialized in fashion history. She subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Illustration) at LUCA – School of Arts, Ghent (2016), where she explored the woodcut and its graphical and narrative depths. Currently she is integrating her master’s research in another graduation project conducted at the Academy of Sint-Niklaas, where she is in her fourth year of Jewellery Design & Gold- and Silversmithing.

Idesbald Goddeeris is slavist en historicus. Hij doceert vakken rond koloniale geschiedenis, geschiedenis van Polen en geschiedenis van India, en is ook programmadirecteur van de opleiding Geschiedenis. Zijn onderzoek richt zich vooral op de relatie van onze samenleving met andere culturen en politieke regimes. Hij doet dat onder meer aan de hand van de geschiedenis van migratie, Europese identiteiten, transnationale sociale bewegingen, Oost-West en Noord-Zuid contacten, communistische inlichtingendiensten tijdens de Koude Oorlog, ontwikkelingssamenwerking, en postkoloniale herinnering. Hij was visiting fellow aan de London School of Economics (2009) en aan de University of Pennsylvania (2014) en doceerde de voorbije jaren onder meer ook aan de universiteiten van Delhi, Mumbai, Kinshasa, Krakow, Irkoetsk en Kolkata. Hij is ook senior member van het Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, waar hij de Leuven India Focus coördineert, en zetelt in het Expertpanel ‘Geschiedenis en Archeologie’ bij het Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO-Vlaanderen).

Bambi Ceuppens studeerde Afrikaanse Talen en Geschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Gent en Culturele en Sociale Antropologie aan de KU Leuven vooraleer een PhD in Social Anthropology te behalen aan de University of St Andrews in Schotland. Ze was docente aan de universiteiten van Edinburgh, Manchester en St Andrews en postdoctoraal onderzoekster aan de UGent en de KU Leuven. Sinds 2007 werkt ze in het Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika. Ze is er senior researcher, beheert de collectie Congolese schilderijen en is wetenschappelijk commissaris (menswetenschappen) van de nieuwe permanente tentoonstelling. Ze cureerde de tentoonstellingen Indépendance! (2010) en Congo Art Works: Pouplar Painting (2016-2017). Ze verricht onder meer onderzoek naar autochtonie, de Congolese diaspora in België, het Congo-Belgische koloniale verleden, Congolese populaire cultuur en museumrepresentaties van Afrika en mensen van Afrikaanse origine.

Anne Reijniers (Belgium, 1992) graduated in 2014 in the Master of Audio-Visual Arts from LUCA – School of Arts Brussels. Her fiction film Looking at Marie was shown at amongst others EMAF (DE), OFFoff (BE) and Cinematek (BE). In an extra master at KASK Ghent in 2014-2016 she focused on documentary film. Starting from April 2015 she worked on the film Échangeur with Rob Jacobs (researcher at the University of Antwerp) in collaboration with art centre ‘Het Bos’ in Antwerp and the art festival ‘Kinact’ in Kinshasa, DRC.

Rob Jacobs (Belgium, 1989) gained his master’s degree in Film Studies and Visual Culture in 2013. Today, he works as a researcher, connected to the Visual & Digital Cultures Research Center of the University of Antwerp. In his PhD project he experiments with visual methods to study contested urban spaces. His main interest lies in contestations of official representations of colonialism in Belgian cities. In 2015 he collaborated with ‘Het Bos’ and 11 bachelor-students in a study of the life of ‘Place du Trône’, a square in Brussels that houses a statue of king Leopold II. In 2016 he co-organized the colloquium ‘The Iconography of Lumumba and the Work of Raoul Peck’ at Antwerp University, where he presented his work on the debate over naming a Brussels’ square after Patrice Lumumba.

Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at the University of Sydney. He teaches and carries out research in modern European and colonial history, including the history of France since the Revolution, the history of the French and British overseas empires, the history of ‘sites of memory’ and the history of gender and sexuality. The French government has decorated Aldrich with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of ‘services to French culture’. Book publications include Crowns and Colonies: European Monarchs and Overseas Empires (Manchester University Press, 2016), Cultural Encounters and Homoeroticism in Sri Lanka: Sex and Serendipity (Routledge, 2014), The Routledge History of Western Empires (Routledge, 2013), Monuments et mémoires: Les traces colonials dans le paysage français (Société Française d’Histoire d’Outre-Mer, 2011), Vestiges of the Colonial Empire in France: Monuments, Museums and Colonial Memories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Filip Van Dingenen is a multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of the Ecole Mondiale in Brussels. He is currently PHD researcher at LUCA – School of Arts in Ghent/Brussels and affiliated researcher at the Laboratory of Education and Society at KU Leuven. In his process-based art practice he uses a broad range of different methods and outputs merging participatory strategies with a social and ecological relevance, in between leisure and education. The last years he worked extensively on zoological issues and observed the phenomena of zoo culture from different angles. With the Argentinian choreographer/dancer Barbara Pereyra he co-founded Fantaman Productions & Matelisto Contemporary Movements, a platform for developing projects in between performance and visual arts. He has written numerous articles for journals and magazines and has authored several artist books. His works and performances are presented at a.o. the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren (2013), Onomatopee Foundation, Eindhoven (2011), Galerie für Landschaftkunst, Hamburg (2011), Galway artcentre (2010), and Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro (2009).

Arne De Winde is lecturer and researcher at PXL-MAD – School of Arts (Hasselt) und LUCA – School of Arts (Ghent). From 2004 until 2016 he worked as a research fellow of the Funds for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO – Vlaanderen) at the Departement of Literary Studies (German Literature) of the University of Leuven. He has published on contemporary German literature (Reinhard Jirgl, Thomas Meinecke, Silke Scheuermann etc.), word & image interaction, the unbearable as aesthetic category, protest and performativity, the imagination of sports, 20th-century photography (and more particularly John G. Zimmerman), (the contemporary reception of) discourses of the Conservative Revolution, and more specifically Oswald Spengler. He is member of the editorial board of cultural magazine rekto:verso and co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of COLLATERAL.

Lieven Van Speybroeck is one half of Oliver Ibsen, Evelin Brosi, Elvis Bonier and Silvio Ebner, respectively a graphic designer, writer, visual artist, publisher and many in between and beyond.

Ode de Kort is a visual artist, who lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2015 she obtained a Master in Photography at KASK – School of Arts (Ghent). Her work proceeds from the constant search for the boundaries of the photography medium. She interfaces photographic images and fragile sculptures to explore the spatial potential of photography. This is reinforced by the meticulous, site-specific integration of her work into an exhibition space. She had numerous solo and group exhibitions in a.o. Pistoia (Spazio1 Gallery), Brussels (Hopstreet Gallery), Antwerp (Tique Art Space, Extra City Kunsthal), Ghent, Zürich, and Bielefeld.

Chokri Ben Chikha is an international performer/artistic director/researcher. He obtained a Master in History at Ghent University and accomplished additional trainings as theatre-maker, actor, dancer and choreographer. He has taught at several institutions: LUCA – School of Arts Ghent, RITS Brussel, Toneelacademie Maastricht, Universiteit Antwerpen. Since 2007 he is lecturer and researcher in arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ghent (KASK). Between 2003-2008 he was artistic director, theater-maker and performer for the international performance group Union Suspecte. He interrupted his theatre activities in order to focus on a PhD in the Arts at KASK/UGent, entitled “What is the critical value to use stereotypes as signs in theatre? The ‘human zoo’ as a (re)search tool”. This research project made the link between colonial history and the post-colonial present by using the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the world exhibition in Ghent (1913). The research project gave rise to the foundation of the international performance company Action Zoo Humain (AZH) and the multidisciplinary performance The Truth Commission (2013).

Action Zoo Humain is the performance group of theatre-maker/performer/researcher Chokri Ben Chikha, theatre-maker/actor Zouzou Ben Chikha, visual artist/archeologist Sarah Eyckerman, business manager Hanne Boelaert & historian/photographer Carmen Van Praet. Along with this artistic and commercial core, the artistic team consists of Walid Ben Chikha (musician), Marijke Pinoy (theatre-maker, actress), Mourade Zeguendi (actor), Sarah Eisa (theatre-maker, actress) and Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar (theatre-maker, actress). Action Zoo Humain examines in how far theatre can directly affect reality without losing sight of its poetic potential and sense of self-criticism. The company uses the historical concept of the ‘zoo humain’ (human zoo) as an instrument of (re)search to raise questions about ethnic, religious, nationalistic and economic conflict zones. Action Zoo Humain strives to expose power structures, bring inter-cultural issues into the open and activate the public. The company in this respect seeks to use contemporary formats to represent the (complex) cross-cultural social reality. Action Zoo Humain starts from the local, metropolitan super-diversity and encourages and develops international collaborations with both independent artists and organizations.

Collisions: correspondents

Hannelore Roth ist Literaturwissenschaftlerin an der KU Leuven (Fonds für Wissenschaftliche Forschung – Flandern). In ihrem Dissertationsprojekt erforscht sie das preußische Phantasma in der deutschen Literatur des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts.