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Ellen BEYAERT (Ghent)

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The PhD project of Ellen Beyaert at Ghent University examines the rhetoric of empathy in Flemish novels of social criticism (1848-1980). The research is embedded in the field of cognitive literary studies (studies of Theory of Mind by scholars such as Lisa Zunshine), with a focus narrative empathy (Suzanne Keen, Patrick Colm Hogan, Fritz Brauthaupt, and so on). Additionally, the project explores how the use of empathy evolves in time (between 1848 and 1980), by using the methodology of cognitive historicism.

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Siebe BLUIJS (Ghent)

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Siebe Bluijs is a PhD researcher at the department of Dutch literature at Ghent University (Belgium). The general aim of his FWO-funded research is to analyse the form and functioning of the postwar literary radio play in the Low Countries, focusing on innovations in narrative composition. The project particularly investigates how audio drama develops new methods (specific to this medium) of deploying semiotic systems for narrative meaning-making.

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Olivier COUDER (Brussels & Ghent)

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The PhD project of Olivier Couder (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University) focuses on absurdist humour in American absurdist novels. By combining cognitive humour theory with recent cognitive literary theory, specifically schema-theory, the project seeks to provide insight into the mechanisms of absurdist humour and how it influences the experience and interpretation of absurdist literature.

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Lieselot DE TAEYE (Brussels)

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Lieselot De Taeye’s research is focused on Dutch literature of the 1960s and 1970s. Several literary works that were published during those years could be considered as expressions of an experimental documentary tendency. Her case studies include reportages, interview collections, factual montages and hybrid documentary texts. She looks into how different textual strategies contribute to a factual rhetoric in these works and how factual and fictional signals interfere.

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Elke DEPRETER (Brussels)

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Keywords: Flemish experimental poetry, metaphors, surrealism, Dadaism. Elke Depreter (°1989) is a PhD Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) at the ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel’ (VUB) in Belgium. She is preparing a doctorate on the aftereffects of surrealism and Dada in the work of Flemish experimental poets from the 1950s to the 1970s. Since October 2012 she is a member of the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings of the VUB (CLIC). She is also associated with the UGent-VUB Study Centre for Experimental Literature (SEL).

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Valentina DUMINUCO (Liège)

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Valentina Duminuco’s PhD focuses on Belgian photonovels. Mostly popular in postwar pre-television Europe, this form of visual narrative exemplifies the iconic turn in the transformation of writing and reading. Her research analyses the relationship between texts and images in “popular” photonovels as well as in more recent artistic and experimental ones, taking into account the European cultural context. Additionally, she works with the KBR and the KUL in a digitization project of photonovels.

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Desiree HEBENSTREIT (Vienna)

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Desiree Hebenstreit’s research focus lies on Austrian Literature of the 20th century with a special interest on Austrian postwar literature, politics, exile and collective memory. She finished her PhD in 2015 with a thesis on the Austrian journal Plan (1945-1948). She is currently working on Andreas Okopenko and the Austrian neo-avant-garde in the early 1950s.

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Arno HERBERTH (Vienna)

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His research interest focuses on German and Austrian Literature of the 20th/21st century with a specialization in Austrian Neo-Avantgarde-Writing. He also contributes to the evolving field of Digital Humanities and Digital Editions of modernist texts.

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Nele JANSSENS (Ghent)

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Nele Janssens analyses the functions of lyricality in Dutch and Flemish texts of fiction (1950 and 1975). Lyricality will be conceptualized as a mode that comprises lyrical traits which can be realised in various ways, in texts from diverse genres. She examines the interaction between these traits and conventional features of fiction (narration, focalisation, chapters, etc.). Accordingly, she determines the changes that lyrical fiction implements, as well as the way in which established mechanisms are continued.

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Klaus KASTBERGER (Vienna)

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Klaus Kastberger is Professor of German Literature at KF University of Graz, Franz Nabl Institute/ Literaturhaus Graz. His research focuses on avant-garde literature (especially: Austrian neo-avant-garde, f.e. Marianne Fritz, Friederike Mayröcker, Konrad Bayer; archives and the avant-garde; Grazer Group and Vienna Group), edition philology (theoretical aspects, critique génétique), historic-critical editions (Ödön von Horváth) and literary criticism (theory and practice).

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Ella MINGAZOVA (Liège)

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Ella Mingazova is a PhD researcher at the department of English and American literature at Liège University, Belgium. The topic of her research is slowness in the contemporary novel, particularly in works influenced by Samuel Beckett and the Nouveau Roman. Narrative strategies of slowness and their effects are studied with the help of classical and postclassical narratology. Her broader interests include scale and duration in contemporary fiction and the significance of slowness in contemporary culture.

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Evelien NEVEN (Leuven)

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Evelien Neven is preparing a PhD on the nature and function of literary lists in modernDutch fiction. In this project the list is studied as both a central techniqueto organize knowledge and as an important technique of description in thenovel. The main focus of the research lies on the functional and pragmaticaspects of multifarious lists throughout literary history.

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Georg OBERHUMER (Vienna)

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My research is focused on Austrian post-waravant-garde (Vienna Group, etc.) and its continuation in experimentalliterature (and arts) of the 1970-90s, applying and questioning methods drawnfrom both new formalism and genetic criticism.

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Zsófia SZATMÁRI (Paris)

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My research focuses on contemporary French, North-American and Hungarian poetry from the 1980s in their relation to film. I analyse how the evocation of film, as motion pictures and pictures in motion, and filmic techniques can broaden the poetic expression in printed and multimedia works.

Laura TEZAREK (Vienna)

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Her main research interests include 20th century Austrian literature, especially neo-avant-garde literature, “experimental” prose and poetry. Her current research focuses on Andreas Okopenko, the early Austrian neo-avant-garde network and digital scholarly editions.

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Stéphane VANDERHAEGHE (Paris)

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My research focuses on contemporary experimental American fiction and explores thevarious ways in which the contemporary novel challenges its readability byimplementing diverse narrative strategies that resist linearity andconventional plot development. I’m also particularly interested in the wayselectronic literature feeds back on print fiction and narratives.

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Karen VAN HOVE (Leuven)

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Karen Van Hove’s research project focusses on the interactions of literature and pornography in the Dutch field in the 1960s and 1970s. The research combines a narratological approach with a contextual perspective. One of the central authors in the project is experimental writer, C.C. Krijgelmans.

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Alyssa VERHEES (Brussels)

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Alyssa Verhees studied Linguistics and Literary Studies (Dutch, Spanish and German) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her PhD research combines theories about intermediality and word/image studies with thing theory and focusses on the artwork as thing and as representation in prose texts by Huub Beurskens and Stefan Hertmans.

Evelien VERSCHUEREN (Ghent)

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EvelienVerschueren participates in a research project about the literary radio play inthe Low Countries at Ghent University. By doing archival research on thoseradio plays she maps out contextual issues such as production, consumption anddistribution. Further, she focuses on Dutch experimental literatureand narratology. Since she studied music theory at School of ArtsGhent, she also has a keen interest in audionarratology and crossover relationsbetween music, sound and literature. 

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Vera VIEHÖVER (Liège)

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Vera Viehöver is Associate Professor in German Literature at Liège University. She studied German Literature, Romance Literature and Philosophy at the Universities of Aachen, Brussels and Düsseldorf. She was a Research Assistant in German Literature (1997-2003) and in Media and Cultural Studies (2004-2006) at the University of Düsseldorf and is currently Associate Professor in German Literature in the Department of Modern Literatures and Languages at Liège University. Her main research interests include contemporary German poetry, Enlightenment Studies, particularly Literary Sentimentalism, autobiographical writing (with a focus on autobiographical writings of musicians) as well as auditory aspects of literature.

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Christian ZOLLES (Vienna)

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My research is focused on poetic politics as well as the relation between literature and historiography. Applied to the topics of the ENAG-Community, modes of surrealism and institutionalism are to be scrutinized, in particular within the Austrian avant-garde after 1945.

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