Machteld Castelein is Professor at the Faculty of Language and Literature at KU Leuven Campus Brussels. She holds a PhD in Language and Literature at KU Leuven and at UCL. As a specialist of the French poet Pierre Jean Jouve (1887-1976) she is specially interested in psychoanalysis and phenomenology of religion. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th-century French and Belgian literature, but she also teaches Francophone literature, mainly in Africa and in the Caribbean area.


Nicolas de Warren is Professor of Philosophy at the Husserl Archives - Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven. He has published on phenomenology, hermeneutics, 19th-century philosophy, aesthetics, political philosophy, and 20th-century French philosophy. He is the author of Husserl and the Promise of Time (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and is currently writing a book on the unforgivable.


Dennis Ioffe is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages and cultures, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University. He holds a PhD in Slavic Studies & Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam, 2009) and previously held teaching and research appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Haifa and Memorial University. He authored many articles and (co-)edited a number of academic collections on Eastern and Central European avant-gardes and modernism.


Martin Kohlrausch is Associate Professor for European History at KU Leuven. His research mainly deals with the rise of modern mass media and its influence on politics as well as the history of modernist architects as a new kind of experts – in particular in Central and Eastern Europe. Recently he published Building Europe on Expertise. Innovators, Organizers, Networkers (Palgrave 2014) with Helmuth Trischler.                  


Peter Kravanja is a research fellow at KU Leuven. He holds a PhD in Mathematical Engineering and Computer Science (KU Leuven), an MA in Cinema Studies (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) and a BA in Philosophy (KU Leuven). His research interests include analytic philosophy of art applied to cinema, questions concerning analysis, interpretation and form, as well as the relation between film and the other arts. Currently he is working on image schemas and conceptual metaphors. 


Susana S. Martins is an FCT-Portugal postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Art History, New University of Lisbon and at the Institute for Cultural Studies, KULeuven. She holds a PhD in  photography and cultural studies and she has been mainly focusing on the relationship between photography, travel books and national  identities. Currently, she is also working on the display of photography in universal exhibitions and on the exhibition of photographic material in the 20th century.



Andrea Oberhuber is Associate Professor at l’Université de Montréal. She specializes in French and Québec literature (19th–21st century), especially in women’s writing, historical avant-gardes, literature and photography. She is the author of Chanson(s) de femme(s) : Entwicklung und Typologie des weiblichen Chansons in Frankreich. 1968-1993 (Berlin, ESV, 1995). She has edited various special issues and books, including Claude Cahun: contexte, posture, filiation. Pour une esthétique de l’entre-deux (Montréal, Paragraphes, 2007). 


Virginie Pouzet-Duzer is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Pomona College. She teaches in the areas of late 19th and 20th-century French literature, art and culture. While currently working on literary impressionism and hyphologie, her research mainly deals with the relation between texts, images and aesthetics in the avant-gardes. 




Charlotte Pylyser holds a PhD from the KU Leuven Department of Literature, where she is a part of the Literature and Culture Research Group. She finished a dissertation on the Flemish graphic novel, which she investigated from the perspective of Foucauldian archaeology. She has published on paratextual and contextual aspects of the Flemish graphic novel as well as on the critical discourses that constitute the phenomenon and is preparing a project on illustrated editions of American non-fiction texts.


Ivanne Rialland holds a PhD in literature from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She currently teaches at the Institut Universitaire de  Technologie of Marne-la-Vallée. She specializes in 20th-century French literature and focuses on avant-garde narrative, especially on its links with popular  literature, and on 20th century art writing. She currently takes  particular interest in the influence of media on critical writing. She wrote L’Imaginaire de Georges Limbour (ELLUG, 2009), and edited several books including Écrire  la sculpture (xixe-xxe siècles) (Classiques Garnier, 2012).


Johan Vanhecke (Wilrijk, 1957) is chief archivist at the Letterenhuis, the central literary archive of Flanders in Antwerp. He is author of Het Antwerpen van Hubert Lampo (1993), De Flandriens van Hugo Verriest (1997), a study on the ballad of Heer Halewijn entitled Het hoofd werd op de tafel gezet (2000), In de ban van de hobbit. Leven en werk van Tolkien (2005) and Een literaire wandeling door Antwerpen Noord (2011). He wrote the biography of the Flemish magic-realistic writer Johan Daisne, for which he was awarded a PhD. He wrote several articles on Flemish literature and on J.R.R. Tolkien.