The house's honour (ghar ki 'izzat): a study of shame in north Indian children and women's periodical and didactic literature (1870s-1940s) Ghent University
A crucial step towards understanding and explaining better socio-cultural norms and historical practices and thus facilitating intercultural dialogue is the consideration of affects. Focusing on a critical moment of the history of India, which saw the ref
The construction of countries: the collections of phototextual "Portraits de pays" (1950-1980) KU Leuven
This project aims to study books illustrated by photography, involving writers, and devoted to the depiction of countries and cities. The research will focus on the 8 most important collections published between 1950 and 1980 in the French speaking world: “Escales du monde” (Les documents d’art), “Albums des guides bleus” (Hachette), “Que j’aime” (Sun), “Petite planète” (Le Seuil), "Le monde en images (Arthaud) and Switzerland by La Guilde du ...
Traveling words and images. A study of tourist fiction and non-fiction of contemporary Spain and Latin America KU Leuven
This project focuses on the impact of tourism on contemporary fiction and non-fiction in the Hispanic world. While both Spain and Latin America can boast a long tradition of travel writing, tourism’s more recent impact on their cultures has gone largely unnoticed. This is due to persisting prejudices concerning tourism as an inferior, more mass-consumerist practice than travelling, as well as to a predominantly sociological approach in ...
Evaluation of literature by professional and layperson critics: A digital and literary sociological analysis of evaluative talk of literature through the prism of literary prizes (2007-2017) Ghent University
Recently, the manager of a Dutch publishing consortium manager stated that literary quality should
be measured and predicted by means of algorithms and big data-based audience research, rather
than by experts. His claim drew ire and caused the exodus of many of established authors; at the
same time, the statement is indicative of a broader societal trend in which the knowledge of
professional 'pundits' is rivalled and ...
Cities of concrete: literature, film and urbanization in the Franco period (1939-1975). University of Antwerp
CATCH 2020: Computer-Assisted Transcription of Complex Handwriting. University of Antwerp
This research project will investigate the publication and mediation of the Irish short story in the influential Irish literary periodical The Bell between 1940 and 1954 so as to assess The Bell’s seminal role in the formation of a canon and normative meta-narrative about the short story in Ireland. Through a detailed study of both the actual stories and the views on the short story in The Bell within the larger literary, cultural and ...