About

I think, write and teach about film and media. I am Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University (department of Communication Sciences). I started this blog in February 2015 to disseminate the fruits of my academic ativities to a wider public than academic journals usually do.

gertjan willems

I studied Communication Sciences (BA and MA) at Ghent University and Film Studies and Visual Culture (MA) at the University of Antwerp, after which I was a PhD fellow of the FWO at Ghent University. I have been guest lecturer or visiting scholar at Sichuan University (China), Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome (Italy), Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (France), and the University of York (UK). Since 2016, I am chair of the Film Studies section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). I have teaching experience in a broad range of film and media studies, including film history and theory, film and television analysis and international communication.

As a researcher, I am based at the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS) at Ghent University. My research interests are aimed at a theoretical, historical and analytical approach to film, radio, television and other media. I have particular research expertise in the cinema of the Low Countries. My current postdoctoral research project continues my PhD thesis, which examined the relation between cinema, state and national identity in Flanders and was selected for the Flemish PhD cup. In 2017, I participated as a ‘film expert‘ in Cinema Canvas, a television talkshow by the Flemish public broadcaster VRT.

Click here for a full list of my publications.
Click here for my personal page on the CIMS website.
Click here for my Academia.edu profile.

Contact: gertjan.willems@ugent.be