Since Friday, I’m in Paris for a writer’s residence organized by the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren. They give the opportunity to 18 young Flemish and Dutch (fiction and non-fiction) writers to spend two weeks in Paris and to write some texts inspired by the city. Throughout these two weeks, literary, cultural and political figures such as the Dutch author Adriaan van Dis and the Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz are invited for a meal, a talk and a discussion.
The participants and coordinators of the deBuren writer’s residence
This residence also feels a bit like coming home, as we are staying at the Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre (la maison des belges), where I resided during my research stay at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas last year. Moreover, I will again be spending quite some time in the Cinémathèque française, for archival research on the Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens.
From February until May 2015, I will be a visiting scholar at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (France). My host institution is CARISM (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media), where I received a warm welcome from prof. Katharina Niemeyer and prof. Frédéric Lambert.
The main objective of this research stay is the collection of data (mainly from the CNC and the Cinémathèque française) related to the development of Belgian-French film co-production practices and policy. I am grateful to the Research Foundation Flanders – FWO for granting me a Travel Grant for this research stay.
la Cinémathèque française (designed by Frank Gehry)
During my stay in Paris, I am accommodated at the Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre (aka la maison des belges), a home to academics and artists since the 1920s, situated in the inspiring environment of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris in the 14th arrondissement.
la maison des belges