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Research


Funded research projects conducted or coordinated by CMSI members, listed by termination date in reverse chronological order.

Climate Impiety: Beyond Post-Apocalyptic Climate Change Fiction

  • 01.10.2017 – 30.09.2021
  • Researcher: Mahlu Mertens
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Imagining Climate Change: Fiction, Memory, and the Anthropocene

  • 01.10.2016 – 30.09.2020
  • Director: Stef Craps
  • Researcher: River Ramuglia
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Expanding the Notion of Trauma Narration: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Post-Narrative Modes of Trauma Recovery in Transcultural Trauma Psychology and Theatre Studies

  • 01.10.2015 – 30.09.2019
  • Researcher: Sofie de Smet
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Across Generations and Genres: The Legacy of the Holocaust in Dutch-Jewish Literature

  • 01.10.2015 – 30.09.2019; terminated 30.09.2017
  • Researcher: Lisa Vanlancker
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Unfolding Amnesia: An Interdisciplinary Research into Artistic Practices and the Politics of Oblivion

  • 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2019
  • Researcher: Jelena Juresa
  • Funding agency: Onderzoeksfonds Hogeschool Gent

Historicizing Post-9/11 American Literature and Criticism through Biopolitics and a Genealogy of Statelessness

  • 01.01.2015 – 31.12.2018
  • Researcher: Holly Brown
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Language Prohibitions as Traumatic Experience in Scandinavian Literature and Film

  • 01.11.2014 – 31.10.2018
  • Director: Sophie Wennerscheid
  • Researcher: Rozemarijn Vervoort
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Postcolonial Mnemopoetics: Reading Transcultural Memory in the Poetry of Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Bernardine Evaristo, Sherman Alexie, and Ingrid de Kok

  • 01.09.2013 – 31.08.2018
  • Researcher: Maria Zirra
  • Funding agency: Stockholm University, Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Truth-Telling: Violence, Memory and Human Rights in Latin America. A multidisciplinary Approach

  • 01.10.2016 – 30.09.2017
  • Researcher: Lucero de Vivanco
  • Funding agency: CONICYT, Programa de Cooperación Internacional
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Conjuring Phantoms: A Comparative Study of Trauma in Comics

  • 01.10.2014 – 30.09.2017
  • Researcher: Maaheen Ahmed
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Intersections of Cultural Memory and Human Rights: The Case of Dave Eggers

  • 01.02.2012 – 30.09.2016
  • Directors: Stef Craps, Pieter Vermeulen
  • Researchers: Sean Bex, Katrien Bollen
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Masks, Puppets and Performative Objects as Tools of Critique, Resistance and Agency in South Africa: Developing a Situational, Embodied, and Postdramatic Approach  for Dealing with the Cultural Trauma of Apartheid

  • 01.10.2012 – 30.09.2015
  • Directors: Christel Stalpaert, Berber Bevernage, Stef Craps, Annelies Verdoolaege, Marie Kruger, Jane Taylor
  • Researchers: Sofie de Smet, Marieke Breyne
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen) – National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)

Playing with Trauma: Affect, Perpetration, and Therapy In Video Games

  • 17.01.2011 – 16.01.2015
  • Director: Stef Craps
  • Researcher: Toby Smethurst
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Conjuguer la Shoah au présent. Représentation et incarnation de la mémoire du génocide juif dans la littérature contemporaine

  • 01.10.2012 – 30.09.2014
  • Researcher: Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand
  • Funding agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Intersecting Memories: The Representation of the Holocaust and State Violence in (Post-)Yugoslav Literature

  • 01.10.2011 – 30.09.2014
  • Researcher: Stijn Vervaet
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

The Afterlife of Trauma, Melancholia, and Loss in the Contemporary Anglophone Novel

  • 01.10.2010 – 30.09.2013 (ended on 31.12.2011)
  • Researcher: Pieter Vermeulen
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Writing “9/12”: The After-Existence of September 11 in Literature

  • 01.01.2009 – 31.12.2012
  • Researcher: Sien Uytterschout
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Holocaust Remembrance in Transcultural Literature

  • 01.10.2009 – 30.09.2012
  • Researcher: Stef Craps
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

The Renovation of the Historical Novel after 1975

  • 01.10.2008 – 30.09.2012
  • Researcher: Steven Stroobants
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Images of the Apocalypse in Contemporary Hispano-American Narrative Prose, with Special Attention for the Cono Sur Area

  • 01.01.2007 – 31.12.2010
  • Directors: Ilse Logie, Geneviève Fabry (UCL)
  • Researcher: Annelies Oeyen
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Postmemory and Postmodern: Traumatic History and the Poetics of Absence in Recent Jewish American Novels

  • 01.10.2007 – 30.09.2010
  • Researcher: Philippe Codde
  • Funding agency: Ghent University Research Council (BOF)

Rethinking Cultural Memory in Theatre: Postdramatic Theatre and Performance as Technologies of Memory

  • 01.10.2006 – 30.09.2010
  • Researcher: Frederik Le Roy
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Fictions de la Grande Guerre

  • 01.01.2006 – 31.12.2009
  • Director: Pierre Schoentjes
  • Researcher: Griet Theeten
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Trauma, Testimony, and Community in Postcolonial Literature in English (J. M. Coetzee, Caryl Phillips, Eavan Boland)

  • 01.10.2006 – 30.09.2009
  • Researcher: Stef Craps
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)

Whither Trauma Theory? Debating the Future of Literary Research on the Memory of Catastrophe

  • 01.02.2009 – 30.06.2009
  • Researchers: Gert Buelens, Stef Craps, Ortwin de Graef (K.U.Leuven), Sam Durrant (Leeds), Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway), Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck), Michael Rothberg (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Description: research cluster, i.e., a collaborative research project on the topic of new directions in trauma studies, with special emphasis of the extension of trauma theory in the direction of postcolonialism
  • Funding agency: Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts (VLAC)

Walking the Border / Lost in the Borderlands: The Discursive Construction of Diasporic Identities in Contemporary Jewish American Literature

  • 01.01.2004 – 31.12.2007
  • Directors: Kristiaan Versluys, Gert Buelens
  • Researchers: Bart Lievens, Sien Uytterschout, Leen Maes
  • Description: A study of recent Jewish-American literature in the light of new theories on hybridity and identity formation
  • Funding agency: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)