Kris Rutten

I work as a tenure track professor at the Department of Educational Studies of Ghent University where I lead the research group Culture & Education. I studied Art History and Comparative Cultural Studies and obtained a PhD in Educational Sciences with a dissertation on the rhetorical and narrative turn in education.

My fields of expertise are:

  • The rhetorical curriculum
  • The rhetoric of cultural literacy
  • The ethnographic turn in the Arts 
  • The pedagogical role of cultural institutions

I am lecturer-in-charge for the BA course Culture and education, the MA course Cultural Studies and the academic teacher training course Culture, Media and Education.

I am the president of the Rhetoric Society of Europe (RSE) and Board member of the International Association for Cultural Studies (ACS). I am also the president of the Flemish Reading Foundation (Iedereen Leest). I received the KBS Emerging Scholar Award at the 9th triennial conference of the Kenneth Burke Society (St. Louis, July 2014). I am also a member of the editorial board of the academic journal Critical Arts

I was a visiting scholar at the universities of Bath (UK), Stirling (UK), British Columbia (Ca) and Luxembourg (Lux). For international VLIR and VVOB projects on capacity building I have been conducting workshops on Qualitative Research Methods in Mozambique, South Africa and Ecuador.

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