Kris Rutten

I work as tenure track professor at the Department of Educational Studies of Ghent University where I lead the research group Culture & Education.

My fields of expertise are:

  • The rhetorical and narrative turn in education
  • The rhetoric of cultural literacy
  • The ethnographic turn in the Arts 
  • Critical and Cultural Pedagogy 

I am lecturer-in-charge for the BA course Culture & Education and the MA course Cultural Studies. 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.

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 was a visiting scholar at:

  • the Department of Education of the University of Bath (January, 2009).
  • the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education of the University of British Columbia (November-December, 2010).
  • the School of Education/ Laboratory for Educational Theory of the University of Stirling (January-February, 2012).
  • the Institute of Education and Society of the University of Luxemburg (January-February, 2014).

For international VLIR and VVOB projects on capacity building I have been conducting workshops on Qualitative Research Methods in Mozambique, South Africa and Ecuador.

Curriculum Vitae:
Full list of publications:



Head of the Research group. Main focus: (new) rhetoric, qualitative research.

M. Makebaplein 1, B-9000 Ghent

T +32 (0)9 264 6253 (direct)

F +32 (0)9 264 8688