Kris Rutten

I work as an associate 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 courses Anthropology and Culture & Education, the MA course Cultural Studies and the academic teacher training course Culture, Media and Education.

I was the president of the Rhetoric Society of Europe (RSE) between 2017 and 2023 and I am currently the vice-President of the Kenneth Burke Society. I am Board member of the International Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) and 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 and I am currently serving as an Associate Editor 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). I have currently a strong focus on setting up research collaboration with the Global South.

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