CIMS welcomes three new PhD students


David Ongenaert holds a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences (graduated in 2015 with magna cum laude) and a master after master degree in Conflict and Development (graduated in 2016 with magna cum laude). After following several additional English and social science courses, David started in October 2017 as a FWO PhD fellow at Ghent University’s department of Communication Sciences. His research project investigates international refugee organizations’ public communication strategies towards refugee crises by exploring processes of production, content and audience reception. This project is deeply embedded in the academic fields of mediated humanitarianism, distant suffering and strategic non-profit communication.

Elke Mahieu acquired a Master's degree in Communication Sciences in 2016, specializing in Journalism Studies. For her thesis, she conducted a critical discourse analysis of the representation of the African continent in the Belgian alternative magazine MO*. Afterwards, she worked as an editor at the Belgian broadcasting company VRT and worked as an intern writing articles for the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. Since 2017 Mahieu is a PhD student, funded by the BOF, researching a project entitled ‘Out of the past. A multi-methodological research project on the role and representation of the colonial past in contemporary news coverage: Africa on Belgium and vice versa.’, supervised by prof. Dr. Stijn Joye. This project is deeply embedded in the academic fields of post-colonialism, memory journalism and the representation of Africa.

Reuben Martens holds a Master’s degree in Dutch and English Language and Literature (graduated in 2015 with magna cum laude, UGent), a Research Master’s degree in Literary Studies (graduated 2016 with magna cum laude, KU Leuven) and a Master’s in Comparative Modern Literature (graduated in 2017 with suma cum laude). Reuben started as a FWO PhD Fellow in October 2017, with a joint fellowship at Ghent University’s Department of Communication Sciences and the University of Leuven’s Department of Literary Studies. His research project wants to study the cultural representation of alternative energy resources in contemporary Anglophone cinema and literature. Studying the values, narratives, and aesthetics that underscore these alternative resources, this project will offer a valuable insight into newly developing ideas on energy in times of critical climate change and energy insecurity.