Gertjan Willems


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Gertjan Willems is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) at the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies at Ghent University. He is also assistant professor at the University of Antwerp (departments of Literature and Communication Sciences), where he is affiliated to the research groups Research Center for Visual Poetics and Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center.

Willems has been guest lecturer or visiting scholar at Sichuan University, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Amsterdam, the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome, the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, and the University of York. Since 2016, he is chair of the Film Studies section of ECREA. His research interests are aimed at a critical analysis of film, television, literature and other forms of media and culture. He has particular research expertise in Belgian and Dutch cinema, and in the relation between media and nation-building. In 2016, Willems’ PhD thesis was selected for the Flemish PhD cup. In 2017, he published the book Subsidie, camera, actie! Filmbeleid in Vlaanderen (in Dutch). Since 2017, Willems also participates as a film expert in the television talkshow Cinema Canvas.

A full list of publications can be consulted here: Gertjan Willems


Research Tracks

Film & Cinema


Research CIMS

Lost in translation?

Made in Flanders.

The construction of a national cinema