Who organises BASCE?
BASCE is a collaborative project. Here are few of the key players.
In addition to being the founder of BASCE, Dr. Isabel Hoving is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Film and Literary Studies of the University of Leiden. She teaches and publishes on ecocriticism, postcoloniality, globalization, gender, sexuality, and cultural analysis. Dr. Hoving is on the editorial board of Ecozon@, a journal of ecocriticism and the joint effort of the Group for Research on Ecocriticism in Spain (GIECO) and EASLCE. Dr. Hoving's study on Caribbean women’s writing was published by Stanford University Press (In Praise of New Travelers, 2001), and she has edited books on the influence of migrants on Dutch everyday culture (Veranderingen van het Alledaagse, 2005), the cultural interactions between Africa, Europe, and the Americas (Africa and Its Significant Others, 2003), the innovative aspects of Caribbean and/or postcolonial writing (Convergences and Interferences: Newness in Intercultural Practices, 2001), and the intertwining of gender, sexuality and race (Overcoming Boundaries: Comparing Ethnic/Gendered/Sexual Cultures, 2000). She is working on an edited book with Philomena Essed on Dutch racism, and has just completed a monograph on the intersections of the theories of ecocriticism, globalization, and postcoloniality. She is associate editor of the book series Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race, and . She is also an award-winning creative writer.
Kate Huber is the BASCE webmaster and an avid reader, writer, and environmentalist. When she decided to go to college at age twenty, she had just completed three years of travel and work on tall ships and was desperate to better understand what she had experienced of cultures in the Caribbean and other areas of the world. Chance and opportunity sent her from the Pacific Northwest of the United States to Leiden University. By the spring of 2008, she was deeply immersed in postcolonial and globalization studies and had developed a particular interest ecocriticism, focusing on power relations between people and their environments. After graduation, she began working for international companies as a communications writer and was intrigued to learn that many of the rhetorical devices she had analysed in college were readily applied in corporate marketing. This helped inspire her to keep up with current discussions in the field of ecocriticism. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Oregon in the United States.
Ben De Bruyn is a postdoctoral researcher of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO). He is a member of the KULeuven-based MDRN group and he has written on the history of literary theory (Walter Pater, Wolfgang Iser) as well as its contemporary afterlife (book history, cultural memory, new materialisms). Additionally, he has published on Robert Pogue Harrison's ecological approach to literature and, more recently, on deep time and 'geological posthumanism'. His first book, Wolfgang Iser. A Companion was published by Walter de Gruyter in 2012.
BASCE is a platform for anyone interested in ecocriticism in the Benelux. If you'd like to connect with other ecocritics in the area by posting information about your specific areas of expertise, please drop us a line!