GUST Doctoral Colloquium


The Ghent Urban Studies Team (GUST) is proud to present its first Doctoral Colloquium: 



The GUST Doctoral Colloquium provides a forum for graduate students whose research is connected to the GUST hallmark: the study of the contemporary city from an interdisciplinary point of view. The colloquium is a joint initiative of Ghent University's English Department and its Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, and is funded by GUST, the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law, and the Doctoral School of Engineering. The colloquium is open to the public.

The selected speakers are asked to present their doctoral research in one of two ways. In the first scenario, the student gives a fifteen minute presentation of his or her work on the basis of an article, which is distributed beforehand. This presentation will be followed by feedback from the GUST members and from a non-GUST referee chosen by the student. The second scenario, designed for doctoral students in an earlier stage of their research, allows for a presentation and feedback without the prior distribution of an article. The presentation languages are English, Dutch and French.

Registration and fees

Admission to the colloquium is free, but registration is required by e-mail to  before May 8, 2009. Registration includes lunch and two coffee breaks.


  • Katrien Bollen (GUST doctoral researcher). "Guerilla Warriors on the Brooklyn Bridge. A Case-Study of The Unbearables' Poetic Terrorism (1994-2001)". 

          Referee: Professor Nathalie Cochoy (Université de Toulouse).  

  • Birgit Cleppe (doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University). "Protheses for a Disabled City. Implementing an Artificial Hydrology in the Urban Fabric of Ghent".

          Referee: Prof. Dr. Ir. Paul Meurs (Faculteit der Bouwkunde, TU Delft)

  • Peter De Voecht (doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, English Department). "The Hotel of the Self. Building Martin in Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler".  

          Referee: Nathalie Cochoy (Université de Toulouse)

  • Annelies Oeyen (doctoral researcher at the Department of Romance Languages, Ghent University).

          Referee: Claudio Canaparo (University of Exeter)

  • David Peleman (research assistant Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University). 

          Referee: Assistant Professor Dr. Michiel Dehaene (TU Eindhoven - Department of Architecture, Building & Planning; KULeuven -          Departement Architectuur, Stedenbouw & Ruimtelijke Ordening)

  • Wouter Van Acker (doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University). "Paul Otlet and the Mapping of the World Society".

          Referee: Professor Luc Pauwels (Universiteit Antwerpen)