Ben Dhooge is a research professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures (Slavic section).
His research focuses on early twentieth-century (Modernist) Russian literature, both Soviet and émigré. Central in his research are experiments with language, discourse on language and cultural identity. Or more specifically: poetics, literary criticism, émigré culture, civic poetry, Andrei Platonov, Skit Poetov, Veshch’-Gegenstand-Objet, Vladimir Nabokov, ...
He is involved in the international research group ‘International Platonov Seminar’, studying Platonov’s poetics.
Since April 2014 he is a member of the Jonge Academie (Young Academy). Since January 2016 he is a member of Ghent University's Russia Platform and its steering group, and Ghent University's knowledge center on Russia, Cerise.
Ben Dhooge obtained his PhD in 2007 at Ghent University. Since then he has been affiliated with The Institute of World Literature (IMLI) in Moscow, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at University of Southern California, the Slavic Section of the Department of Languages and Cultures at Ghent University and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley.
Ben Dhooge coordinates the webclass 'Russian Cultural History: Russia between East and West'.
Ben Dhooge supervises BA papers and MA theses on Russian and South Slavic literature and cultural history, with a preference for topics such as Modernism, cultural identity and (post-Soviet) cultural policy.