Birgit Van Puymbroeck is assistant professor in literature in English and research methodology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University. She has held visiting fellowships at Yale University, Queen Mary University of London and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Birgit has published on various aspects of nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone literature and culture, with an emphasis on modernism, transnationalism, and media. She has contributed to international peer-reviewed journals including PMLA; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Modern Language Review; English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920; Modernist Cultures; Victorian Periodicals Review; Neophilologus; Brontë Studies; Journal of European Periodical Studies; and Tijdschrift voor tijdschriftstudies, as well as to books published by Bloomsbury, Palgrave Macmillan and Academia Press. She is the author of Modernist Literature and European Identity (Routledge, 2020) and is currently co-editing the Edinburgh Companion to First World War Periodicals with Marysa Demoor and Cedric Van Dijck (forthcoming).
Birgit’s expertise includes modernism, network theory, periodical studies, print culture, and sound studies. Her most recent project considers the relation between literature and radio in the twentieth century. It asks how twentieth-century literary authors made use of the new medium of radio to expand their audience, experiment with new techniques, and express their cultural identities. More particularly, it examines the potential return of a bardic tradition in the radio works of W.B. Yeats, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Dylan Thomas among others.
Birgit is the co-founder of the research group “Twentieth-Century Crossroads” and a member of the international network 'Writing 1900'. She is the former editor-in-chief of DiGeSt: Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies, and a member of the Young Academy in Belgium.
Birgit Van Puymbroeck has taught various courses at Ghent University.
Previously taught courses at graduate level include 'Moderne Engelstalige Letterkunde IV: Poetry in Victorian and Modernist Magazines' (MA), co-taught with Marianne Van Remoortel; 'Historische Engelse Letterkunde II: Literature and War' (MA) and 'Introduction to American Studies', co-taught with Ken Kennard and Gert Buelens (Postgraduate Program in American Studies). At undergraduate level, Birgit has taught 'Engelse letterkunde III: Nieuwere Periode - Literature of the First World War' (BA3), 'Seminarie in Engelse letterkunde', co-taught with Maaheen Ahmed and Stef Craps (BA3), and 'Engelse Letterkunde I: Poetry and Drama' (BA1).
Birgit has successfully (co-)supervised three PhD dissertations and numerous bachelor and master papers on various aspects of nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature and culture (including modernism, postmodernism, and metamodernism; literature of the First World War; periodicals and print culture; literature and radio; transnational relations; women's writing; and gender and diversity).
Birgit Van Puymbroeck is a member of the Young Academy (2018-2023). She is a member of the editorial board of DiGest: Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies.