BASCE board

Franca Bellarsi

Franca bellarsi

Franca Bellarsi is an Associate Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, where she lectures in both English and American Literature.  Her research and publications are divided between three (complementary) fields, namely the Beat Generation, ecocriticism, and English Romanticism.  Her ecocritical work particularly focuses on ecopoetics, ecopoetry, and eco-aesthetics, as well as on the interlocking of landscapes and mindscapes (particularly within Beat and Romantic ecologies, ecospirituality, and urban psychogeographies).  In May 2008, she convened the first ecocritical/ecopoetic conference in Belgium.  She has also guest-edited three special issues with academic journals (Canadian Online Journal of Ecocriticism, JoE, 1.2 [2009]; Journal of Comparative American Studies 7.2 [2009]; and Ecozon@, European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 2.2 [2011]).  She is currently working on different book projects, including two volumes prepared in co-edition with Chad WEIDNER, a colleague from UCR Utrecht University in Middelburg (Fractured Ecologies, an exploration of avant-garde experimental ecopoetics, and Beat Ecologies, a volume proposing first-time ecocritical readings of Beat Generation writers other than Gary Snyder).


astrid bracke

Astrid Bracke organized the first ecocriticism conference in the Netherlands in 2010. Her work explores postmillennial British fiction and non-fiction, especially in relation to humanized and urban landscapes. Another focal point of her research is the combination of narratology and ecocriticism. She has published in English Studies, ISLE and The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, and her monograph – Climate Crisis and the 21st-century British Novel  – is under contract with Bloomsbury Academic, to appear in 2017.


Ben De Bruyn

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.

Dr. Isabel Hoving

Isabel Hoving

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

Kate Huber is 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.

Tom Idema

Tom idema

Tom Idema is  a lecturer at the department of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His work is positioned at the intersection of literary studies, science and technology studies, and American Studies, with a focus on ecocritical and posthumanist issues. In his dissertation titled Transmutations: Bio-sf, Nomad Science, and the Future of Humanity (2013) Tom analyzes contemporary science fiction novels in which humanity takes an evolutionary leap ―not through technology, but triggered by changes in the environment. Tom argues that by dramatizing the unstable relation between humans and their environments , these narratives challenge a dominant “control science” aimed at reducing life to a binary code, while imagining a “nomad science” (Deleuze and Guattari) whose aim is to approach life’s complexity. Toms articles have appeared in journal including Frame, Configurations, and Biosocieties.  He is the Dutch representative of the European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA-EU) and a member of the European Association for the Study of literature, Culture and the Environment (EASLCE).


Kristine steenbergh

Kristine Steenbergh is the webmaster of the BASCE website. She is lecturer and researcher in English literature at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is currently working on an NWO VENI project on compassion and theatre in early modern England, and hopes to combine her expertise in the history of emotions and literary analysis with an ecocritical topic in her next research project. She teaches a course on the Environmental Humanities in the Research Masters Literary Studies and History, and introduces her students to ecocritical perspectives on English literature in many of her courses.


Sébastian Thiltges

After a doctoral dissertation, defended in November 2013, on the description of silent landscape in the European novel in the second half of the nineteenth century, Sébastian Thiltges worked as a postdoc at the Université du Maine for a year, to study the relationship between ecology and children’s literature. In July 2015, he started a postdoctoral project at the Universität des Saarlandes. His current research on nature writing in the multilingual literatures from Luxembourg is funded by the FNR (