Raf Van Rooy
Holding degrees in classics, linguistics, and early modern history, Raf Van Rooy is developing a multifaceted line of research focusing on various aspects of the appropriation of the Ancient Greek heritage in early modern Europe and its impact on modern society.
- History of linguistics: He has studied the appropriation of the Greek linguistic concept of ‘dialect’ and the way in which it evolved from a literary-philological idea in antiquity to a highly politicized notion in modern times. Later, he extended his interest to the early modern reception of other typically Greek grammatical concepts, such as ‘aorist’ and ‘article’. This research has been generously supported by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). At the University of Oslo, he will be able to further investigate the history of linguistics during the Renaissance, and especially the place of Greek in it during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, while integrating a social and gender dimension into it.
- History of Greek language and literature teaching: When in 2017 KU Leuven commemorated the foundation of the Three Languages College (Collegium Trilingue; 1517–1797), where one could study Latin, Greek, and Hebrew for free, he was a key contributor for the Greek part of the research and the resulting exhibition Erasmus’ Dream. This event received extensive media coverage, attracted 6000+ visitors, and triggered follow-up exhibitions in Arlon and Louvain-la-Neuve. Together with prof. Jan Papy, he has obtained KU Leuven funding for a four-year (2018–22) research project on the 16th-century teaching of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, focusing on recently retrieved student notes and their digital representation. In the frame of this project, he supervises two PhD students, Xander Feys and Maxime Maleux.
- New Ancient Greek literature: He is currently exploring a third line of research. Together with prof. Han Lamers, he is contributing to an anthology of poetry written in Ancient Greek during the Renaissance and after. I am now pursuing funding for this promising research strand.
Through his research, he aims to show the constitutive importance of the classical tradition for modern concepts, ideas, traditions, and identities. Modern ideologies and mind sets teem with remnants of the classical tradition, owing for a large part to the early modern fascination with antiquity. His research intends to uncover and dissect this double indebtedness to both classical and early modern culture. In doing so, his main goal is to foster awareness of the fact that the ways in which we try to give meaning to the world bear the burden of a long and biased history.
|2021-23||Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow of the European Commission at the University of Oslo|
|2020-21||Senior postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at KU Leuven|
|2017–20||Junior postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at KU Leuven|
|2013–17||PhD fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at KU Leuven|
|2013–17||PhD in Linguistics // KU Leuven (no grade awarded in agreement with university policy)|
|2012–13||MA Linguistics & Literature, Ancient Greek–Latin // Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (summa cum laude / curriculum in French)|
|2011–12||MA Linguistics & Literature, Ancient Greek–Latin // KU Leuven (summa cum laude)
MA General Linguistics, option Comparative & historical linguistics // KU Leuven (summa cum laude)
|2008–11||BA Linguistics & Literature Ancient Greek–Latin, option Culture and history of antiquity // KU Leuven (summa cum laude) (Erasmus stay at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki)|
Additional degrees obtained as working student: BA History (KU Leuven, 2017) & MA History (Ghent University, 2018)
Scholarships, awards, grants
|2020||Project Grant (as co-supervisor) // Research Council of KU Leuven (€ 36 700)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship // European Commission (€214 158,72)
LOT Populariseringsprijs 2019 (LOT Popularization Award 2019) // LOT – Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics
Postdoctoral Fellowship // British Academy (£408 306,09) (offer received but rejected since it could not be combined with other fellowships)
Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship // Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
|2019||Seal of Excellence // European Commission|
|2018||Vivien Law Prize // The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas (£100, book & membership)
Science Communication Award // Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
Project Grant (as co-supervisor) // Research Council of KU Leuven (€367 000)
Travel Grant // Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) (€6864 + travel costs)
Martin Burr Award // The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas (£500)
|2017||Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship // Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)|
|2016||Herzog-Ernst-Stipendium // Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (€1100)
Scaliger Fellowship // Scaliger Institute, Leiden University (€1000)
|2015||Travel Grant // Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) (€2508 + travel costs)
Prix Chanoine Marcel Hofinger // Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (€1250)
|2013||PhD fellowship // Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)|
Ongoing research projects
(as co-supervisor) 'Ad fontes!' in the Classroom: Teaching Latin, Greek, and Hebrew Texts in the Early Modern Southern Low Countries (2018-22)
(as co-supervisor) Language and Literature Teaching in the Sixteenth Century: Vergil and Homer at the Leuven Collegium Trilingue (2019-23)
(as principal investigator) Language Comparison and Emancipation: The Pivotal Role of Ancient Greek in Renaissance Language Studies (ca. 1390-1600) (2020-25)
(as co-supervisor) A Collaborative Relational Database Infrastructure for Humanities Researchers (2021-22)
(as principal investigator) Between Migration and Linguistics: Greeks in Western Europe and the Emergence of Contrastive Grammar in the Renaissance (c.1390-1600) (2021-23)
- Adendros (blog)
- Center for the Historiography of Linguistics
- Language & History
- Universiteit van Vlaanderen
Van Rooy, Raf (2023). Ippolita Maria Sforza, student and patroness of Greek in Milan (ca. 1465). Renaissance Quarterly. ISSN 0034-4338.
Lamers, Han & Van Rooy, Raf (2022). Graecia Belgica: Writing Ancient Greek in the Early Modern Low Countries. Classical Receptions Journal. ISSN 1759-5134. doi: 10.1093/crj/clac004.
Van Rooy, Raf (2022). Contrastive grammar in the Renaissance: The subtle presence of Greek in Jean Pillot’s French grammar (1550/1561). Languages in Contrast: International Journal for Contrastive Linguistics. ISSN 1387-6759. 22(1), p. 114–135. doi: 10.1075/lic.21008.van. Full text in Research Archive Show summary
Lamers, Han & Van Rooy, Raf (2022). Athenae Belgicae: Greek Studies in Renaissance Bruges. In Ciccolella, Federica (Eds.), When Greece Flew across the Alps: The Study of Greek in Early Modern Europe. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 978-90-04-17942-4. p. 72–109.
Matthaios, Stephanos & Van Rooy, Raf (2021). The greeks’ idle instrument: The article from ancient Greece to the renaissance. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft. ISSN 0939-2815. 31(1), p. 27–54.
Matthaios, Stephanos & Van Rooy, Raf (2021). The Greeks' idle instrument: The article from ancient Greece to the Renaissance. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft. ISSN 0939-2815. 31(1), p. 27–54.
Lamers, Han & Van Rooy, Raf (2021). The Low Countries. In Pontani, Filippomaria & Weise, Stefan (Ed.), The Hellenizing Muse: A European Anthology of Poetry in Ancient Greek from the Renaissance to the Present. Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISSN 9783110641233. p. 216–279.
Van Rooy, Raf (2020). The vernacular through the Greek lens: John Palsgrave's French grammar (1530) and his model Theodore Gaza revisited. Les Études Classiques. ISSN 0014-200X.
Van Rooy, Raf (2020). Essays in the history of dialect studies: From ancient Greece to modern dialectology. Nodus Publikationen. ISBN 9783893230228.
Van Rooy, Raf (2020). Greece’s labyrinth of language: A study in the early modern discovery of dialect diversity. Language Science Press. ISBN 9783961102105.
Van Rooy, Raf (2020). Language or Dialect? The History of a Conceptual Pair. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198845713.
Metcalf, George J.; Van Hal, Toon & Van Rooy, Raf (2013). On Language Diversity and Relationship from Bibliander to Adelung. John Benjamins Publishing Company. ISBN 9789027246110.
Van Rooy, Raf & Aurora, Federico (2022). What a database can do for a historian of ideas.
Van Rooy, Raf (2022). The co-creation of contrastive grammar in the Renaissance: New perspectives on Greek migrant teachers and their Italian students.
Van Rooy, Raf (2022). Scholarly perceptions of Byzantium at the Sforza court: The migrant grammarian Constantine Lascaris versus his translator Bonino Mombrizio .
Van Rooy, Raf (2021). Theodore Gaza’s Greek: A fifteenth-century grammar book and its impact.
Van Rooy, Raf (2021). Triangular teaching? Ippolita Maria Sforza as a female student of Greek in early 1460s Milan.
Van Rooy, Raf (2021). A female student of Greek in the Renaissance: The case of Ippolita Sforza.