Raf Van Rooy

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Background

Work experience

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

Main education

201317 PhD in Linguistics // KU Leuven (no grade awarded in agreement with university policy)
201213 MA Linguistics & Literature, Ancient Greek–Latin // Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (summa cum laude / curriculum in French)
201112 MA Linguistics & Literature, Ancient Greek–Latin // KU Leuven (summa cum laude)

MA General Linguistics, option Comparative & historical linguistics // KU Leuven (summa cum laude)
200811 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

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Published Apr. 6, 2021 4:55 PM - Last modified Apr. 8, 2021 3:06 PM