In the media

In the media

  • Between hero and villain

    Ahead of the premiere of Wonka in Belgian cinemas, Ewoud Ceulemans, TV and culture specialist at De Morgen, contacted Leander Duthoy to dig deeper into the motivations behind the famous character Willy Wonka. Duthoy talks about the childhood influences that writer Roald Dahl incorporated into his book, the ambiguity that makes the character so fascinating, and why the book lends itself to successful adaptations.

    Duthoy, Leander. In: ‘Raar, droog en ondoorgrondelijk’, interview for De Morgen by Ewoud Ceulemans.

    11 december 2023.

  • What’s age got to do with it?

    Age is a complex phenomenon. Think about the following questions for a moment: How old are you? And how old do you feel? How old do other people think you are? And how do you and others know these things? Some of those insights may hearken back to the books you read as a young person, as they played a part in shaping your identity. So how is age constructed in children’s books? In this podcast, Emma-Louise Silva (UAntwerpen) introduces you to researchers who (while admitting they don’t feel their age at all!) are trying to find out what children’s books reveal about age. To do so, the team is researching 800 children’s books from the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. Whether you are a 70-year-old teenage dirtbag, or a 7-year-old sprinter who thinks that old people are slowpokes, this podcast is for you!

    This podcast was recorded, edited, and produced by Emma-Louise Silva. Coaching by Tinne Claes and Joris Van Damme (SciComm Academy). Mixing by Joris Van Damme.

    Silva, Emma-Louise. ‘What’s age got to do with it?‘.

    SciMingo’s Podcast.

  • How old is young?

    With this essay, Vanessa Joosen wants to contribute to greater awareness regarding age. She argues for more openness about age norms and more dialogue between different generations. To this end, she focuses on people who engage in such a dialogue on a daily basis.
    For this book, she interviewed twelve British, Dutch and Flemish authors: David Almond, Aidan Chambers, Anne Fine, Ed Franck, Guus Kuijer, Bart Moeyaert, Aline Sax, Hilde Vandermeeren, Joke van Leeuwen, Edward van de Vendel, Jacqueline Wilson and Anna Woltz.
    Most of them wrote books for both children and adults. Joosen specifically went looking for authors who debuted at a very young age or who have a long writing career behind them. How do they manage to bridge that distance?

    Joosen, Vanessa. Hoe oud is jong?

    Letterwerk, 2022.

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