Degrees, Awards & Grants

DEGREES

1997 : Ph.D. Languages and Cultures of Asia, Ghent University, Belgium dissertation: ‘Seventeen and the Young Heroes of Ōe Kenzaburō’

1984 : M.A. Languages and Cultures of Asia (Japanese/Chinese) Ghent University, Belgium thesis: ‘Kokugo-education in Japanese Elementary School’

AWARDS & GRANTS

2009: Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (Flemish Literary Fund) / Fonds voor de Letteren (Dutch Literary Fund), Grant for the translation of Kawakami Hiromi's Sensei no kaban (De tas van de leraar)

2008 : Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (Flemish Literary Fund) / Fonds voor de Letteren (Dutch Literary Fund), Grant for the translation of Murakami Haruki's Hashiru koto ni tsuite kataru toki boku no kataru koto (Waarover ik praat als ik over hardlopen praat)

2008 : Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (Flemish Literary Fund) / Fonds voor de Letteren (Dutch Literary Fund), Grant for Moderne Japanse verhalen (Anthology of Modern Japanese Short Stories)

2007 : Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (Flemish Literary Fund) / Fonds voor de Letteren (Dutch Literary Fund), Grant for the translation of Murakami Haruki's Dans, Dans, Dans

2006 :Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (Flemish Literary Fund), Grant for the translation of Kawabata Yasunari's Utsukushisa to kanashimi to(Schoonheid en verdriet)

2000 : Nomination (one of three) for the Noma Literary Translation Award (野間文芸翻訳賞)

2000 : The Japan Foundation Study Tour Program 2000 for Group from G8 and EU Countries

1998 : Research Grant, Europalia Nippon Kinen (ユーロパリア日本記念) (6 months research in Japan on Japanese cinema)

1991-1992 : Dissertation Fellowship, The Japan Foundation (国際交流基金博士論文フェローシップ), University of Tokyo (Comparative literature and culture)

1986-1988 : Scholarship Monbushō (Japanese Ministry of Education) (文部省国費留学奨学金) University of Tokyo (Comparative literature and culture)

1985 : Study Tour Award for Outstanding Foreign Students of the Japanese Language (The Japan Foundation) (海外日本語講座成績優秀者研修会)

ACADEMIC SERVICES AND MEMBERSHIPS - Narrator/Collaborator audio tape 日本語教育評価法 (Evaluation Methods for Japanese Language Education), NAFL Institute, Tokyo 1988

- Coordinator "M.A. in Japanese Studies" Mercator Hogeschool 1993-2003 ~ setting up curriculum ~ attracting visiting lecturers ~ arranging traineeships in Japan or with Japanese companies in Europe

- Member Kinema Club/KineJapan (Study group on Japanese moving image media), since 2000

- Member blogteam Ubiquitous Gaze (an Academic Blog on Open Code, Education and Japanese Studies), since 2003

- Member of the Jury, annual Speech Contest Nihonjinkai (Society of Japanese in Belgium), 2001-2005

- Member of the Selection Committee, Scholarships MEXT (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), 2004

- Member of the Committee for Recommendation and Support, Dejima Film Festival (Holland), since 2005

- Guest Editor and Compiler, Deus ex Machina (Literature & Art Magazine), Japan focus "Nippon Express", June 2004 (Vol 28, Nr. 110)

- Adviser on subsidies for literary translations from the Japanese (Dutch Literary Fund), 2005

- Cooperation STIHO Project Automatic generation of vocabulary lists with Japanese characters, mailgloss and implementation of a kanji-test program, 1998-99

- Cooperation STIHO Project Automatic generation of vocabulary lists and example sentences, reibun. Development of a collocation-corpus, 1999-2000

- Cooperation STIHO Project Japanology of the Low Countries (Developing a common infostructure for Japanese studies in the Low Countries: portal-site, Japanese-Dutch dictionary, multimedia database, learning object repository), 2001-03.