Prof. Dr. Thomas Ernst

University of Antwerp | Faculty of Arts
Department of Literature
Grote Kauwenberg 18
2000 Antwerpen | Belgium

Thomas Ernst is Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Antwerp. He also holds a venia legendi on Germanic Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

His research focuses on the construction of identities, images of Germany and Europe, multilinguality and transcultural spaces in Austrian and German literature; on experimental and subversive Austrian and German literatures in the 20th and 21st century; and on the digital transformation of media and its cultural effects (literature and social media; intellectual property rights; digital publishing). His publications include books on “Popliteratur” (2001/2005), “Literatur und Subversion” (2013) and numerous papers that have been published in international magazines and book series with peer-review. At the moment, he is working on a monograph on literature and social media.

Ernst has worked as a researcher or as a referee with institutions such as the DFG, FWO, FNR and the Alexander-von-Humboldt-foundation, he was an appointed member of the Global Young Faculty III (2013-2015) and is a liaison professor of the Hans-Böckler-foundation (sinds 2016). He is associated member of the Study Centre for Experimental Literature (Brussels/Gent) and founding member of the DHd-workgroup Digital publishing.