Siebe Bluijs is a postdoctoral researcher at Tilburg University. He holds a PhD in Dutch Literature from Ghent University (Belgium). His research interests concern how media develop new methods, specific to the medium, of deploying semiotic systems for meaning-making in literary works. His current research focuses on 'digital literature' (e.g. poetry that employs kinetic typography, literary smartphone applications, and narratives in virtual reality). In his PhD-project he analysed the form and functioning of the postwar literary radio play in the Low Countries, focusing on innovations in narrative and semiotic composition. Bluijs extensively writes on contemporary (Dutch) literature, and is particularly interested in experimental literature. Additionally, he has a background in graphic design, with a specialisation in book design and typography.
The Digital Literature Consortium explores the unique opportunities that works of digital literature offer to academic research, public libraries, and education. How does the concept of digital literature relate to more traditional, printed forms of literary art? Can the implementation of digital literature into the curriculum make language and literature classes in secondary school more memorable and engaging? What is the best way to integrate works of digital literature into public library collections? How can we preserve the dynamic and ephemeral works of digital literature for future generations? We are convinced that answering these questions requires close collaboration between various societal partners (academic researchers, library professionals, school teachers).
S. Bluijs. ‘Earwitnessing: Focalization in Radio Drama’. In: L. Bernaerts & J. Mildorf (eds.), Audionarratology: Lessons from Radio Drama (Theory and Interpretation of Narrative Series). Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2021. [forthcoming].