Pieter Vanhove holds a Ph.D. in Italian and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York. He is currently based in London.
Pieter’s dissertation examines how the concept of universality was reimagined in French, Italian, and Chinese literary and visual culture in the wake of decolonization. His main research interests are postcolonialism, critical theory, twentieth-century cinema, contemporary art, translatability, and the critique of universality.
Pieter’s publications include articles in Estetica: Studi e ricerche, Senses of Cinema, and Studi pasoliniani. From 2011 to 2016, he was Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s Research Assistant. He curated Columbia M.F.A. Graduate Wang Xu’s first solo exhibition in 2014.
From 2009-11, Pieter worked on an independent research project on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s theater with funding from the Research Foundation Flanders. In 2009, he obtained his M.A. in Italian from Columbia University with funding from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He holds Master’s degrees in Romance Philology and Comparative Literature from the University of Leuven and spent a year of his studies at Université Paris IV–La Sorbonne.
Pieter is a long-time student of Mandarin Chinese. In 2014, he received a grant to attend Harvard University’s Institute for World Literature in Hong Kong, and in 2016-17, he was awarded the Columbia GSAS-Mellon Humanities Travel Fellowship for research in Paris and Beijing.