Literature & Computation Week @ UCLouvain

LITERATURE & COMPUTATION Week @ UCLouvain (May 2nd through May 6th 2022)

A week-long series of talks, presentations, workshops, and round tables on:

Computational Approaches to Literature

Analytical-creative Computational Literature

Digital/Computational Literary Studies

Electronic Literature

NLP & Machine Learning for Literature

Platform Intermediality in Literature

AI Poetry

Computational Literary Performance

and… many more…

The event will bring together contributions researching and/or showcasing the most innovative computational approaches to practicing, theoretically articulating, and critically assessing literature in the age of connectivity. Most notably in recent trends and not always consistently covered by the relevant scholarship, computational approaches to literature have complemented algorithmic analysis with creativity and platform-based intermediality. While these directions are in part related to digital literary studies (DLS, mainly analytically) and electronic literature (e-lit, creatively), they comport aspects substantial and contributions significant enough already to require new and more complex and nuanced theoretical and critical approaches.

Analysis in general and computational analysis in particular inevitably involve creativity, but what has emerged as particularly salient over the past years is computation-based analytical creativity for and in literary practice. The latter actually acquires new meanings and manifestations in the context as artificial intelligence can ‘learn’ and quantify literary features only from text corpora and by means of literary text datafication (cf. Pold & Erslev 2020). Creativity therefore involves in our current literary culture, on the one hand, data-analysis-driven computer and human-computer-interaction (HCI)-based writing mainly as sampling (Johnston 2019) or translation (Margento et al. 2021). Such approaches provide an algorithmic consistency and specific scalable methodology to the previously advanced “uncreative” poetics (Perloff 2008, Goldsmith 2011). On the other hand then, and arguably even more relevantly, creativity in literature gained new meanings and approaches, specifically related to generating or creating new literary or literature-relevant data. Relevant contributions in this respect range from literary text maps (Eide 2015) to computationally assembled literary anthologies and automatically expanded poetry corpora (cf. Sondheim et al. 2019) to interactive and comparative web-based ‘editions of editions’ of certain literary work (Raposo et al. 2021). While drawing on fields like digital humanities (DH), DLS, and digital writing and publishing is obviously necessary in tackling such trends, new more inclusive and complex paradigms able to account for these strongly emerging types of analytical-creative literariness need also be defined and developed.

Another significant phenomenon we will be exploring is platform intermediality. In the context of digit(al)ization and globalization literature has acquired more and more intermedial facets and manifestations, which boosted its mercurial and at times encompassing cultural and technological representativity. The history of (modern) literary genres has been revisited for instance, in certain cultural, economic, and political terms, as the history of globalization (Habjan and Imlinger 2016), the ubiquity of (data) visualization and visualities encouraged exploring literature itself as visual culture (Bodola and Isekenmeier 2017), while critically researching and overviewing the evolving, deep and chameleonic, relationship the literary has with computationality invited redefining contemporary literature as the digital (Tanasescu 2021). Particularly this latter aspect, as foregrounded by a number of the featured presentations, can unveil the multilayered intermedial valences of the literary and the consequential relevance it has to platform culture and communities.

Selected References

Armaselu, Florentina. 2022. “Genetic Criticism and Analysis of Interface Design. A Case Study.” In Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, ed. Daniel O’Donnell, forthcoming.

Bodola, Ronja, and Guido Isekenmeier, eds. 2017. Literary Visualities. Visual Descriptions, Readerly Visualisations, Textual Visibilities. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter.  

Eide, Øyvind. 2015. Media Boundaries and Conceptual Modelling: Between Texts and Maps. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Funkhouser, C.T. 2012. New Directions in Digital Poetry. London and New York: Bloomsbury. 

Goldsmith, Kenneth. 2011. Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. New York:Columbia University Press.

Habjan, Jernej, and Fabienne Imlinger, eds. 2016. Globalizing Literary Genres. Literature, History, Modernity. London and New York: Routledge.  

Johnston, David Jhave. 2019. ReRites. Human + A.I. poetry. Generated by a computer. Edited by a human. Montreal: Anteism Books.

Larrue, Jean-Marc, and Marcello Vitali-Rosati. 2019. Media Do Not Exist: Performativity and Mediating Conjunctures. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.

Margento, Steve Rushton, and Taner Murat. 2021. Various Wanted. An (almost) missing original and five—literary, computational, and visual—translations. Iasi & London: Timpul.

Perloff, Marjorie. 2008. Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century. Chicago: UCP.

Pold, Søren Bro & Malthe Stavning Erslev. 2020. “Data-Realism: Reading and Writing Datafied Text.” Electronic Book Review,

Ramsay, Stephen. 2011. Reading Machines. Toward an Algorithmic Criticism. Urbana-Champaign: UIP.

Raposo, José, António Rito Silva, and Manuel Portela. 2021. “LdoD Visual – A Visual Reader for Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet: An In-Out-In Metaphor.” DHQ Volume 15 Number 3,

Rettberg, Scott. 2019. Electronic Literature. Cambridge: Polity. 

Siemens, Ray & Susan Schreibman, eds. 2013. A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Oxford: Blackwell.

Sondheim, Alan, Brian Kim Stefans, Johanna Drucker, John Cayley, and Margento. 2019. “Our Shared World of Language: Reflections on ‘US’ Poets Foreign Poets.” Asymptote, “Essays” section of the journal’s blog,

Tanasescu, Chris. 2021. “Literature and/as (the) Digital. An Introduction.” In Interférences littéraires / Literaire interferenties Volume 25, guest. ed. Chris Tanasescu, pp. 1-25,

Plenary opening talk by

Ray Siemens (University of Victoria, Canada)

« Code, Poetry and Traditions of Text: Editing in Open, Broad Context »

on May 2nd from 2 pm

a hybrid (in-person and online) event


MONDAY 2/05 – MORE 56 (GPLO-DROIT) (Place Montesquieu, 2) & Teams 

  • 14h00 – 14h50: Keynote lecture 
    • Code, Poetry and Traditions of Text: Editing in Open, Broad Context (Ray Siemens, University of Victoria)  
  • 15h00 – 15h50: Panel “Digital Heritage Research at KBR (Royal Library of Belgium)” (Panel Chair: Sally Chambers, UGent – KBR – DARIAH) 
    • Computational Document Recognition in the KBR Data Science Lab (Tan Lu, VUB – KBR)  
    • KBR’s Digital Research Lab & Computational Literary Studies (Julie Birkholz, UGent – KBR)  
    • Introducing LabEL, a Laboratory for Electronic Literature at KBR (Isabelle Gribomont, UCLouvain – KBR)  

TUESDAY 3/05 –  LECL 82 (Place Montesquieu 1) & Teams 

  • 14h00 – 14h50: Reflective Modelling with Visual Representations: What the digital humanities can learn from modelling in design practice (Jan-Erik Stange, Freie Universität Berlin)  CANCELED for health reasons
  • 15h00 – 15h50: De l’enquête exploratoire à l’exposition en ligne : Bureaux-écrans d’écrivain·e·s. Coulisses numériques de la création (2021-2022) (Corentin Lahouste et Anne Reverseau, UCLouvain)  
  • 16h00 – 16h30: Compute INCAL. Networked Communities and Cross-disciplinary Trans-centric Research Predictions for the Institute for the Study of Cultures, Arts, and Letters at UCLouvain (Derek Siemens, University of Victoria, and Chris Tanasescu, UCLouvain)  

WEDNESDAY 4/05 – SOCR 20 (Place du Cardinal Mercier, 10-12) & Teams 

  • 14h00 – 14h50: What might a Canadian bilingual DH center look like? The Case of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques (bilingual French & English talk) (Michael Sinatra, Université de Montréal)  
  • 15h00 – 15h50: Saisir la littérature en contexte numérique : du projet Littérature québécoise mobile à la matérialité des œuvres numériques (René Audet, Université Laval) – en distanciel/online talk 

THURSDAY 5/05 – MERC 01 (Rue du Compas, 1) & Teams 

  • 14h30 – 15h50: Panel “EMBEDDIA Project (Cross-Lingual Embeddings for Less-Represented Languages in European News Media)”  
    • Text Analysis Using Cross-lingual Embeddings: Results from the EMBEDDIA project (Senja Pollak, Jozef Stefan Institute)  
    • Natural Language Processing Online with ClowdFlows (Martin Žnidaršič, Jozef Stefan Institute)  
  • 16h00 – 16h50: Towards a Collection of Works of Digital Literature from Flanders and the Netherlands (1971–2022) (Siebe Bluijs and Lois Burke, Tilburg University).  

FRIDAY 6/05 – Online only 

  • 14h00 – 15h00: What’s a Scientific Text? Discussing literary genre by processing a digital corpus (Margherita Fantoli, KU Leuven) 

FRIDAY 6/05 – Facebook livestream (@Margento.Official

  • 22h00 – 23h30: Code Is Poetry. Intermedia Computational Performance (MARGENTO & Friends) 

Registration: HERE

See full programme including talk abstracts and presenters’ bios here:

Campus map including locations of auditoriums:

LITERATURE & COMPUTATION Week @ UCLouvain (May 2nd through May 6th 2022)


co-organized by

The Altissia Chair in Digital Cultures and Ethics (UCL)





Register here and see you soon, in person (campus map) or online (register to attend on TEAMS when filling out the registration form).

Recording of TNT 2021-2022 (III) Michael Sinatra

Vous pouvez regarder l’enregistrement de / You can watch the recording of

TNT 2021-2022 (III) Michael Sinatra

ici / here

Professor Michael Sinatra (University of Montreal) will also visit us in early May to give a followup talk as part of the event / Le professeur Michael Sinatra (Université de Montréal) nous rendra également visite début mai pour donner une conférence de suivi dans le cadre de l’événement :

Literature & Computation

co-organized by the / co-organisé par la

Altissia Chair in Digital Cultures and Ethics (UCLouvain) / Chaire Altissia en Cultures et éthique du numérique (UCLouvain)

and the / et le

Digital Literature Lab (KBR & UCLouvain) / Laboratoire de littérature numérique (KBR & UCLouvain)

Stay tuned for further details! / Restez à l’écoute pour plus de détails !

#AltissiaChair #ChrisTanasescu ed. Literature and/as (the) Digital

Special issue (Vol. 25) of

Interférences litteraires/literaire interferenties


Literature and/as (the) Digital

guest edited by Chris Tanasescu


Literature and/as (the) Digital. An Introduction

Chris Tanasescu

Writing like a Machine or Becoming an Algorithmic Subject

Johanna Drucker

Applying Poetic Media in the Digital Humanities

Christoper Funkhouser

Pour une redéfinition pornographique du champ littéraire. Une exploration des marges de la littérature numérique avec les travailleuses du texte

Servanne Monjour, Marcello Vitali-Rosati

Close Listening and Synesthetic Reading Across Multiple Poetry Archives: Tracking the Performative Afterlives of a Poem

James Lee, Ankit Basnet, Holly Virginia Clark, Michael Hennessey, Arlene Johnson, Wendy Burk, Nidhi Mavani

Performative poetry as program, programmed poetry as performance

Rui Torres, Sandra Guerreiro Dias

Why #WomenTechLit? Because…

Maria Mencia

On an Unknown Ancestor of Burrows’ Delta Measure

Petr Plecháč

Thresholds to the “Great Unread”: Titling Practices in Eleven ELTeC Collections

Roxana Patras, Carolin Odebrecht, Ioana Galleron, Rosario Arias, Berenike J. Herrmann, Cvetana Krstev, Katja Mihurko Poniž, Dmytro Yesypenko

Hard Nut to Crack: Automatic Idiom Detection

Anna Feldman

Distant and Close Reading in Literature: a case of networks in Periodical Studies

Julie M. Birkholz, Leah Budke

#GraphPoem: Automatic Classification of Rhyme and Diction in Poetry

Vaibhav Kesarwani, Diana Inkpen, Chris Tanasescu

Vagueness Machines: Computational Indeterminacy in the Work of Jen Bervin and Nick Montfort

Andrew Klobucar

Poésies performatives à l’épreuve de la spatialité: la résidence d’écriture numérique

Carole Bisenius-Penin, Karen Cayrat

La littérature numérique, ce « jeu d’écriture à ciel ouvert »

Corentin Lahouste

Depending or Transgressing? Kinetic Writing that Belongs and Breaks Away

Álvaro Seiça


Un atlas des zones blanches. Un monde sans rivage, d’Hélène Gaudy

Manon Delcour


« Et à la fin on avait un seul texte ». Écriture poétique, ateliers et livres numériques. Entretien avec Nicolas Tardy

Nicolas Tardy, Anne Reverseau

Read the issue on the journal’s website here.

TNT 2021-2022 (I) Julie Birkholz & Sven Lieber

Sven Lieber

Tuesday October 19 from 2 pm / Mardi 19 octobre à partir de 14 heures

Julie Birkholz (UGent & KBR) & Sven Lieber (KBR)

will give a talk on / donneront une conférence sur

LINKED DATA & Cultural Heritage

Abstract / Résumé :

In this talk from Julie M. Birkholz & Sven Lieber, they will explain how – Linked data can be used in cultural heritage studies. Linked data is structured data that can be semantically interlinked with other data and queried in semantic queries. The use of linked data models in the humanities and in cultural heritage institutions to structure, store, share and link knowledge on our historical past has seen a marked increase of interest and implementation. Evidence of this is the growing size of Wikimedia Foundation’s collaborative multilingual knowledge graph of Wikidata. Sharing information in this way provides opportunities for increasing its accessibly and find-ability as well as technologies for efficiently integrating and implementing previously unstructured, siloed data, at lightning speed. Despite these affordances, there remains a gap in access between those familiar with Semantic Web principles, who can implement SPARQL queries to explore data, and those new to these technologies. In this presentation we will provide two examples of leveraging data on Wikidata: 1) WeChangEd Stories- generating multimedia stories from data stored in a public knowledge graph; and 2) BELTRANS – identifying contextual information of literary translations between French and Dutch by Belgian authors since 1970 in different public data sources such as Wikidata This will be a hands-on talk, where you can query data using Wikidata’s query service.

Recommended reading / Lecture recommandée :

Thornton, K., Seals-Nutt, K., Van Remoortel, M., Birkholz, J. M., & De Potter, P. « Linking Women Editors of Periodicals to the Wikidata Knowledge Graph. » In Semantic Web, Special Issue: Cultural Heritage, 2021.

Available at / Disponible en ligne :

Julie M. Birkholz is Assistant Professor Digital Humanities at UGent and Lead of the Royal Library of Belgium’s Digital Research Lab. Her research expertise is in historical social network analysis. From 2017 – 2020 she was a DH Fellow on the ERC Agents of Change Research project WeChangEd, investigating the historical networks of women editors, periodicals and organizations in Europe, as well as the research data manager for the linked open data of the bibliographic information of these editors. From 2014 – 2017 she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent, researching the identification of social networks through web data. She holds a doctorate in Organization Sciences from the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Given that the study of networks, both the theory and methods, crosses disciplines her research is inherently interdisciplinary. Her most recent research explores a computational method for extracting social networks from historical newspapers.

Sven Lieber works as a data manager for the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) and pursues a PhD in Information Engineering Technology at Ghent University – IDLab – imec which he currently is finalizing. His work and research focuses on Knowledge Graphs and FAIR data. 

Within KBR, Sven currently works for the BELTRANS project examining literary translation flows in Belgium between French and Dutch in the period 1970-2020, involving the creation of a FAIR corpus of contemporary Belgian authors and their works. During his PhD, Sven investigated the modeling and use of constraints in Knowledge Graphs and how users could be supported with visual languages for the W3C recommended constraint language SHACL. 

Sven has been involved in several national projects such as BESOCIAL, aiming for a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium, or FAST, concerning the improvement of the customer journey when interacting with public services. He is the author and co-author of several peer-reviewed publications presented at prominent conferences such as the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), the International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-Cap) and the ACM Conference of Web Science.

The talk followed by Q&A will take place / La conférence suivie de questions-réponses aura lieu

on / sur TEAMS

at the following link / au lien suivant

Tuesday October 19 from 2 pm / Mardi 19 octobre à partir de 14 heures.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver à l’occasion !

Sacrifice Zones: Grief and Hope in Contemporary Literature


Organized by ECR, this two-day workshop (on October 1st and 2nd) fits into the ongoing work of the research unit “Humain, animal, planète. » It responds to ongoing debates on the Anthropocene in the environmental humanities by exploring the notion of the “sacrifice zone” via a comparative analysis of ambivalent spaces and emotions in contemporary fiction and literature. 

Where: Louvain-la-Neuve

Auditoriums: ERAS 57 + Salle du Conseil ISP


See the Program

Read the abstracts

More details here.

Altissia Chair Talk @ ADOCHS KBR

Study day on Image & Data Processing in the Cultural Heritage Sector

On Tuesday September 14th, the Adochs project organises an online study day on Image & Data Processing in the Cultural Heritage Sector. While morning presentations will shed light on the project results to improve the quality of the files produced in the context of heritage digitisation, those of the afternoon will open the discussion on the possible follow-up of this project and the evolution of our organisations in the light ofartificial intelligence



9:00 Reception
9:30 Introduction (Nico Wouters – AGR/CegeSoma)


9:45 Data Quality in the cultural heritage sector: from an image processing perspective (Tan Lu – KBR/VUB) 
10:15 Quality Management in a Heritage and Documentary Digitisation Project (Chloé Brault – CegeSoma) 


11:00 Paying down the ‘Metadata debt’: a way to invest in user experience (Anne Chardonnens – CegeSoma/ULB) 
11:30 Presentation of Data Science Lab (Ann Dooms – VUB & Frédéric Lemmers – KBR)
11:40 Presentation of (Sally Chambers – KBR / Ughent)
11:50  Conclusion of the morning (Tan Lu – VUB/KBR) 

Lunch Break


14:00  Introduction (Aan Dooms – VUB)
Collection computing, computational collections. Data as performative knowledge and live heritage (Chris Tanasescu – UCL)  
Mixing computers and cultural heritage – challenges and opportunities in cross-disciplinary collaborations (Marieke van Erp – KNAW Humanities Cluster)  
 Computer vision and digital libraries: feedback from the BnF (Jean-Philippe Moreux (BnF)
15:40  Conclusion of the afternoon presentations (Frédéric Lemmers – KBR)


16:10 Session posters
16:35  Break out rooms with researchers
17:00 End

General Information

When: September 14, 2021, 9AM – 5PM 

Where: Online, on

Organizers: CegeSoma (State Archives of Belgium), KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in the context of the ADOCHS project. 

Conference organizing committee: Chloé Brault (AGR-CegeSoma), Anne Chardonnens (AGR-CegeSoma / ULB), Ann Dooms (VUB), Frédéric Lemmers (KBR), Tan Lu (VUB / KBR ), Nico Wouters (AGR-CegeSoma).

Scientific committee of the Adochs project: Julie Urbain (Historical archives – European Commission), Maarten Savels (AMSAB – center of Expertise in Digital Heritage – Packed), Brecht Declercq (VIAA), Sally Chambers (LBR, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities), Harco Gijsbers (NIOD), Erwin Verbruggen (Beeld and geluid instituut), Frédéric Dufaux (CNRS), Hans van Dormolen (HIP), Jean-Philippe Moreux (BNF). 


Registration to the study day is free but mandatory. Please book a ticket on for the D-Day !

Do you have questions? 
Please do not hesitate and contact us!

Job Opening: Postdoc, Digital Literature Lab

UPDATE. Deadline extension: August 31st, 2021.

Job offer:
We are hiring a Specialist in Digital Humanities

1 FTE: 50% PostDoc (UCLouvain) and 50% contractual SW2 Workleader (KBR)

With special interest in Electronic Literature and/or Automatic Text Processing for the FedTwin project Prf-2020-026_KBR-DLL

KBR Digital Literary Lab #ElectronicLiterature #NLP #Library #Metadata #Corpora

Summary of the project

This research will be carried out within the framework of the FED-tWIN programme of sustainable research cooperation between the federal scientific institutes (FSI) and the Belgian universities. It undertakes the opening of a digital literature lab in Belgium. Located in the heart of the Royal Library of Belgium and working in conjunction with UCLouvain, this laboratory will be a place for the archiving of, and research into, contemporary Belgian digital literature. It will bring together researchers working in literature, computer science, library science, and archiving in order to propose an in-depth study of the subject.

At present, works of digital literature are mostly available online, on authors’ personal sites, in virtual exhibitions set up by insiders, or even within a few rare journal issues. Some more professional initiatives allow authors to be distributed by producers or web content agencies. They also exist as independent entities, scattered or even hidden in the almost infinite virtual space of the web. It is necessary to create a place that makes them visible and consultable, hence the urgency of creating a directory. It is therefore essential for Belgium to equip itself with resources such as the Digital Literary Laboratory (DLL) to make its productions accessible in the public sphere.

The aim of this collaborative project between UCLouvain and KBR would then be to establish a media laboratory to study the emerging field of digital literature. Firstly, the objective would be to promote a corpus of digital literature in order to allow for its study and dissemination. Secondly, the project would strive to define Belgium’s rightful place in the international landscape and to develop partnerships between Belgian creators and institutions in order to stimulate the production of new works, as well as increase the visibility of older works through archiving and the creation of ontologies. Accordingly, it would be necessary to develop strategies for archiving and disseminating digital literature by integrating a network of academics and artists who are already seeking to formalize such an approach. Examples include the Canada Research Chair in Digital Arts and Literature (led by Bertrand Gervais PhD), the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO – led by Leonardo Flores PhD), or the Consortium on Electronic Literature (CELL Project – led by Davin Heckman PhD and Joseph Tabbi PhD). These organizations work to institutionalize the field of digital literature by provoking cross- fertilization between authors, academics, and institutions. We could then enable our researchers and artists significantly to integrate research and production networks, and thus contemplate long-term partnerships.

The objectives and stages of this FED-TWIN project are therefore, in brief:

1- To establish a corpus of Belgian digital literature, which involves:

a. helping to define the field of digital literature, taking into account its evolving and open nature;

b. To contribute significantly to the institutionalization of the field of digital literature through legal deposits;

c. To shed light on the specificities of Belgian productions.
2- To ensure access and visibility of electronic literary production in Belgium:

a. by efficiently archiving extant works in full understanding of their complexity (content, forms, technologies);

b. by promoting scientific research;
c. by facilitating public access to works through a proactive policy;

d. by helping to stimulate the production of new works.

In a logic of practice-as-research aimed at combining scientific approaches and creative work, a place to experiment with these new forms of writing will be set up within KBR. Different types of scientific events or events aimed at the general public can be organized there.

Appel à candidatures Profil recherché


Le chercheur ou la chercheuse devra contribuer directement à la réalisation des objectifs du projet décrits ci-dessus. Dans le cadre de ce programme FED-tWIN, elle ou il développera et mettra en œuvre des projets de recherche nouveaux et innovants et assurera une production scientifique de haut niveau, ce qui implique notamment :

  • la publication de résultats des recherches effectuées par les voies appropriées ;
  • un engagement fort en faveur de la communication scientifique, tant orale qu’écrite, pour un public cible diversifié. Compte tenu du rôle social de la KBR, en complément de la production académique sont également attendues des publications de vulgarisation ainsi quel’organisation d’événements de sensibilisation destinés au grand public ;
  • l’élaboration de dossiers de candidature pour des projets permettant le développement de la recherche scientifique interdisciplinaire et de la valorisation de la coopération entre lal’UCLouvain et la KBR ;
  • le développement et la consolidation des réseaux professionnels et sociaux des deuxorganisations dans le domaine du projet ;
  • Une activité pédagogique permettant la valorisation des acquis de la recherche dans desactivités d’enseignement à l’UCLouvain.Inscrire la KBR dans la dynamique internationale de projets en humanités numériques liés à la littérature électronique.


Diplôme de doctorat en littérature, sémiologie, humanités numérique, traitement automatique du langage ou dans un autre domaine directement pertinent pour le projet.

Le titre de docteur doit avoir été obtenu au maximum 12 ans avant la date ultime d’introduction des dossiers de candidature. La période visée est prolongée d’un an par période de congé de maternité, parental ou d’adoption à temps plein, ou pour la durée réelle des périodes attestées de maladie de longue durée du candidat ou d’un membre de famille du 1er degré.

Compétences techniques

Le candidat doit avoir un double profil avec des compétences en littérature et dans le domaine informatique. Il doit avoir un doctorat dans l’un des deux domaines et un diplôme complémentaire ou une expérience professionnelle probante dans l’autre domaine.

Dans tous les cas, la lettre de candidature devra faire état de l’expérience concrète dans le domaine de la programmation.

Le candidat doit être capable dès sa prise de fonction de prendre en main des projets informatiques (gestion de bases de données, développement de programmes, utilisation de taxonomies, etc.). On attend donc un niveau élevé de connaissances techniques et numériques, dont une connaissance approfondie :

  • –  de langages de programmation utilisés dans les sciences humaines (Python, C++, R, …),
  • –  des normes relatives au web et aux métadonnées,
  • –  de l’interopérabilité dans l’échange de données,
  • –  algorithmique du texte et / ou multimédia,
  • –  des bases de la programmation web, afin d’être en mesure de diriger l’équipe de programmation.Le candidat pourra faire état d’une expérience ou de connaissances dans un ou plusieurs des domaines suivants : traitement automatique du langage, apprentissage automatique (machine learning), sciences des données (data science), données liées (linked data), taxonomies & ontologies. Dans le domaine littéraire, le candidat devra avoir des compétences dans un ou plusieurs des domaines : analyse littéraire, analyse littéraire computationnelle (computational literary analysis), littérature numérique. Il n’y a pas de durée minimum d’expérience requise après l’obtention du doctorat.

    Compétences relationnelles. La personne recherchée aura :
  • –  Une approche orientée par les objectifs : le candidat ou la candidate devra démontrer de la volonté et de l’ambition afin de générer des résultats de qualité et assumer la responsabilité des actions entreprises ;
  • –  Des capacités d’initiative et une grande autonomie ;
  • –  Un excellent sens du contact et la capacité d’animer un réseau : il ou elle devra rester informéà propos des environnements respectifs des institutions du consortium et maintenir les conditions d’une collaboration efficace. Il s’agira notamment de développer et maintenir la structure organisationnelle du projet ;
  • –  La capacité de travailler en équipe : créer et améliorer l’esprit d’équipe en partageant ses avis et ses idées et en contribuant à la résolution de conflits entre collègues.
  • –  Un esprit de leadership : il ou elle sera capable de motiver les collaborateurs, reconnaître leurs qualités, les stimuler à prendre des initiatives en leur donnant des responsabilités et en s’adaptant soi-même ;

    Atouts complémentaires
  • –  Connaître le milieu littéraire belge.
  • –  Disposer d’un réseau professionnel dans le domaine de la littérature numérique ou destechnologies liées à l’analyse de texte.
  • –  Être familiarisé avec le secteur des bibliothèques et connaître le contexte des missions de KBR.
  • –  Avoir une bonne connaissance active du français, du néerlandais et / ou de l’anglais ;

    Connaissance des langues. Ce poste est accessible aux candidats pouvant être affectés au rôle de langue française, en application des règles à cet effet déterminées par les lois sur l’utilisation des langues en matière administrative. C’est-à-dire être diplômé d’une université francophone ou être capable de passer un test de niveau prouvant son niveau de maîtrise du français.Si, au moment du recrutement, le candidat ou la candidate ne connaît pas ou pas suffisamment le français, l’UCLouvain lui proposera une offre de formation afin d’acquérir les connaissances requises. Le candidat doit également être capable de communiquer en anglais. Compte tenu de l’environnement bilingue dans lequel il ou elle se retrouvera à la suite de son recrutement à la KBR, la connaissance du néerlandais est également un avantage. L’UCLouvain peut également apporter un soutien à la formation dans ces deux langues.

    Informations contractuelles. Le poste proposé est un poste à 100% structuré de la manière suivante :
  • –  Un contrat à durée indéterminée à 50% à prester à la KBR au statut de chef de projet (SW2) ;
  • –  Un contrat à durée indéterminée à 50% à prester à l’UCLouvain (50% chercheur ou chercheusepost-doctoral)

    Candidatures. Les candidatures doivent être composées d’une lettre de motivation de max. 2 pages, d’un CV détaillé avec une liste de publications et de deux lettres de recommandation. Le tout est à adresser par courrier électronique avant le 31 juillet 2021 [MISE À JOUR : 31 août] à :
  • M. Frédéric Lemmers, Responsable du service DIGIT, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (
  • Prof. Cédrick Fairon, Directeur du Centre de traitement automatique du langage de l’UCLouvain (Cé Les auteurs des lettres de recommandation seront invités à envoyer directement leur courrier à Sophie Vandepontseele et Cédrick Fairon, sans passer par le candidat ou la candidate.

    Procédure de sélection


Si nous recevons plus de 6 candidatures répondant aux conditions de participation, une première sélection sera effectuée sur base des CV et des lettres de motivation. Les personnes retenues seront invitées à un entretien qui aura lieu entre le 09/08/2021 et le 13/08/2021. L’épreuve orale, d’une durée d’une heure, vise à évaluer votre motivation et vos affinités avec la fonction ainsi que vos compétences techniques et comportementales. Vous serez invité à présenter en 15 minutes votre vision du projet et cette présentation sera suivie d’un débat avec le jury composé de membres de la KBR et de l’UCLouvain.

L’entrée en fonction est prévue pour le 01/10/2021.

L’UCLouvain et la KBR veulent créer un environnement de travail dans lequel tous les talents peuvent se développer autant que possible, sans distinction de sexe, d’âge, d’origine culturelle, de nationalité ou de handicap. Pour toute question concernant l’accessibilité ou les possibilités de soutien, veuillez consulter et/ou contacter

UPDATE: Deadline for submitting an application: August 31st 2021.