Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei received his Ph.D. in Media & Communications from the European Graduate School and Ph.D. in Modern Thought from the University of Aberdeen. He is a philologist and director of scholar-led open-access publishing platform punctum books
. He is a specialist of the Old Nubian language and managing editor of Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies
Van Gerven Oei’s publications include A Reference Grammar of Old Nubian
(Peeters, forthcoming 2020) and Cross-Examinations
(MER. Paper Kunsthalle, 2015). His three-volume work Lapidari
(punctum books, 2015) provides the first complete overview of socialist monumentality in Albania.
As a translator, Van Gerven Oei works mostly with anonymous Makuritan Nubian scribes and more recent authors such as Jean Daive, Hervé Guibert, Werner Hamacher, Dick Raaijmakers, Avital Ronell, and Nachoem M. Wijnberg. His writings have appeared in Afterall, Glossa, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology, postmedieval,
and Theory & Event,
among other venues.