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 co-director of independent open-access publishing platform punctum books
. He is a specialist of the Old Nubian language and co-editor-in-chief of Dotawo
, the imprint of the Union for Nubian Studies. He also directs project bureau for the arts and humanities The Department of Eagles
and is editor of the New World Summit
Van Gerven Oei’s recent publications include Cross-Examinations
(MER. Paper Kunsthalle, 2015), and the edited volumes Beta Exercise: The Theory and Practice of Osamu Kanemura
(2019, with Marco Mazzi) and ‘Pataphilology: An Irreader
(2018, with Sean Gurd). 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 Medieval 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: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry; ART PAPERS; Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics; postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies; Theory & Event;
and tripwire, a journal of poetics,
among other venues.