Elke Van Damme

Elke Van Damme graduated in 2003 as a social assistant at the Arteveldehogeschool (Ghent) and in 2006 as a a master in Communication Studies. From January 2007 until October 2008, she was connected as a research and teaching assistant to the department of Communication Studies (Ghent University) and from October 2008 till September 2013 she worked on a research project, funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) and supervised by Prof. Dr. D. Biltereyst and Prof. Dr. S. Van Bauwel). In March 2013, she successfully defended her PhD Youth f(r)iction. A multi-method research on the use, representation and consumption of youth's contemporary screen culture.

From October 2013, Elke started working at Luca School of Arts as a lecturer (Culture & Mediastudies 1 & 2), researcher and thesis supervisor. Between October 2014 and March 2016, she was a guest professor at Ghent University where she taught the courses International Communication and Cultural Media Studies. From October 2015 till February 2018, she was the head of the Audiovisual Arts Department in Luca School of Arts (campus Brussels).


Research interests:
Gender studies, identity construction, media culture, youth, youth culture, representations, active audience, cultural studies

Selection of publications:

  • Van Damme, E. (forthcoming). Book review of Krijnen, T., & Van Bauwel, S. (2015). Gender and media: Representing, producing, consuming. London: Routledge. 208 pp. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research (COMM).
  • Van Damme, E. (2013). Youth f(r)iction. A multi-method research on the use, representation and consumption of youth's contemporary screen culture. Ghent University.
  • Van Damme, E. (2012). Television talk as a site for identity construction. A qualitative audience research on Flemish teenagers’ consumption of sexual television scripts. Working Papers Film & TV studies, 2012(2): 1-97.
  • Van Damme, E., & Biltereyst, D. (2012). Let’s talk about sex. Audience research on Flemish teenage television viewers and their view on sexuality. Journal of Youth Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2012.710744.
    Van Damme, E., & Van Bauwel, S. (2012a). ‘I don’t wanna be anything other than me’. A case study on the gender representations of teenagers in the American teen drama series One Tree Hill. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 21(1): 17-33.
    Van Damme, E., & Van Bauwel, S. (2012b). Sex as spectacle: An overview of gender and sexual scripts in teen series popular with Flemish teenagers. Journal of Children and Media, DOI: 10.1080/17482798.2012.673499.
    Adriaens, F., Van Damme, E. & Courtois, C. (2011). The spatial and social context of television viewing adolescents. Poetics: Journal of empirical research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, 39(3): 205-227.
    Van Damme, E. (2010). Gender And Sexual Scripts in Popular American Teen Series. A Study on The Gendered Discourses in One Tree Hill And Gossip Girl. Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural studies, 2(1), 77-92.
    Van Damme, E. (2010). ‘Casualising’ sexuality in teen series. A study on the gendered sexual discourses in the popular American teen series One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl. In: T. Krijnen, C. Alvares & S. Van Bauwel (Eds.), Gendered Transformations.Theory and Practices on Gender and Media (pp.167-184).Bristol: Intellect.
    Van Damme, E. (2010). ‘Soap skilled teenagers’: een casestudie naar gender en seksuele discoursen in de Amerikaanse populaire tienerserie One Tree Hill. In: S. Van Bauwel, E. Van Damme & H. Verstraeten (eds.) Diverse mediawerelden: hedendaagse reflecties gebaseerd op het onderzoek van Frieda Saeys (pp.305-318). Academia Press: Gent.

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