Jan Baetens holds a PhD in contemporary French literature from KU Leuven. After several years of teaching at Maastricht University (Holland), he was appointed at Leuven University, in the Cultural Studies program. He has published widely on word and image studies, generally in the field of the so called minor literary genres (photonovel, comics, novelization) as well as on modern poetry and the theory and history of photography. He is the author of various monographic studies, among which recently Pour en finir avec la poesie dite minimaliste (Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2014) and, coauhtored with Hugo Frey, The Graphic Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He serves on the board of various scholarly journals, such as History of Photography. He is also a published poet (in French).