Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei studied classical composition, linguistics, multimedia art, and group-analytic psychotherapy. He received his Ph.D. in Media & Communications from the European Graduate School and Ph.D. in Modern Thought from the University of Aberdeen.
Van Gerven Oei is co-director of scholar-led open-access press punctum books and board member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association. As a philologist, he specializes in the Old Nubian language, publishing A Reference Grammar of Old Nubian (Peeters, forthcoming 2021). He is co-founder of the Union for Nubian Studies and co-managing editor of Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies.
Furthermore, Van Gerven Oei is co-founder of project bureau for the arts and humanities The Departments of Eagles, media outlet Exit, and the Ottonomy Foundation in Albania. His three-volume work Lapidari (punctum books, 2015) provides the first complete overview of socialist monumentality in Albania. He is also editor of the New World Summit.
As a translator, Van Gerven Oei works mostly with anonymous Makuritan scribes and more recent authors such as Jean Daive, Hervé Guibert, Werner Hamacher, Dick Raaijmakers, Avital Ronell, and Nachoem M. Wijnberg. He has an ongoing collaboration with Japanese manga artist Gengoroh Tagame. His writings have appeared in Afterall, Glossa, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology, postmedieval, and Theory & Event, among other venues.