Maxim Rigaux (°1991) received a bachelor degree in Latin and Spanish Literature and Linguistics and a master degree in Historical Literature and Linguistics (2013) at Ghent University. Afterwards he completed the Advanced Master in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2014) at the University of Leuven. Since October 2014, he is again affiliated to Ghent University where he holds a predoctoral research fellowship of the FWO (Flanders Research Foundation). The PhD project with the title “The Art of Assimilation: Identity and Otherness in the Epic Poetry of Lepanto” (supervisors Elizabeth Amann and Wim Verbaal) approaches a series of Hispanic epic poems written in the wake of the battle of Lepanto (1571). It explores the representation of the cultural Other in these poems and the way in which they enter into dialogue with the Classical and Christian traditions.