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Biography

I am a cultural historian with a focus on the history of museums and exhibitions. I hold M.A. Degrees in History (Ghent University) and Curatorial Studies (Goethe University Frankfurt). I am interested in the ways visual representation in cultural spaces both reflects and constitutes power structures in society. 

During my studies, I have extensively examined the cultural politics of the European Union. Particularly, I have analyzed the manner in which exhibitions have been used to contribute to a process of cultural Europeanization at the level of the citizen.

My PhD research is concerned with the participation of the European Communities in World Expos, from Expo 58 in Brussels in 1958, to the latest Expo in Milan in 2015. World Expos offered the EC a unique platform to exercise both internal identity politics and external cultural diplomacy. 

To read more about my PhD project, go to the section on Research.


Conferences

Conferences I will take part in soon include:

Roundtable discussion on the House of European History. One year after the opening. Evaluation and Controversies, at Metti la storia al lavoro, seconda conferenza italiana di Public History in Pisa, June 15th 2018

Graduate Workshop »Europe and the World: Between Colonialism and Globalisation«, organized by the Gerda Henkel Academy at Villa Vigoni, June 18th to 22nd 2018

Second Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration, European University Institute, September 10th to 11th 2018

In the past, I have participated in various other conferences and summer schools. An overview is provided in the section List of publications. 

Work Experience

Beside of my academic work, I have worked in various museums and non-governmental organizations, including Portikus and the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, the European Parliament (Traineeship with Schuman Scholarship) and the UNESCO Liaison Office to the European Union (Scholarship by Flanders Trainee Programme). 

For more information on my work history, please visit my LinkedIn Profile.

Language Skills

My working languages are Dutch (C2), English, German, French and Italian (all C1 level).
I am currently learning Spanish (B2).