LUCK fellowship for postdoc Eva Andersen: March 2023

Eva Andersen was awarded a fellowship at the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK) in Sweden. She will be a visiting fellow for two weeks in March 2023. During her stay she will present her ongoing research and interact with the centre’s team of historians of knowledge.


Wetenschap Centraal: 14 December 2022

Nele Wynants is invited to Wetenschap Centraal, the UAntwerp science cafe (in collaboration with Bibliotheek Permeke) on 14 December 2022.


'Journée d’étude Méliès et l’art magique': 9 December 2022

Nele Wynants is invited to speak at the international seminar 'Journée d’étude Méliès et l’art magique' at the Cinémathèque française in Paris on 9 December.


'Spectacular Devices: Visual, Literary and Material Cultures of Wonder in the Long 19th Century' conference at UNIL: 1-2 December 2022

PhD Tim Overkempe will present his paper "Between the laboratory and the fairground. X-ray imagery as a spectacular new visual medium in the Belle Epoque" during the first panel 'Spectacular Wonders' of the Spectacular Devices conference at the University of Lausanne on 1 December. Download the programme here:

FWO grant for PhD Hannah Welslau in October 2022

In October 2022, Hannah Welslau received an FWO grant for her PhD research project "Staging the Supernatural. The Role of Theatre, Science and Media in the Rise and Fall of Spiritualist Performances in Belgium, 1830-1930". This PhD project will map and analyse the ways in which spiritualism, popular entertainment, science and religion were dynamically interconnected in Belgium between 1830 and 1930.


The History of Emotions in the Low Countries, a state of the art meeting / Dag van de Emotiegeschiedenis: 7 October 2022

Hannah Welslau and Bart Moens (B-magic, ULB) were invited to present their posters during the Dag van de Emotiegeschiedenis's poster session on 7 October at the Radboud Institute for Culture & History in Nijmegen


‘Les spectacles de curiosités en Europe de la Révolution française à la fin du XIXe siècle’: 29-30 September 2022

Nele Wynants participated in the international colloquium ‘Les spectacles de curiosités en Europe de la Révolution française à la fin du XIXe siècle’ at Clermont-Ferrand on 29-30 September 2022.


International Society for Intellectual History Conference 2022: University of Venice, 12-15 September 2022

Anse De Weerdt presented her paper 'Charles Lemaire and His Travelling Colonial Pictures' at the ISIH Conference in Venice on 15 September 2022. The conference on the topic of Histories of Knowledge: Political, Historical and Cultural Epistemologies in Intellectual History was guest hosted by the ERC. Anse joined the panel on Travel, Expeditions and Knowledge to expand on Lemaire's lecture during the second world conference of the Esperanto community in Geneva (1906).


IFTR World Congress 2022: 20-24 June 2022

Sarah AdamsEva Andersen and Nele Wynants presented a panel at the IFTR World Congress 2022, 20-24 June in Reykjavik, Iceland. The panel was entitled “Circulating Knowledge across North-Western Europe through Performance and Entertainment” and showcased three related research projects on itinerant popular theatre and fairground entertainment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and their role in processes of knowledge circulation and transmission from European centre cities to peripheral provinces.


9th Gewina Conference: 17-18 June 2022

The SciFair team members presented posters of their individual projects at the 9th Gewina Conference Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology, 17-18 June 2022 in Zeist.


S:PAM-lectures at the University of Ghent: 18 May 2022

Nele Wynants and Evelien Jonckheere were invited to participate in the S:PAM-lectures at the University of Ghent (Vandenhove Paviljoen) on 18 May 2022. In her talk entitled ‘Circus and Fairground History as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities’ Nele addressed a few challenges and opportunities of the SciFair project. Evelien introduced her new FWO-project ‘Physiognomic culture in popular performance: on the use of stereo-‘types’ in fin-de-siècle Brussels’.


The B-magic Final Conference: 4-7 May 2022

The B-magic Final Conference ‘The Magic Lantern in Leisure, Entertainment and Popular Culture' took place on 5-7 May 2022 at the Photography museum (FOMU). The preconference event was held on on 4 May 2022 at the Royal Film Archive of Belgium - CINEMATEK, 9 Rue Baron Horta, 1000 Brussels. Eva AndersenTim OverkempeGitte SamoyHannah Welslau and Anse De Weerdt presented posters of their individual projects.


History of Knowledge seminar of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge: 20 April 2022

Eva Andersen and Nele Wynants were invited to present the Science at the Fair-project at the History of Knowledge seminar of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK) at Lund University.


New team members: February - May 2022

Since February 2022, Gitte Samoy and Hannah Welslau joined the team as PhD students, Tim Overkempe started in May.


Research Day: 22 March 2022

Nele Wynants introduced the SciFair project at the yearly Research Day of UAntwerp’s Faculty of Arts on 22 March 2022.