Historical research and advisory functions within the study of political institutions and international relations, as well as that of political theories, ideologies and cultures
TechniqueHistorical research methodology
Users- Libraries - Museums - Archives - Media and communication - Policy - Educational world
Political history, Political theory, International relations, Political culture
Мain professional interests: gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religion in Eastern Europe and Bulgaria. Currently, Shaban is investigating sexual minorities and identities in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. More specifically his FWO project is focused on the construction of male homosexual identities In Bulgaria using a generational perspective.
TechniqueI have used primarily qualitative methods in my research works. I have done observations, in-depth interviews, oral histories, focus groups, and digital ethnography.
UsersMy expertise can serve different public and non-governmental institutions dealing with gender equality, sexual minorities, sexual health and education, as well as ethnic and religious aspects of gender and sexuality.
Vulnerable groups, Homosexuality, Gender equality, Gender
My area of expertise focuses the history of premodern Islamic world. More particularly, my research deals with the history of the contacts between Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran during the 13th-16th centuries. I study how and why those exchanges took place, and on which basis. I base my research on Arabic sources (from the Mamluk period), as well as Persian sources (post-Mongol period). I now also extend this study to both the Western and Eastern part of the Islamic world, to include the Maghreb and India. Another part of my research also focuses on issue of religious patronage in the Hijaz (holy cities of Islam) during the reign of the Mamluk sultanate.
TechniqueDiplomatics Discours analysis
UsersAnyone interested in the history of the Mamluk sultanate and post-Mongols.
Islam, Mamluks, Diplomacy
Political history of early modern Europe (1500-1800) and particularly of the Habsburg Netherlands. Political representation in early modern Europe (1500-1800). History of reigning dynasties, of royal courts and of the nobility. History of the royal hunt. Heraldry (including heraldic design).
TechniqueArchival research and historical research in general.
UsersHistorians, journalists, broadcasters, documentary makers, curators of exhibitions.
History of the netherlands, Dynastic politics
Abigail D. Newman specializes in Early Modern European art, particularly the intersections between the art of the Low Countries and of the Iberian world.
TechniqueHer first book project mines a plethora of sources, from archival documents, art theoretical texts and the historiography of both regions.
UsersHer first book project should interest a broad scholarly audience, particularly art historians, historians, and a broader group of scholars in the humanities.
Art history, Immigration
Tim Soens is an expert in Landscape and Environmental history, with specific emphasis on - climate history (Little Ice Age to Anthropocene) - coastal and riverine landscapes - wetland management - urban waters - traditional agriculture - natural disasters, risks and their management - urban food provisioning and the role of urban agriculture and urban commons in urban food supplies - evolution of urban and rural landscapes (using historical GIS) - long-term evolutions of inequalities
TechniqueTim Soens is coordinating the GIStorical Antwerp centre, which is a leading centre of expertise in the field of historical GIS and digital landscape reconstruction: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/projects/gistorical-antwerp/ His work is based on intensive interdisciplinary collaboration, often with archeologists, soil scientists and architects (see https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/projecten/vijf-eeuwen-doel/) With the Belgian State Archives, the GIStorical team launched the DIGHIMAPS-project in 2019, which explores the unique collections of pre-1800 local maps in the Belgian State Archives as spatial key to the past. GISTorical Antwerp is also the cornerstone of our particiapation in the European Time Machine project, which turns the unique cultural heritage of Europe into 'big data of the past' and brings inspiration for Europe's development in the 21st century. Apart from GIStorical Antwerp and more traditional historical methods and sources, experimental methodologies are used to investigate the role of Urban Agriculture and urban food supplies in the past, see the Hofstad-project: onderzoeken: https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/projecten/hofstad/
UsersBuilding with the Past! Landscape and Environmental history is an important asset for: - landscape heritage and its preservation - archeological surveys (often in the context of new building activities or infrastructural developments) - historical soil pollution - biodiversity and the conservation and/or restoration of landscape/natural qualities. - coastal and riverine management - recreational valorization of landscapes - strenghtening of social cohesion and societal integration - sustainable food supplies in town and countryside
Urban agriculture, Landscape history, Coastal wetlands, Agricultural history, River dikes, Climate change
Marjolein Van Bavel is an expert in histories of gender and corporality, with a specific emphasis on women who transgress social and bodily norms. Marjolein considers women’s transgressions as potential motors for emancipation or historical change. This interest has translated itself in research on (1) Mexican women who have participated in the sporting spectacles of boxing and lucha libre (wrestling) in Mexico since the 1930s, (2) in Dutch and British women who posed for the men’s magazine Playboy since the 1950s, and (3) in Dutch women bodybuilders since the 1980s. Marjolein is also an expert in the method of oral history.
TechniqueMarjolein Van Bavel is an expert in the field of oral history and narrative studies theory and methodology. She is also specialised in the qualitative analysis of a range of other sources (such as historical magazine and newspaper publications, governmental sources, etc.), which both informs her oral history practice and is also analytically combined with the data gathered from interviews.
UsersAcademics, educators, students, journalists, public engagement event organizers, etc.
Mexican history, Oral history
I am currently doing and/or supervising research on (1) the political history of masculinities and sexualities (from a broad, international perspective); (2) encounters between 'Europe' and 'the Middle East' (19-20th centuries); (3) international adoptions of children in Belgium; (4) the diplomatic role of the International Council of Women and transnational 'humanitarianism'; (5) contemporary history of universities.
TechniqueHistorical research methods, including archival research, analysis of discourses and ideas, historical-anthropological approaches, oral history.
UsersJournalists Social organisations like LGBTQ organisations, feminist groups etc. Artistic and cultural organisations
Masculinities, Lgbt, Sexuality, Ottoman empire, Cultural encounters, Gender studies