After completing my degree in history at the University of Ghent (2013), I was a scientific collaborator in the Faculty of History at Ghent (Research Unit Social History since 1750) (2014-2015). Currently, I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Antwerp (Centre for Urban History) under the supervision of prof. dr. Hilde Greefs (UA) and prof. dr. Anne Winter (2016-2019).
PhD research project
My PhD research project ‘Between local and global: two generations of seafarers in the port of Antwerp during the second half of the nineteenth century’ is part of the broader IMMIBEL-project ‘Outcast or Embraced? Clusters of Foreign Migrants in Belgium, c. 1840-1890’, and aims to investigate seafarers who were working in one of the most internationalized labour market segments of Belgium during the nineteenth century, the maritime labour market. More specifically, I explore the migration patterns and trajectories, but also the recruitment patterns, profiles and career developments of sailors. Tracing the individual trajectories of foreign seamen will, in turn, provide insights into social networks of this diverse and transnational community.
My broad interests encompass nineteenth- and twentieth-century Belgium, maritime history, the history of universities, the Flemish movement before and during the First World War, and prosopography.