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About Nel de Mûelenaere

I'm a historian of 19th and 20th century Europe interested in the (inter)national politics of everyday life. My upcoming project at Cornell University traces the steps of two American female professors who came to Belgium in the early 1920s to study and improve women's education and children's nutrition. I'm using this microhistory to shed light on the gendered practices of US philantropic organisations, their role in the expansion of American soft power and the growing state interest in the domestic sphere.

I hold a PhD in political history from Antwerp University and MA degrees in history and political sciences from Ghent University. My dissertation explored forgotten militarization processes in Belgian society between 1890 and 1914. Before, I worked as scientific coordinator for National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the Centre for historical research and documentation on war and contemporary society (CEGES-SOMA).

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2000 Antwerpen
Tel. 032654530