Day to day programme

The 5-day programme consists of a public keynote lecture by Sofie Lachapelle (Dean of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University, CA), 15 lectures by national and international experts in the fields of Art, Performance and Media studies and the Histories of Science and Knowledge, and 5 presentations by artist-researchers, providing a more practice-based approach to the subject.

Monday 4 Sept: Setting the Stage – Knowledge & Performance

  • Nele Wynants (University of Antwerp) – Performing Science, Mediating Knowledge: Introduction
  • Sven Dupré (Utrecht University & Amsterdam University) – Lecture 'Knowledge and the Arts: Actors, Performance, Conservation'
  • Karel Vanhaesebrouck (Université libre de Bruxelles) – Lecture 'On the Popular and some other Historiographic Misunderstandings'
  • Sarah Vanhee (freelance artist Brussels) – Bodies of Knowledge
  • Sofie Lachapelle (University of Guelph) – Keynote Lecture on Science and Magic

Tuesday 5 Sept: Venues of Knowledge Performance

  • Charlotte Bigg (Centre A. Koyré, CNRS Paris) – The Scientific Conference as a Performance  | Performing Science at the International Exposition
  • Wesley Meuris (artist-researcher Sint Lucas Antwerp) – Extended Gaze
  • Student Presentations: poster session 1 (work in progress)
  • Leen Engelen (Luca School of Arts, Leuven) – Lecture on the Panorama
  • Field Trip I (FOMU) – visit Kaiserpanorama
  • Film screening Broken View, a film by Hannes Verhoustraete (KASK School of Arts Ghent), with introduction and Q&A

​Wednesday 6 Sept: Staging Knowledge​

  • Parveen Kanhai (independent researcher) – Lecture 'Amassing Objects, Exhibiting People'
  • Sarah J. Adams (Ghent University & University of Antwerp) – Lecture 'Racialization and Theories of Race in Dutch Theatre (1800)'
  • Student Presentations: poster session 2 (work in progress)
  • Hannes Verhoustraete (KASK School of Arts, Ghent) ​​– The Making of Broken View
  • Evelien Jonckheere (University of Antwerp) – Lecture 'Faces, Physiognomy and Caricature'
  • Machiko Kusahara (Waseda University Tokyo) – Keynote lecture

Thursday 7 Sept: Media and Networks of Knowledge

  • Joe Kember (University of Exeter) – Lecture on Magic Lantern Lecture Networks
  • Doina Kraal (freelance artist) – A Phenomenology of the Peepshow box: The Peepshow Box as a Model for Research and Artistic Practice
  • Student Presentations: poster session 3 (work in progress)
  • Eva Andersen (University of Antwerp) – Lecture on Knowledge Networks
  • Bart G. Moens (Université libre de Bruxelles & University of Antwerp) – Lecture 'Transparent images? On objectivity and photographic lantern slides (1890-1920)'
  • Erkki Huhtamo (University of California, Los Angeles) – Keynote lecture
  • Evening programme – Magic Lantern lecture and performance by Kurt Vanhoutte & Ditmar Bollaert

Friday 8 Sept: Objects of Knowledge (venue: GUM Ghent)

  • Kurt Vanhoutte (University of Antwerp) & Thibaut Rioult (University of Antwerp) – Lecture 'Charged Objects: The Embodied Knowledge of Things'
  • Deirdre Feeney (independent artist) – Lecture 'A practice-based approach to revealing the hidden image-life of lenses'
  • Workshop – Curating Scientific Objects: tbc
  • Marjan Doom (Ghent University) – Curating Science
  • Field Trip II – Guided visit Ghent University Museum (GUM)
  • Concluding round table debate


University of Antwerp City Campus
Photography Museum (FOMU) Antwerp
Ghent University Museum (GUM) Ghent
Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

Walking distance from train station Antwerpen-Centraal
Waalsekaai 47, 2000 Antwerp

Google Maps
Tram 1 and 10 or bus 13 and 14 from train station Antwerpen-Centraal
Karel Lodewijk Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Gent
Walking distance from train station Gent-Sint-Pieters

Target group

This Summer School is aimed at research MA and PhD students and more advanced artists and scholars in the field of Arts, Performance, Media and Cultural History. In a five-day programme, they will deepen their understanding of how performance played a crucial role in the circulation of science, knowledge and visual culture; and shaped modern Western culture. By also considering the interplay between present-day media performances and the archaeological traces they carry, the programme moreover aims to unearth often overlooked relations and prehistories of so-called ‘new’ media.

The Summer School will enable junior academic and artistic researchers to become acquainted with a variety of concepts, methods, and approaches in the fields of cultural and performance studies and the histories of science, knowledge and media and to enter into dialogue with a number of specialists in those respective fields. Sessions are meant to be informal in nature and will consist of 

  1. an extensive introduction by an international speaker,
  2. a discussion based on a set of texts that will be made available to read beforehand,
  3. and an invitation to present research in progress in interactive poster sessions.

The following questions will be the focus of the plenary discussions: What is the relation between performance, science, knowledge and their objects and media? How can performance mediate scientific ideas or insights? What is the role of the venue, the props and costumes in the way knowledge is staged and received? Which forms of knowledge are communicated through bodily expression, imagery, narratives and imagination? What kind of knowledge is contained in scientific objects, media and technologies? And how does their meaning change when they move from the lab to the exhibition space or the theatre where they interact with an audience?

Micro-credential and study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 6 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.